Tens of thousands remain without power today in parts of Michigan and northeastern states like Maine. An ice storm last weekend continues to make a mess of big chunks of several states. Utility crews are racing to fix or take down power lines, trees, and utility poles. 27 deaths in the U.S. and Canada are being blamed on the storms. It may be Friday before power is restored in some locales. Laura Ingle reporting.
Shipping giants are trying to play catchup today after a late surge of packages missed making to homes by Christmas. UPS and Fed Ex are laming bad weather and high volume for missed deliveries. UPS says it's bringing in extra workers to help. Rick Leventhal catches us up.
A lot of folks are still confused about just who and will not have health insurance by January First after the deadline to sign up under the Affordable Care Act was delayed twice this week.
The White House says a huge surge in traffic in the closing days of signups made the eased deadlines necessary.
Politico has a headline by David Nather called "A Very Nervous New Year for Obamacare." Here's a sample we can use for our guest from the Wall Street Journal Dan Henninger:
"If the Affordable Care Act can get through its first days of actual health coverage without big eruptions, the Obama administration may finally be able to move toward a narrative that focuses on how the law can work. But if it has to spend those days putting out more fires, the phrase "troubled rollout" won't be going away anytime soon."
The President and First Lady visited about 600 troops and their families at Marine Corps Base Hawaii yesterday. Today the President and First Family remain on vacation in the Aloha state.
An American being held in Pakistan appears to be alive. He shows up in a new Al Qaeda video today begging for help from President Obama. The American aid worker, Warren Weinstein, was abducted in 2011 in Lahore, Pakistan.
A suspected U.S. drone strike has killed at least three in Pakistan.
Violent protests continue today in Thailand. An officer was killed today.
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