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The head of the National Intelligence Agency has told US lawmakers on Capitol Hill, that the spying on leaders of its foreign allies has been a common practice for decades. The National Intelligence Director James Clapper noting the same kind of spying takes place on the other side with 40 agencies spying on American officials. Clapper also said he believes some recent disclosures by the US surveillance will affect US security.
"The unauthorized disclosure of the details of these programs has been extremely damaging, from my advantage as DNI, these disclosures are threatening our ability to conduct intelligence and to keep our country safe."
Marks came as the NSA has been filed for its collection of phone records both in the US and overseas.
The head of Medicare and Medicaid was grilled today by a House Committee on flawed implementation of the Affordable Care Act. NPR's Craig Windham reports Marilyn B Tavenner says the problems have been addressed.
The chairman of the House Ways and Means committee, Dave Camp, pressed Tavenner to disclose the number of people who actually signed up for a health insurance plan since the market place has opened.
How many people have enrolled in exchanges. The chairman comments that number will not be available to mid November.
Tavenner added though that the initial number of enrollments is expected to be small. She insisted that the problems with the federal website are being corrected.
"I want to reassure that the health.gov can and will be fixed."
Camp said the health care law itself is not fixable. But Democratic Congressman John Lewis countered that the affordable care act is working. Craig Windham NPR News Washington.
The World Health Organization has confirmed ten cases of polio in Syria. NPR's Jason Beaubien reports a dozen more cases of suspected polio will be analysed at WHO labs.
The WHO confirms that the cluster of paralysis cases among young children in the eastern Syrian city of Deir al-Zour, is now a break of polio. These are the first cases of polio in Syria since 1999. In a period to be linked directly to the ongoing civil war, most of the children who have been paralyzed under the age of two, and weren't properly vaccinated against the virus. Immunization rates in Syria have plummeted as hospitals have been destroyed, doctors have fled the country, and the country's health care system has collapsed in the conflict. The WHO has launched a mass immunization campaign in both rebel held and government controlled parts of Syria to try to vaccinate 1.6 million kids, against measles, mumps, rubella and polio. Jason Beaubien NPR News, Washington.
News in financial information company, Thomson Reuters, is willing the job cutting acts. The company says it's part of a plan to speed up its cost cutting efforts, that will eliminate 3,000 jobs, as on top of 2,500 previous announced job cuts, the latest announcement comes on the heels with 39% drop and third quarter net income.
Stocks close higher today, extending the standard & poor 500 stringed a record high closes and the Dow was also into record high today. The Dow up 111 points to 15,680; the S&P rose nine points.
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Following a ruling yesterday, to block tough new abortion restrictions in Texas, federal appeals court judge is considering whether to grant emergency appeal to allow the state to enforce the law. In court papers filed to the fifth circuit court of appeals, the state attorney generals ask the judge to rule, whether the law should be allowed to take effect. District judge ruled the law requires doctors to have admitting privileges in the hospital within 30 miles of a clinic that performs abortion, does nothing to protect woman's health. The law if permitted would close roughly a third of all clinics in the state.
National Football League officials are set to meet tomorrow with native American group that opposes the name, the Washington Redskins. But NPR's Allison Keyes tells us the team's already reportedly met with NFL today.
From president Obama to lawmakers to the Oneida Indian nation, the Redskins have faced increasingly strident storm of criticism over a name, some feel as a racial slur. Team owner, Danial Snyder has said the team will never change the name, and the Washington Post has reported that he told NFL commissioner, Roger Goodell, that he still has no plans to do so. Redskins's fans chanted and favor of keeping at the weekend rally before Sunday's lost to the Denver Broncos. The Oneida Indian nation, has a meeting schedule for Wednesday with NFL. The Redskins didn't respond to a request for comment. Allison Keyes NPR News, Washington.
US home prices were up by double digit amount in August, compared to the same month a year ago. Standard and Poor's Case-Shiller 20-city index showing house prices nationwide up almost 13%, strongest gain since 2006. All 20 cities in the index showed the gains from the same period a year ago. Prices in Las Vegas rose the fastest pace of more than 29% in same period last year. The prices there remain 47% below what it were before the housing bubble burst.
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