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11:30 AM ET, December 1, 2013


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Cary Osborne /
Actor Paul Walker killed in Valencia car crash  —  Two people were killed Saturday afternoon when a Porsche sports car crashed and burst into flames in Valencia, and the passenger was actor Paul Walker, his publicist confirmed to the Associated Press  —  “Sadly I have to confirm that Paul Walker …
Train derails in New York, killing 4  —  Bronx train derailment  —  New York (CNN) — A passenger train derailment Sunday morning killed at least four people and injured 63 others, officials said.  —  Firefighters and emergency rescuers swarmed the scene near Spuyten Duyvil station in the Bronx …
New York Times:
4 Dead in Metro-North Train Derailment in the Bronx  —  At least four people were killed after a Metro-North Railroad train derailed Sunday morning in the Bronx along the Hudson River, officials said.  —  A total of 67 people were injured — 11 critically — a New York Fire Department spokesman, Jim Long, said.
Discussion: Towleroad News #gay and Gawker
ABC 7 Eyewitness News:
Metro-North train derails in the Bronx  —  mass transit, train accident, metro north, abc7 traffic center  —  NEW YORK (WABC) — Authorities say a Metro-North train has derailed in the Bronx, and multiple injuries are reported.  —  It happened at 7:20 Sunday morning at Palisades Avenue …
Brett LoGiurato / Business Insider:
Obama Administration Declares That It Has ‘Met The Goal’ Of Improving The Obamacare Site  —  The Obama administration is out with a progress report on, the federal health care website that it pledged in late October would be fixed for the “vast majority” of users by Nov. 30.
W.H.: Obamacare site now works for ‘vast majority’
Discussion: CNN
Washington Post: will meet deadline for fixes, White House officials say
New York Times:
Health Care Site Rushing to Make Fixes by Sunday
P.J. O'Rourke / Wall Street Journal:
The Boomer Bust  —  Here we are in the baby boom cosmos.  What have we wrought?  —  The Baby Boom generation spans eighteen years.  Already, the earliest boomers have reached retirement age.  Many are getting more conservative as they get older.  WSJ's Jason Bellini reports.
Discussion: Vox Popoli
New York Times:
Inside the Race to Rescue a Health Care Site, and Obama  —  WASHINGTON — As a small coterie of grim-faced advisers shuffled into the Oval Office on the evening of Oct. 15, President Obama's chief domestic accomplishment was falling apart 24 miles away, at a bustling high-tech data center in suburban Virginia.
Steve Coll / New Yorker:
HIGHER CALLING  —  In 2005, Alaska Airlines fired nearly five hundred union baggage handlers in Seattle and replaced them with contractors.  The old workers earned about thirteen dollars an hour; the new ones made around nine.  The restructuring was a common episode in America's recent experience of inequality.
Discussion: Prairie Weather
Michael A. Fletcher / Washington Post:
Puerto Rico, with at least $70 billion in debt, confronts a rising economic misery  —  SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico — Boxes and wooden crates filled with household items bound for the U.S. mainland are stacked high in the Rosa del Monte moving company's cavernous warehouse, evidence of the historic rush …
NY Daily News:
Elderly woman could be city's 10th ‘knockout game’ victim  —  Yvonne Small, 76, fell to the ground after being punched by her assailant on Alabama Ave. and Wortman Ave. in East New York about 11:35 a.m.  —  The New York City Police Department is asking for the public's assistance in identifying …
Jason Seher / CNN:
Rogers: Obama administration ‘screwed up’ Syria deal  —  Washington (CNN) - Two and a half months after the U.S. backed off its threat to launch a bombing campaign against the Syrian regime, not everyone in Congress is happy with the easing of tensions.  —  In an interview that aired Sunday morning …
Discussion: Politico
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