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11:15 AM ET, December 1, 2013


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Paul Walker Dead — ‘Fast and The Furious’ Star Dies in Fiery Car Crash  —  DEAD AT 40 IN FIERY CAR CRASH  —  EXCLUSIVE  —  Paul Walker — best known for his role in “The Fast and the Furious” movies — died Saturday afternoon after a single-car accident and explosion in Southern California ... TMZ has learned.
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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 …
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’  —  The Obama administration said Sunday that it achieved its goal of making work for the “vast majority” of users, two months after the disastrous start of enrollment in the president's signature health law.
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
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 …
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
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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A Fight Over Contraception Won't Help Obamacare
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