New ‘deadline’ for fixing Obamacare glitches seen in mid-November

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. administration has a little over a month to fix the technology problems crippling its online health insurance marketplace, or jeopardize the goal of signing up millions of Americans in time for benefits under President Barack Obama’s healthcare law, experts said on Thursday.

Accused Colorado gunman’s computer used to search ‘rational insanity’

CENTENNIAL, Colo. (Reuters) – A computer belonging to accused gunman James Holmes, who claims he was insane when he shot dead 12 Colorado moviegoers last year, contained an internet search for the term “rational insanity,” a police officer testified on Thursday.

Mother of jailed U.S. missionary in North Korea to see son

SEATTLE (Reuters) – The mother of jailed U.S. missionary Kenneth Bae has arrived in North Korea to visit her ailing son, who was sentenced to 15 years of hard labor in May on charges of state subversion, his family said on Thursday.



German firm blocked shipments to U.S. distributor after drug sent for executions

(Reuters) – A German manufacturer confirmed on Thursday that it took the extraordinary step of suspending shipments of a widely used drug to a U.S. distributor this year after 20 vials were mistakenly sent to the state of Missouri to be used in executions.



Rising number of U.S. homes at risk from wildfires -report

(Reuters) – The number of homes at risk from wildfires in western U.S. states jumped 62 percent in the past year as more properties were developed in fire-prone areas, according to a report released on Thursday.



Obama, Republicans aim to end crisis after meeting

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama and Republican leaders appeared ready to end a political crisis that has shuttered much of the U.S. government and pushed the country dangerously close to default after meeting at the White House on Thursday.



Astronaut Scott Carpenter, fourth American in space, dies at 88

DENVER (Reuters) – Astronaut Scott Carpenter, who in 1962 became the fourth American in space and the second to orbit the Earth, died on Thursday in Colorado at age 88 of complications from a stroke, his wife Patty Carpenter said.

Astronaut Scott Carpenter, fourth American in space, dies at 88

DENVER (Reuters) – Astronaut Scott Carpenter, who in 1962 became the fourth American in space and the second to orbit the Earth, died on Thursday in Colorado at age 88 of complications from a stroke, his wife Patty Carpenter said.