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5:03pm

Mon December 2, 2013
All Tech Considered

Could A Tech Giant Build A Better Health Exchange? Maybe Not

Originally published on Mon December 2, 2013 7:48 pm

Workers process applications for Oregon's health exchange program. The state paid tech giant Oracle to build its online exchange, but with the site still not functional, people shopping for insurance have been forced to apply on paper.
Don Ryan AP

Oregon has spent more than $40 million to build its own online health care exchange. It gave that money to a Silicon Valley titan, Oracle, but the result has been a disaster of missed deadlines, a nonworking website and a state forced to process thousands of insurance applications on paper.

Some Oregon officials were sounding alarms about the tech company's work on the state's online health care exchange as early as last spring. Oracle was behind schedule and, worse, didn't seem able to offer an estimate of what it would take to get the state's online exchange up and running.

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3:54pm

Mon December 2, 2013
NPR Story

Investigation Of New York Train Derailment Continues

Originally published on Mon December 2, 2013 6:12 pm

Transportation officials are investigating what caused a Metro-North Railroad passenger train to derail along the Hudson River in New York on Sunday morning. The crash left four dead and injured dozens more.

3:54pm

Mon December 2, 2013
NPR Story

ACLU Sues, Claiming Catholic Hospitals Put Women At Risk

Originally published on Mon December 2, 2013 6:50 pm

Archbishop Joseph William Tobin of Indianapolis prays at the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops' annual fall meeting in Baltimore on Nov. 12.
Patrick Semansky AP

The American Civil Liberties Union has decided to go directly to the source of its unhappiness with the way women are treated in Catholic hospitals. It's suing the nation's Catholic bishops.

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3:54pm

Mon December 2, 2013
NPR Story

Ukranians Face Choice Between EU And Russia

Originally published on Mon December 2, 2013 6:12 pm

Thousands of Ukrainian protesters blockaded government buildings in Kiev Monday seeking to oust President Viktor Yanukovich. Demonstrations over the weekend drew as many as 350,000 people in the largest rally since the Orange Revolution. The protests came after Yanukovich decided to abandon a trade deal with the European Union and instead seek closer ties with Russia. Robert Siegel talks to Steven Pifer, former U.S. ambassador to Ukraine, about the political landscape in the country and its relationship with Moscow.

4:45pm

Sun December 1, 2013
Music Interviews

Ben Allison: Leading A Stellar Band Far Beyond The World

Originally published on Sun December 1, 2013 6:55 pm

The Stars Look Very Different Today, the new album from bassist and composer Ben Allison (far right) and his band, comes out Dec. 3.
Courtesy of the artist

Most music fans will recognize the title of Ben Allison's new album, The Stars Look Very Different Today, as a reference to the song "Space Oddity," itself a reference to the film 2001: A Space Odyssey.

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