Andrew Slavitt, group executive vice president for Optum/QSSI, right, pauses while testifying on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, Oct. 24, 2013, before the House Energy and Commerce Committee hearing with contractors that built the federal government's health care websites. The contractors responsible for building the troubled Healthcare.gov website say it was the government's responsibility _ not theirs _ to test it and make sure it worked. At left is Cheryl Campbell, Senior vice president of CGI Federal. (AP Photo/ Evan Vucci)
Thursday, October 24, 2013 9:00 pm
10 Things to Know for Friday
By The Associated Press
1. WHERE THE HEALTH CARE WEBSITE WENT WRONG
Contractors say the site's problems trace back to insufficient testing and late changes government officials made.
2. SOME DEMOCRATS SEEK DELAY IN HEALTH CARE LAW
Six Senate Democrats propose delaying the March 31 deadline for applying for coverage and a seventh is co-authoring a bill to postpone the $95 penalty.
3. MERKEL SAYS SPYING ALLEGATIONS HAVE HARMED TIES WITH US
"We need trust among allies and partners," the German leader says. "Such trust now has to be built anew."
4. PORTUGUAL REOPENS THE MADELEINE MCCANN CASE
Prosecutors say new evidence has emerged more than six years after the British girl vanished.
5. WHY ACTIVISTS ARE PUSHING SAUDI WOMEN TO GET BEHIND THE WHEEL
They hope recent reforms made by the monarchy have readied the deeply conservative nation for change.
6. FDA RECOMMENDING LIMITS ON MOST-PRESCRIBED PAINKILLERS
In a big shift, the agency says hydrocodone-containing drugs should be subject to the same restrictions as other narcotics like oxycodone and morphine.
7. WHAT LAW OBAMA WANTS PASSED BY YEAR'S END
The president renews his call for Congress to approve a comprehensive immigration bill.
8. TWITTER SETS $17 TO $20 PER SHARE RANGE FOR IPO
The social networking company says it could raise as much as $1.6 billion in the offering.
9. BAND FROM ASSASSIN'S HAND DRAWS BIG BUCKS
Lee Harvey Oswald's gold wedding ring sells for $108K at auction of JFK items as 50th anniversary of president's shooting approaches.
10. A YEAR BEFORE EXPANDED REPLAY, WORLD SERIES UMPS REVERSE CALL
The overturned call steams the Cards and Red Sox - and gives fans a taste of exactly what they might be missing next year.