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Emily M. Kochanek – News Editor

ACA Website fixes-
President Obama promised back in October the glitches overwhelming the Affordable Care Act website would be fixed by November 30th. In a statement released by the White House early Sunday, December 1, officials announced the site would be able to host 50,000 site users at a time and up to 800,000 visits per day. The Department of Health and Human Services said, “We believe we have met the goal of having a system that will work smoothly for the vast majority of users.” Only 200,000 people have signed up for health care under the ACA, far from the 7 million the administration is targeting.

Plan B revelations-
In a recent report from Mother Jones, European drug manufacturer HRA Pharma has asked to relabel their morning-after pill, Norlevo, after revelations that the drug is not effective on women over 176 pounds and begins to lose its effectiveness in women at 165 pounds. The pill is identical to the Plan B birth control used in the U.S. and the FDA is now investigating the claims, wondering if U.S. labels should be changed as well. The findings are startling as many women use the drug as a preventative measure of birth control.

Iran’s nuclear agreement-
At the end of November, Iran and the P5+1 countries, six countries part of the UN Security Council, agreed on a nuclear deal that would suspend Iran’s uranium enrichment for six months in return for an easing on sanctions. Iran, who signed the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons, has not been compliant with UN nuclear inspectors. But with the mounting pressure from economic sanctions, newly elected President Hassan Rouhan came to the negotiating table. The full agreement insists Iran halt all uranium enrichment above 5%, the amount needed for basic power, halt constructing centrifuges, and allowing UN inspectors into their nuclear facilities. In return, the country will be able to export and import metals and oil without limitations. Student financing will also be available.

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