October 16, 2013 |
Checking up on a doctor is becoming a major snag for Obamacare shoppers in California. Three weeks into open enrollment, the state's insurance exchange, Covered California, has pulled its online directory of medical providers after acknowledging there are serious problems with the information. The California Medical Assn. says it found mistakes such as obstetricians labeled as ophthalmologists and the wrong doctors described as fluent in Russian and Farsi. Anthem Blue Cross, the state's largest for-profit health insurer, has shut down a similar physician search tool on its website until it can be updated for new plans for sale now under the federal healthcare law. And consumers say calling other insurers and doctor's offices around the state often yields confusing or conflicting answers, leaving them largely in the dark.
October 15, 2013 |
WASHINGTON -- Despite the partial government shutdown, the tax man still cometh. The Internal Revenue Service said that even though most of the agency's employees have been furloughed, Tuesday remained the filing deadline for millions of people who received a six-month extension to complete their 2012 tax returns. "The current lapse in federal appropriations does not affect the federal tax law, and all taxpayers should continue to meet their tax obligations as normal," the IRS said last week in reminding late filers of the upcoming deadline.
October 15, 2013 |
It's official: Apple's next event will be Oct. 22. The Cupertino tech giant sent out invitations to the media for the event, where Apple is expected to announce a variety of new products. The event will be held at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts Theater in San Francisco, and as with all Apple events, it will begin at 10 a.m. "We still have a lot to cover," reads the invitation. Headlining the event will likely be a refreshed line of iPad models. Apple is expected to unveil the fifth generation of the iPad, which may feature a new design similar to that of the iPad Mini.
October 14, 2013 |
USC's game against Utah on Oct. 26 at the Coliseum will kick off at 1 p.m., USC announced Monday. The game will be televised nationally by Pac-12 Networks. USC, coming off a 38-31 victory over Arizona, plays Notre Dame on Saturday at South Bend, Ind. Kickoff is at 4:30 p.m. (PDT) and the game will be televised by NBC. USC's Friday, Nov. 1 game at Oregon State will kick off at 6 p.m. Times for USC's last four games are still to be determined. ALSO: Trojans begin preparations for Notre Dame Former coach Lane Kiffin takes high road in ESPN interview USC cornerback Anthony Brown may be ready for Notre Dame
October 14, 2013 |
AT&T said it will offer only its Mobile Share plan beginning Oct. 25, cutting out all other service options for new wireless customers. The Texas-based carrier introduced its Mobile Share plan a year ago. Under the plan, customers have unlimited talk and texting but splits data usage with others on their plan. AT&T said it has signed up more than 13 million customers for Mobile Share since it launched, and that 95% of new AT&T customers choose that plan. REVIEW: Galaxy Gear is fun, cool but not worth buying just yet [Video]
October 11, 2013 |
The Reel Recovery Film Festival, which focuses on stories of addiction and recovery, kicks off its fifth edition Oct. 18 at the Laemmle's Monica 4-Plex. The festival presented by the Hollywood nonprofit recovery group Writers in Treatment, includes features, shorts, TV shows and discussions. "In the past few decades, there have been numerous films exploring addiction and recovery, from comedies to thrillers, dramas to documentaries -- a creative outburst that proves the stories of addiction are as diverse as humans themselves," said Leonard Buschel, executive director of the festival, in a statement.
October 10, 2013 |
The fifth annual Red Carpet Green Dress competition, which has designers competing to create eco-friendly fashion that will be showcased in front of millions of eyeballs on the Academy Awards red carpet, gets underway Friday. Founded by Suzy Amis Cameron (wife of director James Cameron), the contest not only provides a high-profile platform for environmentally friendly fashion, but it also serves as a fundraiser for MUSE School CA, a nonprofit, educational organization in Malibu Canyon that was founded by Amis Cameron and her sister, Rebecca Amis.
October 8, 2013 |
For all the acrimony in Washington over Obamacare, there's an intriguing consensus around one issue: the ratchet effect. Neither side uses the term, but both the right and left treat it as an article of faith. The term was coined by the libertarian economist Robert Higgs. In his book "Crisis and Leviathan," Higgs described how the state takes on massive new powers during a crisis, usually wars. When the crisis subsides, the state relinquishes some of those powers, but it never gives them all back.
October 7, 2013 |
Boise is crazy about its hometown son, Aaron Paul. Last month more than 700 fans showed up at Boise's historic Egyptian Theater to get a glimpse of Paul and watch a live stream of the third-to-last episode of Paul's hit show, "Breaking Bad. " Soon after that, Idaho's governor issued a proclamation declaring Oct. 1 "Aaron Paul Sturtevant Day. " It's easy to see why Boise is excited about Paul. The only other super-famous Boise resident was also a Paul . Paul Revere (of Paul Revere & the Raiders , not Paul Revere & the Midnight Riders )
October 4, 2013 |
Tony Bennett , the veteran pop-jazz crooner who's going strong at age 86, will dive headlong into the blogosphere on Tuesday to mark the release of his live album “Tony Bennett Live at the Sahara: Las Vegas, 1964.” His entire Columbia Records catalog will become available for the first time in digital form on Tuesday. The “I Left My Heart in San Francisco” singer will take part in an open forum question-answer session on Twitter, field more questions from fans via Facebook and will participate in a live video chat on HuffPost Live . PHOTOS: Celebrities by The Times Questions for Bennett can be submitted ahead of time on Facebook and over Twitter using the hashtags #AskTony and #TonyDigitalDay.