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News Wrap: HHS lowers estimate for 2015 health care enrollment

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  • JUDY WOODRUFF:

    The federal government today lowered expectations for the number of people to sign up for coverage under the president's health care law. The report came just ahead of the enrollment period that begins this Saturday. The Department of Health and Human Services forecast 9 to 9.9 million Americans signing up for private health plans in 2015. That's well below the Congressional Budget Office forecast of 13 million.

    HHS also reported 7.1 million people enrolled this year, 200,000 fewer than the previous estimate.

  • GWEN IFILL:

    The U.S. Postal Service says it's been hacked, the latest government agency to come under cyber-attack. The Washington Post reported today that Chinese government hackers are the main suspects in the mid-September attack. The Postal Service said they may have gotten Social Security numbers, addresses and dates of birth. It's unclear how many of the agency's 800,000 workers were affected.

  • JUDY WOODRUFF:

    Winter arrived in force in the Upper Midwest today with heavy snow and temperatures 40 degrees below average. A major storm moved in last night from the Dakotas across Minnesota and Wisconsin. Up to a foot of snow was possible in northern Wisconsin and Minnesota's midsection. The frigid air is expected to freeze much of the Midwest and Eastern U.S. as the week progresses.

  • GWEN IFILL:

    In Nigeria, a suicide bomber killed at least 48 students at a high school assembly in the country's northeast. The Islamist group Boko Haram was believed responsible. Survivors said the killer dressed in a student uniform and hid the bomb in a backpack.

  • JUDY WOODRUFF:

    Two fatal stabbing attacks in the Middle East turned up Arab-Israeli tensions today. In the first, a Palestinian man killed an Israeli soldier at a train station in Jerusalem. The attacker was arrested. Later, in the West Bank, another Palestinian stabbed a woman to death near a Jewish settlement before being shot and seized.

    They followed other recent attacks and prompted a warning from Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

  • PRIME MINISTER BENJAMIN NETANYAHU, Israel (through interpreter):

    We will fight against the incitement from the Palestinian Authority with agents from extremist Islam. Those who protest against the state of Israel and in favor of the Palestinian state, I say to them, simply, move there, to the Palestinian Authority or Gaza. I promise you that the state of Israel will not make it difficult for you, but, for those who stay here, we will make it difficult if you are a rioter or a terrorist.

  • JUDY WOODRUFF:

    The Palestinian Authority, which rules in the West Bank, had no immediate comment, but, in Gaza, the militant group Hamas praised the attacks.

  • GWEN IFILL:

    The fate of the Islamic State group's leader, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, remained unclear today. The Pentagon said it can't confirm reports that he was killed or wounded in weekend airstrikes over Northern Iraq. Separately, Iraqi state TV reported an aide to Baghdadi died in an airstrike near Fallujah.

  • JUDY WOODRUFF:

    An American doctor who caught Ebola in West Africa will be released from a hospital in New York City tomorrow. The New York Times reported late today that Dr. Craig Spencer recovered. Word of his infection last month raised fears in the city when it came out that he had been bowling, eating out and riding a subway before he tested positive.

  • GWEN IFILL:

    In economic news, the price of oil fell again to below $78 a barrel in New York trading. The latest Lundberg survey also found gas prices are down another 13 cents in the past two weeks. And on Wall Street, stocks edged higher, posting new records along the way. The Dow Jones industrial average nearly 40 points to close at 17,613, its best ever; the S&P 500 also hit a new record, adding six points, to finish at 2,038; and the Nasdaq rose 19 points to 4,651.

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