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The nation came to a partial government shutdown on Tuesday, as about 800,000 federal workers were forced off the job. The first shutdown in nearly two decades comes as Congress disputes the president’s signature health care law, otherwise known as Obamacare. During a midday speech, President Barack Obama urged for Congress to pass the budget and end the shutdown.
The president hailed Tuesday as a “historic” day as his new health care program launched across the country. More than 1 million people had signed on to the system before 7 a.m. EDT, according to the president. He also called the opportunity for Americans to access affordable health insurance “life-changing.” You can find out more about how ObamaCare will affect you here.
The Ku Klux Klan rally originally scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 5 at Gettysburg National Military Park has been canceled due to the government shutdown. Officials at the park granted a special use permit to the Maryland-based KKK group, according to the Huffington Post. All permits were rescinded as a result of the government shutdown, which became effective at midnight on Tuesday.
Trying to bring in the younger crowd, McDonald’s has been switching things up a bit with new items such as chicken wings and pumpkin lattes and introducing the new Front Flip Loyalty App. The new app rewards customers with free food and other promotional gimmicks to help appeal to the tech-savvy market. Some of the restaurants even started curbside assistance, allowing their customers to order via mobile phone and pick it up in the drive-thru.
The wife of Woodrow Karey, the man charged in the fatal shooting of pastor Ronald Harris Sr. during a revival service, comes forth saying she had filed a rape complaint against the pastor two days prior to the shooting. Although it’s not clear whether it was an assault or a consensual sexual relationship, an investigation is now pending.
Showing off their new wedding rings, the couple from the hit show Love and Hip Hop Atlanta, sat down at the 2013 BET Hip Hop Awards to talk marriage and the plans of a possible new reality show.
Little Richard, 80, suffered a heart attack at his home. The singer said he had a coughing fit and a shooting pain in his right arm. He took an aspirin and a doctor said he saved his own life. The “Tutti Frutti” singer has largely been out of the spotlight since he almost collapsed during a performance in D.C. last summer.
The “Queen of Hip-Hop Soul” allegedly demanded to be treated like royalty. Mary J. Blige has filed a countersuit against Vision Entertainment Worldwide. As you may recall, the entertainment company sued Blige $145,000 for bailing on a concert in December 2012; however, the singer says the company failed to provide her and her entourage first-class accommodations.
NBA deputy commissioner Adam Silver announced Tuesday that Toronto will host the 2016 NBA All-Star Game. In the meantime, the Toronto Rappers are looking to boost their team with a little help from Canadian rapper Drake, who will be the “global ambassador” for the franchise. The All-Star Game will be held in New Orleans in 2014 and in New York in 2015, according to the Associated Press.
New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg has launched a citywide campaign to improve girls’ self-esteem. The $330,000 campaign, titled NYC Girls Project, aims to reach adolescent girls through positive bus and subway ads. The ads include girls of various races and sizes, each ad including the campaign’s slogan: “I’m beautiful the way I am.”