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2) 105, 874
4) 99, 103
Since the exchanges launch at the beginning of October, 106,185 have signed up for health care plans using the insurance exchanges set up by state and federal agencies.
1) 27, 978
Roughly 25 percent of those who signed up for health care under the exchanges did so using HealthCare.gov, the federally run and operated website.
1) 79, 932
3) 78, 895
4) 80, 037
The vast majority of people who have signed up for insurance using the exchanges did so using health care sites run by states instead of the federal government.
The current death toll makes Haiyan the second deadliest typhoon to hit the Philippines. Many more are missing, and hundreds of thousands are in need of aid.
1) Saudi Arabia
2) United States
China was criticized both at home and abroad for its initial contribution of only $100,000 to the typhoon-stricken nation, with which China has a rocky and often volatile relation. It was believed that the small donation was not befitting a nation that actively seeks to become a world power.
China later increased its amount to $1.2 million.
In the midst of clashes between Kurdish militias and Islamist militias in recent weeks, Kurdish authorities have stated that they will govern the northeast of the country under their rule until the conflict comes to an end.
4) Rhode Island
Hawaii became the 15th state to legalize same-sex marriage this week.
3) Household cat
4) Javan tiger
The "Asian Unicorn" was spotted for the first time in 15 years when cameras placed in the jungles of Vietnam managed to nab a picture of the rare animal. This helps spark hope for those wishing to conserve the species, which is considered severely endangered.
The hospital ship USNS Mercy, and her sister ship the Comfort, are the second largest vessels in the United States Navy's fleet. They are narrowly outclassed by the Nimitz class supercarriers that are considered the central piece of U.S. power projection. Though both the Mercy and Nimitz class ships will be outsized by the latest generation of supercarries, the Gerald R. Ford.
Despite NATO forces' decade-long attempt at discouraging the growth of poppies for the use of opium (Afghanistan is the world leading provider of opium), farmers this year are reporting a record crop, according to the Guardian newspaper.