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Better late than never
March 26, 2014
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March 31 is still the deadline for people to sign up for health insurance under the Affordable Care Act, but President Obama is reportedly opening a small window for procrastinators (mainly) who need a little extra time. The Department of Health and Human Services says the new extension is only for people stymied by the federal health insurance marketplace, HealthCare.gov, amid a surge in pre-deadline action — applicants who have started signing up will be allowed to finish the process without tax penalties, if they request an extension by sometime in mid-April.

The Washington Post's Amy Goldstein notes this little caveat, though:

Under the new rules, people will be able to qualify for an extension by checking a blue box on HealthCare.gov to indicate that they tried to enroll before the deadline. This method will rely on an honor system; the government will not try to determine whether the person is telling the truth. [Washington Post]

This rather large loophole is only for the federally run insurance exchange site, but some of the states running their own exchanges are either contemplating or have instituted similar windows for applicants experiencing technical difficulties. Peter Weber

bangkok bombing
1:40 a.m. ET

On Monday, Thai police said they found bomb-making materials at an apartment in the Min Buri district of Bangkok, the second such discovery since Saturday, when they arrested an unidentified foreigner and seized detonators, ball bearings, a metal pipe, and other equipment they said was intended to build a bomb at an apartment in a nearby neighborhood.

The second raid uncovered fertilizer, digital clocks, remote control cars, and gunpowder. "These are bomb-making materials," said national police spokesman Prawuth Thavornsiri. "Nobody would keep urea fertilizer and gunpowder unless they wanted to make a bomb."

Police say they believe the foreigner arrested Saturday was part of a network that set off the deadly Aug. 17 bomb blast at Bangkok's Erawan Shrine. Reports online have suggested that the suspect entered Thailand on a Turkish passport, but Prawuth said they are working with "a number of embassies" to figure out the man's nationality. And the interrogation isn't proceeding very fast. "He is not cooperating much," Prawuth said. "From our preliminary investigation, we think he isn't telling us the truth." Peter Weber

history destroyed
1:36 a.m. ET

On Sunday, Islamic State militants used more than 30 tons of explosives to blow up part of the Temple of Bel in the ancient Syrian city of Palmyra, sources said.

The largest structure in the city, the Temple of Bel was constructed in 32 AD and was well preserved. Activists in the area and the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights say the temple was damaged, just a week after ISIS blew up the Baal Shamin temple. ISIS captured Palmyra from Syrian government forces in May, and UNESCO chief Irina Bokova said the militants in both Syria and Iraq are behind "the most brutal, systematic" destruction of ancient artifacts since World War II, Al Jazeera reports. Catherine Garcia

He has the kardashian vote
12:43 a.m. ET

Start making your "Yeezus 2020" shirts now: Kanye West is running for president.

During Sunday's MTV Video Music Awards, West made the announcement after accepting the Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award from possible future running mate Taylor Swift. West spoke about how he is different now that he's a father and shared his love for other artists. "I will die for the art, for what I believe in," he said. "The art ain't always gonna be polite." Then, boom! West dropped this bombshell: "It's about ideas, bro, new ideas, bro. People with ideas. People who believe in truth. And yes, as you probably could have guessed by this moment, I have decided in 2020 to run for president."

The crowd went wild, but imagining First Lady Kim Kardashian might all be for naught, as West admitted right before his proclamation that he did "smoke something before he came here." This could go two ways: Either it was a joke made under the influence, or legalization will be his major campaign issue in 2020. Catherine Garcia

Johnsplaining
12:21 a.m. ET

Last Week Tonight is off for two more weeks, and to fill the Sunday late-night TV chasm, John Oliver wants to regale you with his favorite lies. Like the one about Paul Revere's severe horse allergy, or the dark origins of Irish step dancing. There's one sort of off-color joke, but it's pretty clean (and short) for Last Week Tonight. Most importantly, Oliver had a message for fans trying to figure out what to do until Sept. 13: "Trust nobody — especially me." Enjoy Oliver's lies — especially the last one — in the video below. Peter Weber

on the run
August 30, 2015

Authorities in Brazil are searching for a mayor accused of stealing funds from schools and running her town via a mobile messenger app.

Prosecutors say that instead of living in Bom Jardim, Lidiane Leite, 25, resided 170 miles away in Sao Luis, the capital of Maranhao state. They say Leite — who was elected after her then-boyfriend, Beto Rocha, was barred from running for mayor in 2012 for alleged corruption — would use WhatsApp to check in with her cabinet, running the town's affairs remotely.

Leite took off when she was mentioned as part of Operation Eden, which discovered that $4 million earmarked for Bom Jardim's school was gone, the BBC reports. Bom Jardim is in one of the country's poorest states, and teachers in the town now aren't being paid. An arrest warrant was issued Thursday, and the town's new mayor was sworn in Saturday, promising to support a full investigation into the missing money. Leite's attorney, Carlos Barros, denies that his client did anything wrong. "She was too young and inexperienced when she took office," he said. "She lacked confidence and delegated many tasks to Mr. Rocha." Catherine Garcia

VMAs
August 30, 2015

The red carpet for Sunday's MTV Video Music Awards had it all: Miley Cyrus in an ensemble featuring silver suspenders and not much else, Kanye West in your dad's old sweater, Taylor Swift and the collection of women she takes with her everywhere to remind you: She has friends. Take a look at some of the night's getups below. Catherine Garcia

RIP
August 30, 2015
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Writer-director Wes Craven, best known for the blockbuster Nightmare on Elm Street and Scream movies, died Sunday in Los Angeles from brain cancer. He was 76.

His family confirmed Craven's death Sunday evening. Craven started working in academia, then left to pursue a career in Hollywood. His first feature film, Last House on the Left, came out in 1972. Craven came up with the idea for the Nightmare on Elm Street movies, which were released from 1984 to 1989, when he was growing up in the suburbs of Cleveland, The Hollywood Reporter says, and lived next to a cemetery. Catherine Garcia

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