Health care website deadline...Holiday shoppers spent more but Black Friday less popular

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Associated Press

Posted on December 1, 2013 at 4:00 AM

Updated Sunday, Dec 1 at 4:00 AM

WASHINGTON (AP) — The holiday weekend is drawing to a close and with people returning to their regular routine, the Obama administration is hoping its revamped health care website passes the test as demand increases. The arrival of an end of November deadline to repair the site hasn't stopped the work of hardware upgrades and software fixes which continued overnight. Fixes so far seemed to be helping.

UNDATED (AP) — Thanksgiving Day sales have apparently bitten into Black Friday shopping. While combined sales for both days rose 2.3 percent, Single-day consumer spending on Black Friday fell just over 13 percent. The figures come from research firm ShopperTrak.

GUATEMALA CITY (AP) — Fifty Central American mothers will cross from Guatemala into Mexico today in search of missing sons and daughters. The children disappeared there on their way to the United States. The mothers from Nicaragua, Honduras, El Salvador and Guatemala are also calling attention to the plight of migrants who have disappeared in Mexico.

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The Obama administration is asking North Korea to release an elderly U.S. tourist detained for more than a month. Merrill Newman's family says the Swedish ambassador has seen the man and found him to be in good health. Sweden handles consular issues for Americans in North Korea.

NEW DELHI (AP) — India's Mars orbiter has broken free of Earth's grip with the success of a critical maneuver. The Bangalore-based Indian Space Research Organization said the spacecraft fired its main engine for more than 20 minutes, giving it the correct velocity to leave the earth's orbit. It's scheduled to journey around the sun and reach mars in September, 2014.

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