The Daily Item
By The Associated Press
Looking back at the stories to remember from this week:
1. HEALTH CARE WEBSITE PROBLEMS GET SCRUTINY FROM CONGRESS, WHITE HOUSE
Nearly a month into the rollout, Obama administration officials say they have identified dozens of problems that need fixing and have tapped a private company to take the lead.
2. GERMANY, FRANCE WANT US TO AGREE ON RULES TO CURB SPYING
German spy chiefs will travel to Washington to talk with officials about the espionage allegations that have angered European leaders, including whether Chancellor Angela Merkel’s own cellphone was monitored by the National Security Agency.
3. ONCE A RISING STAR IN CHINA, EX-OFFICIAL NOW HEADING TO PRISON
Former Politburo member Bo Xilai lost his appeal of a life sentence for embezzlement, bribery and abuse of power, and is expected to serve his term at a facility that houses offenders from the political elite.
4. US AND PAKISTAN VOW COOPERATION AFTER STRAINED TIES
The Pakistani PM emphasized during a meeting with Obama the need to end US drone strikes, which have raised resentment after reports that large numbers of civilians have been killed.
5. DEMOLITION OF SANDY HOOK ELEMENTARY SCHOOL BEGINS
Workers have started razing the building in Newtown, Conn., where a gunman killed 20 children and six adults last December.
6. SAN FRANCISCO BAY AREA TRANSIT WORKERS END STRIKE
The tentative contract that ended the four-day BART strike includes a pay raise but also increased worker contributions toward their health insurance and pensions.
7. PORTUGUESE AUTHORITIES REOPEN MADELEINE McCANN CASE
More than six years after the British girl’s disappearance during a family vacation, officials have resumed the investigation, citing new evidence.
8. WORLD SERIES TIED AT ONE GAME APIECE
The Red Sox and Cardinals head west to St. Louis for the next three games in the Fall Classic after a split in Boston.
9. NOEL HARRISON, WHO SANG “WINDMILLS OF YOUR MIND,” DIES AT 79
The British actor, musician and Olympic skier was the son of actor Rex Harrison. The Academy Award-winning song was the theme of the 1968 movie “The Thomas Crown Affair.”
10. ROYAL CHRISTENING DRAWS A CROWD
Britain’s 3-month-old future monarch, Prince George, was dressed in a lace and satin gown for the ceremony, which brought together four generations at St. James’ Palace, led by his great-grandmother, Queen Elizabeth II.