5 Things to Know Today: HealthCare.Gov Deadline, Festivus Holiday and Christmas Forecast

Here are some interesting and important things to know for the coming week.

Credit: AP
Credit: AP

From today's healthcare coverage deadline to how to celebrate Festivus, here are five things you need to know for the coming week:

1. The wild weather won’t stop. Another storm is ready to dump more snow from the Pacific Northwest into the Midwest. Over the weekend, record-breaking high temperatures were logged in New York City, tornadoes and deadly flooding were found across the Southeast, and there was lots of ice and snow in Nebraska and Kansas. Get your Christmas forecast here.

2. You only have a few hours left to sign up for coverage through the government's HealthCare.gov website. Pick a plan today to have health insurance as soon as Jan. 1, 2014. Find local help navigating the site here.   

3. Target announced that it would offer customers a 10 percent discount in its stores nationwide this weekend to apologize for a massive security breach. Hackers stole information on 40 million credit cards used by customers who shopped in Target stores from Nov. 27 to Dec. 15.  

4. Today is Festivus, an obscure holiday made famous in "The Strike" episode of Seinfeld. According to the show, a proper Festivus celebration has four components: The Festivus Pole (the anti-commercial answer to a Christmas tree), The Airing of the Grievances, Festivus Dinner, and The Feats of Strength. Click here for more Festivus party ideas. 

5. Last week, the government said that antibacterial soaps containing triclosan have not been proven to work any better than plain soap at preventing illness. The popular soaps may even carry some health risks, the Food and Drug Administration said. Follow the CDC’s handwashing guidelines to stay well this holiday season.


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