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Published: Saturday, December 28, 2013, 12:01 a.m.

Single digits

3 million looky-loos: On the day that healthcare.gov launched, about 3 million people visited the site but only six actually signed up for insurance coverage, according to statistics about Obamacare.

That's also about how many people watched Alec Baldwin's talk show on MSNBC.

Skullduggery he can believe in: Not all the news was bad for the president Friday. A federal judge ruled that the National Security Agency's bulk collection of Americans' telephone records is a really cool and powerful tool in the nation's fight against terrorism.

Encouraged by the ruling, the NSA may next ask about an even cooler and more powerful tool in the fight against terrorism -- the ability to search anyone's home at any time for any reason.

A case of the vapors: The surging popularity of electronic cigarettes has led some to predict that the market for them will eclipse that of traditional smokes within a decade.

A new industry selling a habit-forming product -- sounds like Starbucks in the early 1980s, doesn't it?

-- Mark Carlson, Herald staff


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