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Many older Americans who have Affordable Care Act insurance policies are going to miss a Sept. 30 deadline to enroll in Medicare, and they need more time to make the change, advocates say.

Snow Falls In The Sierra Nevada On Summer's Last Full Day

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It's still technically summer — the autumnal equinox doesn't arrive until 4:02 p.m. ET Friday.

It was a tad unusual then to see it snowing Thursday in the Sierra Nevada, the mountain range that is shared by California and Nevada. It usually doesn't snow there for about another month.

Some areas got a dusting, but others got several inches of snow and the plows were called out to clear roads.

Snow and hail contributed to a 16-vehicle crash on Interstate 80 near Cisco Grove, Calif. One man was killed and others were treated for minor injuries.

Credit card delinquency rates inching upwards

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Credit card delinquencies have inched up this year, as a rising number of Americans are falling behind on their card payments. We look at why this is significant, and what are the factors behind this increase.

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Texans start getting USDA disaster food aid

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After disasters like Harvey, the USDA offers D-SNAP, a temporary version of the program commonly called food stamps. The program offers two months of benefits to people who may not have qualified for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program before. But given the long road to recovery, many who take disaster food stamps will wind up transitioning to the permanent program when D-SNAP expires.

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Chanel launches its first big fragrance in 15 years

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Chanel launched a new fragrance this month called Gabrielle, after Gabrielle Chanel, Coco Chanel’s real name. The luxury brand dropped its last completely new perfume, Chance, 15 years ago.

(U.S. Edition) Brexit talks are not going well. Part of the problem: the amount of money Britain will need to pay as part of this divorce settlement. We'll chat with the BBC's Theo Leggett about the tight rope U.K. Prime Minister Theresa May needs to walk. Then, we'll look at some of the innovative methods that groups are using to help out in the wake of hurricanes Irma and Harvey. In Texas, the USDA is rolling out Disaster SNAP (a version of food stamps geared toward natural disasters),  while the Red Cross is using drones to try to speed up the recovery process. 

(Global Edition) From the BBC World Service ...U.K. Prime Minister Theresa May will outline her plan for Brexit during a speech in Florence, Italy. We’ll tell you how much she might be willing to pay in exchange for a deal to keep her country’s access to the single market. Afterwards, we’ll discuss an announcement from Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg that his company will share with U.S. investigators details of 3,000 Russian-linked political ads. Then, a round of positive economic data from Eurozone countries out on Friday showed the economic situation is improving in the region.

When hurricanes and tropical storms like Irma and Harvey hit, it can take a while to figure out how bad the damage is. In Texas, the Red Cross has been experimenting with a way to speed up the process, and the recovery, using drones.

In a pasture east of Houston, a Red Cross team huddles around a laptop, watching live images from a camera 400 feet above.

ICO? Bitcoin? Blockchain? A guide to digital currency

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Perhaps you've seen the term ICO, or initial coin offering, pop up recently in your business news. It's a whole new system of money being traded in the digital world, helping startups grow. They've raised nearly $2 billion, according to some estimates. But they're also under scrutiny because they're not regulated like regular money. China banned ICOs earlier this month, and U.S. regulators have been criticizing them more.

There are whole new systems of money being traded in the digital world. Companies can create their own cryptocurrency and sell it to the public in an initial coin offering. But these offerings are unregulated and risky. Marketplace Tech host Molly Wood talks to Kevin Werbach from the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School about how initial coin offerings work.

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