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Aerial view shows devastation of Austin area flooding

Aerial view shows devastation of Austin area floodingResidents in parts of Texas were faced with torrential rain and flooding over Halloween, causing evacuations in some areas. Heavy rain of up to 15 inches in parts caused rivers to swell and burst banks, with reports that up to 100 people were rescued. The Austin Police Department flew over some of the affected areas for this video. Credit: Austin Police Department


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Calif. woman who killed pimp now free on parole

Sara Kruzan is seen in an handout photo from the California Department of CorrectionsBy Alex Dobuzinskis LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - A California woman who served nearly two decades in prison for killing her pimp at age 16 was released on parole on Thursday, after becoming the face of a campaign to reform the treatment of young offenders. Sara Kruzan, 35, left the Central California Women's Facility in Chowchilla before dawn, state Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation spokesman Luis Patino said in a statement. Kruzan was taken to Orange County in Southern California, where she will live, and processed at a parole office, Patino said. Earlier this week, when California Governor Jerry Brown, a Democrat, upheld her parole, the decision was hailed as a watershed moment by lawmakers and activists who had fought on her behalf for more than five years.


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Google, Oracle, Red Hat to help fix HealthCare.gov

Janet Perez oversees specialists help callers with health insurance, at a customer care center in Providence, Rhode IslandBy Susan Cornwell and David Morgan WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Obama administration said it has brought in experts from top technology companies including Google Inc and Oracle Corp to fix the HealthCare.gov website, as Republicans press for details about the botched October 1 launch that prevented millions of Americans from signing up for new insurance plans. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services said it had added dozens of technology experts and engineers to its round-the-clock effort to fix the technical glitches on the site that is key to the implementation of President Barack Obama's healthcare restructuring law. Giving some of the first details of who might be leading the tech fix, HHS officials identified two experts by name: Michael Dickerson, a website reliability engineer on leave from Google, and Greg Gershman, a Baltimore-based innovation director with the firm Mobomo and who previously worked for the White House and the General Services Administration. "We are doing everything we can to assist those contractors to make HealthCare.gov a highly performant, highly reliable, highly secure system." Oracle CEO Larry Ellison told shareholders at the company's annual meeting on Thursday in Redwood City, California.


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