Originally published on Mon December 23, 2013 3:03 pm
A midnight deadline to sign up for health coverage under the Affordable Care Act that starts Jan. 1 has been extended by a day in what the White House describes as an effort to accommodate people in different time zones.
The deadline that had been midnight on Dec. 23 has been pushed to Christmas Eve at midnight.
Voices of Afghanistan is an ensemble of Central Asian musicians from different generations and varied musical backgrounds. They share a passion for the music of Afghanistan, as well as a desire to introduce it to audiences in their present home in the U.S. Banning Eyre recently spent time with these musicians as they created their debut album, Love Songs for Humanity.
A new MDV Entertainment boxed set called <em>Here's Edie: The Edie Adams Television Collection</em> features the widow of Ernie Kovacs, in shows from her 1962-64 ABC variety series, which was televised just after her husband's death.
Bryan Cranston (left) stars as chemistry teacher turned meth dealer Walter White, and Aaron Paul plays former student and drug-dealing co-conspirator Jesse Pinkman in AMC's <em>Breaking Bad.</em>
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In 1976 Louise Lasser starred as a fictional housewife from Fernwood, Ohio, in <em>Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman.</em>
Here's a short list of some of the most exciting recent TV offerings on DVD. These are sets you can still order and receive in time for the holidays — and regardless, they're perfect to dive into over the vacation period, enjoying an episode or two a night.
Alex Borstein (left) and Niecy Nash star as nurses in the HBO comedy series <em>Getting On, </em>which was modeled after the hit BBC series of the same name.
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Show creators Mark V. Olsen (back left) and Will Scheffer with their cast. In adapting <em>Getting On,</em> the men drew on their experiences with their own mothers, who were in extended-care facilities before they died.
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Laurie Metcalf (left) plays the role of Dr. Jenna James, with Alex Borstein as head nurse Dawn Forchette and Niecy Nash as Didi Ortley, the new nurse on the ward.
When they set out to create the HBO series Getting On, Mark V. Olsen and Will Scheffer wanted to create a different kind of workplace comedy — one that celebrated the workplace and the employees in it.
Soldiers on camels take part in a military parade on Qatar's National Day in the capital Doha last Wednesday. The city's rapidly growing skyline is in the background. Despite its small size, Qatar has used its wealth to play an outsized role in regional affairs.
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Qatar funds the Al Jazeera satellite network. Launched in 1996, Al Jazeera has helped bring a much more lively debate to a region that was traditionally dominated by staid, government-run broadcasters.
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The former emir, Sheik Hamad bin Khalifa al-Thani, was the driving force behind Qatar's high-profile forays throughout the region. Shown here in 2012, he stepped down this past June in favor of his 33-year-old son.
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Qatar's emir, Sheik Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani, addresses the United Nations General Assembly on Sept. 24. Sheik Tamim, 33, took over from his father six months ago.
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The Lusail Multipurpose Sports Hall, which is under construction in Doha, will be used for the 2022 World Cup. Qatar has come under criticism for its treatment of foreign workers, who far outnumber the Qatari population.
Qatar is a tiny place that insists on being heard.
The Arab nation just off the coast of Saudi Arabia has made itself a major diplomatic player, a generous donor of foreign aid, and a leader in modernizing education in the region. The ultra-modern capital Doha is full of skyscrapers, museums and history, much of it dating as far back as ... the 1990s.
Qatar is also a commercial capital that aims to become a cultural, sports and tourist center for the Gulf region despite having just 260,000 citizens.