Good morning, here are the latest headlines from the WNYC newsroom.
Weather: Rainy today with a high of 58. Tonight gets chilly with a low of 38.
Americans have been spending more in recent weeks. The government says they boosted their spending in November by the most in five months, as incomes edged up modestly. The gain of 0.5 percent in October was driven by a jump in spending on long-lasting durable goods, including cars.
Today is the last day New Yorkers can purchase a plan through New York's new online insurance marketplace if they want coverage to be in effect on New Year's Day. At least 100,000 New Yorkers had their old plans canceled because of new regulations ushered in by the Affordable Care Act. As of Dec. 15, about 135,000 people had used the state website to sign up for a new plan or enroll in Medicaid.
A federal judge in Utah today will hear a request from the state to block same-sex weddings. Gay weddings have been taking place since Friday, when the state's ban was overturned by a federal judge who ruled Utah's law violates gay and lesbian couples' rights under the 14th Amendment.
Airline flights are mostly running on schedule this morning after winter weather caused hundreds of cancellations and thousands of delays Sunday. But icy weather is expected to make roads hazardous through at least today in locations from the upper Midwest to northern New England.