Q: Is it true that there are bills in Congress that would exempt members and their staffs and families from buying into “Obamacare”?
A: No. Congress members and staffers will be required to buy insurance through the exchanges on Jan. 1. But reportedly there is concern about whether federal contributions to premiums can continue without a change.
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The 100-watt incandescent light bulb will be banned in the U.S. starting Jan. 1, 2012, under energy legislation signed by President Bush. The law bans 75-, 60- and 40-watt bulbs by 2014. Source: Wall Street Journal
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration forecasters say there is a 70 percent chance of having nine to 14 named storms in the 2009 Atlantic hurricane season, which is June through November. Of those, four to seven could become hurricanes and one to three could become major hurricanes. Source: NOAA
Koalas are only found on mainland Australia. Source: Phillip Island Nature Park, Australia
The Montreal Canadiens have won the most Stanley Cup championships in the National Hockey League with 23 wins. Source: National Hockey League
The National Hockey League’s Stanley Cup championship trophy is named for Frederick Arthur Stanley, who was the sixth governor-general of Canada, appointed by England’s Queen Victoria in 1888. Source: National Hockey League
Koalas spend about 20 hours each day sleeping or resting. Source: Phillip Island Nature Park, Australia
Little penguins, the world’s smallest penguins, travel between 9 miles and 31 miles at sea each day and are capable of diving to a depth of 230 feet. Source: Phillip Island Nature Park, Australia
The oldest goalie to play in a National Hockey League playoff game was Johnny Bower, who, in the April 6, 1969, game, was 44 years, four months and 38 days old. Source: National Hockey League
The Brooklyn Bridge opened for business 126 years ago this month. Source: PBS.org
Many cities and towns claim to be the birthplace of Memorial Day in the U.S., but Waterloo, N.Y., was declared the official birthplace by President Lyndon Johnson and Congress in 1966. A ceremony to honor local veterans of the Civil War was held there on May 5, 1866. Source: Department …