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A woman looks at the HealthCare.gov insurance exchange internet site.

It’s far from "Mission Accomplished," but in a conference call with reporters yesterday, federal officials said healthcare.gov -- the website for people to buy insurance under the Affordable Care Act -- is functional more than 90 percent of the time.

Many of those buying homes are utilizing the 30-year fixed-mortgage rate, which last week was averaging 4.29 percent. In the first half of 2013, 90 percent of new home loans were the 30-year. Why are they so popular?

Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos debuted a promotional video on "60 Minutes" where a working prototype of the drone -- a GPS-guided flying robot that looks a bit like a mini-barbecue with helicopter blades attached -- delivers a package to a customer’s front-lawn. He said the goal would be to get orders to customers in as little as 30 minutes. Is it feasible? Maybe not. And that might not be the point.

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David Brancaccio is the host of Marketplace Morning Report. Follow David on Twitter @DavidBrancaccio

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