NEW YORK (CNN) -- CNN Money's Maribel Aber has your top business and financial news on this Friday, September 27.
Affordable care act delay for small business exchanges
The Obama administration acknowledged for the first time Thursday that a technological problem is forcing it to delay part of the rollout of the new health-care law, saying insurance exchanges won't be ready to accept online applications from small businesses when the program launches Tuesday. With less than five days left to debug the sprawling new computer system, there are other signs of trouble: People close to the situation are also skeptical the online marketplaces for individual customers will be fully ready. The administration said it was confident they would open on time.
Federal furlough notices in next 24-36 hours
Barring a sudden turn in stalemated budget talks, federal workers will begin to get verbal furlough notices in the next 24 to 36 hours, according to a top union official briefed by the White House budget office on Thursday. The Obama administration is taking steps to prepare for a government shutdown next week. Congress must pass a short-term funding bill by Tuesday for the government to remain open.
Debt ceiling cash crunch: Millions won't get paid
Practical nightmares. Legal disputes. Ethical dilemmas every which way till Sunday. That's what the Treasury Department will face -- possibly as early as mid-October -- if Congress fails to raise the debt ceiling in the next couple of weeks. Barring an increase in the nation's borrowing limit, Treasury won't have enough cash on hand plus revenue to pay all the country's bills in full and on time.
McDonald's to phase in paper cups for hot drinks
McDonald's Corp. aims to eliminate the use of millions of polystyrene hot beverage cups in the U.S. following a successful large-scale test of paper cups. With more than 14,000 restaurants around the country, the decision is huge. The nation's largest restaurant chain has been testing double-walled paper cups for hot beverages at a couple of thousand restaurants since early 2012, according to As You Sow, a non-profit group that revealed McDonald's decision yesterday.