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Deal reached to avoid default and open government

WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate leaders announced last-minute agreement Wednesday to avert a threatened Treasury default and reopen the government after a partial, 16-day shutdown. Congress raced to pass the measure by day's end.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 16 October 2013

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Short-term debt deal won't mask big barriers ahead

WASHINGTON (AP) — Hold the champagne.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 16 October 2013

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Fitch puts US credit rating on negative watch

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Fitch credit rating agency has warned that it is reviewing the U.S. government's AAA credit rating for a possible downgrade, citing the impasse in Washington that has raised the threat of a default on the nation's debt.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 16 October 2013

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Need motivation? There's an app or gadget for that

WASHINGTON (AP) — Welcome to the measured life.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 16 October 2013

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Philippine quake damages historic churches

LOON, Philippines (AP) — The earthquake that struck the central Philippines and killed at least 144 people also dealt a serious blow to the region's historical and religious legacy by heavily damaging a dozen or more churches, some of them hundreds of years old.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 16 October 2013

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Ground employee arrested in LA airport ice blasts

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A baggage handler has been arrested following a police investigation into two dry ice explosions at Los Angeles International Airport.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 16 October 2013

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Iran says new nuke talk session in few weeks

GENEVA (AP) — Iran's foreign minister says his country plans a new meeting with six world powers in a few weeks to further discuss ways to ease fears his country may want nuclear arms.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 16 October 2013

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2 girls arrested in Florida bullying case

WINTER HAVEN, Fla. (AP) — Two girls were arrested in a Florida bullying case after one of them admitted online over the weekend that she harassed a 12-year-old girl who killed herself last month, a sheriff said Tuesday.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 15 October 2013

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