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Statue of Liberty reopens despite government shutdown

Posted: 10/13/2013 - Lady Liberty was once again welcoming visitors to her shores Sunday after the state agreed to shoulder the costs of running the famed statue during the federal government shutdown.

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'Gravity' eclipses 'Phillips' at box office

Posted: 10/13/2013 - The Warner Bros. astronaut adventure starring Sandra Bullock landed in the top spot at the box office for the second weekend in a row, according to studio estimates Sunday. "Gravity" earned $44.3 million, bringing its domestic total to $123.4 million.

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DC crowd pushes through barriers to WWII memorial

Updated: 10/13/2013 - A crowd converged on the World War II Memorial on the National Mall on Sunday, pushing past barriers to protest the memorial's closing under the government shutdown.

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Course record broken Sunday at Chicago Marathon

Updated: 10/13/2013 - Kimetto broke the course mark Sunday in capturing the Chicago Marathon, and compatriot Rita Jeptoo was the women's winner in the first major marathon in the United States since the Boston bombings.

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Indian officials say few deaths in massive cyclone

Posted: 10/13/2013 - India began sorting through miles of wreckage Sunday after powerful Cyclone Phailin roared ashore, flooding towns and villages and destroying tens of thousands of thatch homes, but officials said massive evacuation efforts had spared the east coast from widespread loss of life.

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Hope remains for global recovery beyond US impasse

Posted: 10/13/2013 - Worries about a possible U.S. debt default cast a pall over weekend meetings of global financial leaders in Washington. But they ended with some hope over signs that the U.S. and European economies are pulling out of long slumps.

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Congress lumbers while threatened default looms

Posted: 10/12/2013 - Republicans and Democrats in Congress lumbered through a day of political maneuvering Saturday while a threatened default by the Treasury crept uncomfortably closer and a partial government shutdown neared the end of its second week.

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Partial Afghan security deal reached, Kerry says

Posted: 10/12/2013 - U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry on Saturday said a partial agreement was reached with Afghanistan on a security accord, but the potentially deal-breaking issue of jurisdiction for American forces remains unresolved.

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Egypt not expected to be hit hard by US aid cuts

Posted: 10/12/2013 - The U.S. decision to suspend delivery of tanks, helicopters and fighter jets to Egypt is more of a symbolic slap than a punishing wound to the military-backed government for its slog toward a return to democratic rule.

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Wind, rain pound India as massive cyclone hits

Posted: 10/12/2013 - A massive, powerful cyclone packing heavy rains and destructive winds slammed into India's eastern coastline Saturday evening, as hundreds of thousands of residents moved inland to shelters in hopes of riding out the dangerous storm.

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Prosecutors get more time in Blagojevich appeal

Posted: 10/12/2013 - A federal appellate court has given prosecutors more time to prepare their brief in former Gov. Rod Blagojevich's appeal of his corruption convictions.

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Ariz., NY to reopen shut down national attractions

Posted: 10/12/2013 - Arizona and New York have reached deals with the Interior Department to reopen Grand Canyon National Park and Statue of Liberty National Monument using state funds until the federal government reopens.

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Another migrant ship capsizes off Italy; 27 dead

Posted: 10/12/2013 - For the second time in a week, a smugglers' boat overloaded with migrants capsized in the Canal of Sicily on Friday as it made the perilous crossing from Africa to Europe.

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No agreement on day 11 of shutdown

Posted: 10/12/2013 - With time running short, President Barack Obama and congressional Republicans accelerated efforts Friday to prevent the U.S. Treasury from default and end a partial government shutdown that stretched into an 11th day.

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Truck, train collide in WVA.; 1 dead, 23 hurt

Posted: 10/12/2013 - The driver of a loaded log truck that collided Friday with a sightseeing train carrying 63 passengers and four crewmembers on a scenic leaf-peeping circuit in West Virginia's mountains was the lone fatality in an accident that injured 23 others, authorities said.

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G-20 finance officials focus on US budget talks

Posted: 10/11/2013 - WASHINGTON (AP) - World finance officials say the United States needs to take urgent action to address the budget problems that are creating economic uncertainties for the global economy.

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Obamacare a success so far? It's hard to say

Posted: 10/11/2013 - ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) - After more than a week in action, is President Barack Obama's health care overhaul a success or a bust? It's hard to say because there's hardly any data.

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Senate GOP leader talks of bipartisan solution

Posted: 10/11/2013 - WASHINGTON (AP) - Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell says GOP lawmakers are working on trying to come up with a bipartisan solution to the budget stalemate.

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NJ judge refuses to delay start of gay marriage

Posted: 10/10/2013 - A New Jersey judge has denied a request from Gov. Chris Christie's administration to delay the start of gay marriage in the state until after a legal appeal is final.

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Police: 'Insanity' search done on Holmes' computer

Posted: 10/10/2013 - An investigator says an Internet search on the words "rational insanity" had been done on a computer belonging to Colorado theater shooting defendant James Holmes.

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Ex-cop killed after firing at US courthouse in WVa

Posted: 10/09/2013 - Police say a retired police officer armed with two weapons fired up to two dozen shots at a U.S. courthouse in West Virginia before police returned fire and killed him.

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