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Senate blocks stopgap bill to prevent shutdown this weekend

Andrew Taylor, Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 27th - 1:31pm

The Senate on Tuesday stumbled over a must-do bill to prevent the government from shutting down this weekend and to fund the fight against the Zika virus. Democrats, demanding money so Flint, Michigan, can address its lead-contaminated water crisis, overwhelmingly opposed the measure, as did a dozen of the Senate's most conservative members.

Nielsen's top programs for Sept. 19-25

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 27th - 1:21pm

Prime-time viewership numbers compiled by Nielsen for Sept. 19-25. Listings include the week's ranking and viewership.

House explosion kills fire battalion chief, a rising star

Verena Dobnik, Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 27th - 1:21pm

A battalion chief who had been considered a rising star in the Fire Department of New York was killed Tuesday when a row house exploded as he was supervising an evacuation following a report of a gas leak, and authorities are looking into whether the building was being used to grow marijuana.

US probing possible worker abuse by Wells Fargo

Marcy Gordon, Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 27th - 1:21pm

The U.S. Labor Department is investigating possible abuses of employees by Wells Fargo in connection with the bank's alleged efforts to open millions of unauthorized accounts to meet sales goals.

The Latest: Formal charges to be filed in Amber alert case

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 27th - 1:04pm

The Latest on the deaths of two children whose bodies were found in a vehicle in northern Indiana (all times local):

WHY IT MATTERS: Social Security

Stephen Ohlemacher, Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 27th - 1:00pm

THE ISSUE: More than 60 million retirees, disabled workers, spouses and children rely on monthly Social Security benefits. That's nearly one in five Americans. The trustees who oversee Social Security say the program has enough money to pay full benefits until 2034. But at that point, Social Security will collect only enough taxes to pay 79 percent of benefits. Unless Congress acts, millions of people on fixed incomes would get an automatic 21 percent cut in benefits.

Trump blames others after combative debate with Clinton

Josh Lederman and Lisa Lerer, Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 27th - 12:51pm

Donald Trump blamed the moderator, a bad microphone and anyone but himself Tuesday after he was forced onto defense by Hillary Clinton's cascade of criticism about his taxes, honesty and character in the first presidential debate.

The Latest: Bridge case witness testifies about cover-up

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 27th - 12:46pm

The Latest on the George Washington Bridge lane-closing trial (all times local):

California heat wave intensifies wildfire threatening homes

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 27th - 12:41pm

A heat wave stifling drought-stricken California worsened a wildfire Tuesday that burned some buildings and forced people from their homes in remote communities along the Santa Cruz Mountains.

91-year-old ex-AIG boss Greenberg testifies at state trial

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 27th - 12:31pm

A 91-year-old former chief executive of insurance company AIG seems eager to defend himself against civil fraud charges in New York.

Colleges lavishing more financial aid on wealthy students

Michael Melia, Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 27th - 12:22pm

Spencer Mulligan knew his family could pay for his college education, even without loans or grants. So when the University of Connecticut offered a merit award of $20,000 over four years, he saw it as a bonus.

Feds charge seller of mislabeled Chinese 'Viagra substitute'

Jeff Martin, Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 27th - 12:21pm

An Alabama man is accused of importing a Chinese drug sold as a Viagra substitute, then selling it to gas stations.

Global aviation emissions deal in Montreal

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 27th - 12:21pm

Efforts to reach the world's first climate deal governing the aviation sector got under way at a conference in Montreal.

Consumer companies lead indexes higher; energy drops

Marley Jay, Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 27th - 12:21pm

U.S. stocks are climbing Tuesday and consumer stocks are making some of the biggest gains. Solid quarterly results from cruise line operator Carnival are giving travel-related companies a boost. Technology companies are also gaining. Energy companies are slipping with oil prices. A survey showed consumer confidence is at a nine-year high.

In 'Deepwater Horizon,' an ecological disaster's human toll

Jake Coyle, Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 27th - 12:20pm

The name Deepwater Horizon is synonymous to most with environmental catastrophe and corporate negligence. For Mike Williams, who survived the April 2010 oil-rig explosion by plunging into the Gulf of Mexico from several stories up, it was about something else.

US appeals court hears arguments in Clean Power Plan case

Michael Biesecker, Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 27th - 12:10pm

Lawyers for a coalition of states and businesses reliant on fossil fuels made their case Tuesday to a federal appeals court that President Barack Obama's plan to curtail climate-warming greenhouse gases is an unlawful power grab.

No diesels need apply: Electric cars rule at Paris show

David McHugh, Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 27th - 11:51am

Carmakers are finding the Paris auto show , held in a city whose mayor wants to ban diesels to reduce pollution, to be a fine place to show off new zero-emission electric vehicles.

US home prices climbed again in July

Paul Wiseman, Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 27th - 11:30am

U.S. home prices rose again in July, pulled up by strong gains in Portland, Seattle and Denver.

The Latest: 9 firefighters, 6 officers hurt in NYC explosion

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 27th - 11:30am

The Latest on a house explosion that killed a New York City firefighter (all times local):