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Congress tied up in partisan knots over the most basic duty

Erica Werner, Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 29th - 1:53am

Acutely partisan and all but dysfunctional, Congress has completed its most elementary task after an intense weekslong struggle, finalizing a deal to fund the government just days ahead of a shutdown deadline.

Obama saw override coming, but still it stung

Kathleen Hennessey, Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 29th - 1:50am

The White House saw it coming, but still it stung.

Did landmark laws from Congress enable high drug prices?

Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar, Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 29th - 1:43am

Lawmakers are venting outrage over high prescription drug costs, but if Congress is looking for culprits, it might want to look in the mirror.

Company fined after oil rig worker death in Midwest

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 29th - 1:31am

An oil well service company faces nearly $3,000 in fines following the death of one its employees who fell from a workover rig in Midwest.

Cellphones spill into Yellowstone's wilds despite park plan

Matthew Brown, Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 29th - 1:22am

Adventure seekers encounter untamed wilderness when they enter the backcountry of Yellowstone National Park. Howling wolves. Deadly grizzly bears. Steam-spewing geysers as seen nowhere else on earth.

Governor to approve state-run retirement for private workers

Jonathan J. Cooper, Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 29th - 1:20am

Gov. Jerry Brown is scheduled to sign legislation Thursday to automatically enroll nearly 7 million people in a retirement savings account, an attempt to address growing fears that many workers will be financially unprepared to retire.

FDA approves 'artificial pancreas' to manage diabetes

Matthew Perrone, Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 28th - 11:41pm

Federal regulators have approved a first-of-a-kind "artificial pancreas," a device that can help some diabetes patients manage their disease by constantly monitoring their blood sugar and delivering insulin as needed.

DIVIDED AMERICA: Minorities hopeful, whites sour on future

Nicholas Riccardi and Scott Bauer, Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 28th - 11:21pm

Consider two women in their 70s, both residents of the Kansas City area. One is white and affluent; the other is black and working class.

Denmark's crown prince couple kick off 2 day Boston trip

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 28th - 11:21pm

Denmark's Crown Prince Frederik and his wife Mary are kicking off a two-day trade mission to Boston.

DIVIDED AMERICA: Minorities hopeful, whites sour on future

Nicholas Riccardi and Scott Bauer, Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 28th - 11:21pm

Consider two women in their 70s, both residents of the Kansas City area. One is white and affluent; the other is black and working class.

Trump's old military prep school looks overseas for renewal

Michael Hill, Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 28th - 11:12pm

While Donald Trump talks tough about dealing with China, his old military prep school is building bridges to that country.

Energy shares lead Asian stocks higher on OPEC output deal

Kelvin Chan, Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 28th - 9:14pm

Energy companies led a rally in Asian stock markets Thursday as investors welcomed news that OPEC nations planned to cut oil production for the first time in eight years in an effort to reduce a global glut.

Congress clears stopgap spending bill, $1.1B to fight Zika

Andrew Taylor, Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 28th - 8:21pm

Congress is sending President Barack Obama a bill to keep the government operating through Dec. 9 and provide $1.1 billion in long-delayed funding to battle the Zika virus.

US soda-tax battle bubbles up in San Francisco Bay Area

Janie Har, Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 28th - 7:31pm

The national fight over sugary soda is bubbling up in the San Francisco Bay Area, where voters in November will consider a tax on the drinks that many health experts say contribute to diabetes, obesity and tooth decay.

FDA approves 'artificial pancreas' to manage diabetes

Matthew Perrone, Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 28th - 7:01pm

Federal regulators have approved a first-of-a-kind "artificial pancreas," a device that can help some diabetes patients manage their disease by constantly monitoring their blood sugar and delivering insulin as needed.

The Latest: Trump says he saved Machado's job

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 28th - 6:40pm

The Latest on the U.S. presidential election (all times EDT):

Chicago teachers set Oct. 11 strike date if deal not reached

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 28th - 6:33pm

The Chicago Teachers Union on Wednesday threatened to strike if no agreement is reached on a contract with Chicago Public Schools by Oct. 11.

After subpoena, VA turns over documents on costly hospital

Dan Elliott, Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 28th - 6:21pm

The Veterans Affairs Department turned over documents to Congress on Wednesday in response to a subpoena demanding information about how the cost of a Denver-area VA hospital soared more than $1 billion over budget.

Union launches boycott of Trump companies amid Vegas dispute

Michelle Rindels, Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 28th - 6:21pm

Union members are calling on the public to boycott Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump's businesses nationwide because he isn't negotiating a contract with the more than 500 eligible workers at his high-rise Las Vegas hotel.

Cautious approval, skepticism for Penn Station overhaul plan

Deepti Hajela, Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 28th - 6:12pm

Horrible. Dirty. A dump.