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Some furloughed workers recalled to duty

10/16/2013 12:43am
In the space of a week, Chris Vaccaro was furloughed from his government post, called back to work and then furloughed again in head-spinning events that left him feeling like a human yo-yo.

CEO: Toyota's slice of US market is about right

10/16/2013 1:11am
After five up and down years, Jim Lentz thinks Toyota is right where it's supposed to be.

'Deadliest Catch' fishery a no-go in shutdown

10/16/2013 3:45am
Alaska's multimillion-dollar red king crab season opened Tuesday, but most of the participating boats remained at dock because federal managers who are supposed to set individual fishing quotas are among workers still furloughed in the government's partial shutdown.

Miami airport terminal reopens after evacuation

10/16/2013 7:12am
Police say the Miami airport is up and running after a brief evacuation of one terminal.

GOP senator says deal in hand to avoid default

10/16/2013 8:42am
A Republican senator says she understands Senate leaders have reached an agreement to avoid a Treasury default and reopen the government after a 16-day partial shutdown.

Furloughed? Send creditors a note from gov't

10/16/2013 9:08am
Furloughed federal workers who have trouble paying bills can send their creditors a letter from the government pleading for patience.

Audi adds diesel to compact SUV

10/16/2013 9:50am
Audi's best-selling sport utility vehicle, the Q5, gets even better in 2014 with the addition of a six-cylinder, diesel engine that is fuel-thrifty yet muscular.

Fact sheet: 2014 Audi Q5 TDI

10/16/2013 9:50am
2014 Audi Q5 TDI quattro Tiptronic

Man recalls finding Boston Marathon bomb suspect

10/16/2013 9:56am
The man who found the Boston Marathon bombing suspect hiding in his boat in his backyard says he's no hero and wants the attention he's drawn to "fade away."

Senate leader announces bipartisan budget deal

10/16/2013 10:21am
Democratic leader Harry Reid says Senate leaders have reached a bipartisan deal to avoid default and end the government shutdown, now in its 16th day.

Cruz won't delay vote on bipartisan budget deal

10/16/2013 10:29am
Republican Sen. Ted Cruz says he won't delay a vote on a bipartisan budget deal that will reopen the government and avoid a financial default.

2 parties bicker over blame for parks shutdown

10/16/2013 10:41am
As congressional leaders raced to seal a deal that would reopen the government, lawmakers from both parties jabbed at one another Wednesday over who was to blame for the most high-profile casualties of the 16-day shutdown: the national parks.

JPMorgan pays $100M, admits fault in London trades

10/16/2013 10:55am
JPMorgan Chase & Co. has agreed to pay a $100 million penalty and admitted that its traders acted "recklessly" during a series of London trades that ultimately cost the bank $6 billion.

NH gas clerk fired for pulling gun on robber

10/16/2013 10:57am
A New Hampshire gas station clerk who thwarted an attempted robbery by pulling out a handgun was fired because company policy prohibits staff from carrying firearms.

Flesh-eating 'zombie' drug 'kills you from the inside out'

10/16/2013 10:58am
A flesh-eating drug that turns people into zombie-like creatures seems to have made its way to the United States.

Delaware man injured in fall sues Maine ski resort

10/16/2013 11:38am
A former Delaware state senator has sued a Maine ski resort nearly three years after he and his daughters were injured in a 35-foot fall from a broken chairlift.

White House: Iran's nuclear proposal 'very useful'

10/16/2013 12:09pm
The White House says an Iranian proposal addressing its nuclear program is useful and contains a, quote, "level of seriousness and substance that we have not seen before."

Lawyer: police who shot man used excessive force

10/16/2013 12:31pm
A lawyer for the family of a south Georgia man shot to death by police inside his home says officers used excessive force.

NYC mayoral ad: Crime will rise if Democrat wins

10/16/2013 12:38pm
Republican Joe Lhota on Wednesday released the New York City mayoral campaign's harshest ad to date, using footage of a recent biker gang attack to suggest that the city would return to its violent, crime-filled past if Democrat Bill de Blasio is elected.

DA: Thieves rented cars, sold them for cheap

10/16/2013 12:46pm
Thieves used counterfeit credit cards and phony driver's licenses created in a suburban man's bedroom to rent luxury vehicles at airports that were then turned around and sold at deeply discounted prices, a prosecutor said Wednesday.

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

10/16/2013 12:50pm
Hold the champagne.

Appeals court denies rehearing in journalist case

10/16/2013 12:54pm
A federal appeals court will not reconsider a decision compelling a journalist to identify a source who disclosed details of a secret CIA operation.

UT grants Jimmy Haslam top alumni award amid probe

10/16/2013 12:59pm
The University of Tennessee has granted its top alumni award to Jimmy Haslam despite the ongoing federal investigation into his family's company, Pilot Flying J, and its legal settlement with thousands of trucking company customers.

Indicted couple want assets freed to pay lawyers

10/16/2013 1:02pm
The best thing Howard Srebnick had going for him at the Supreme Court Wednesday was that he was trying to persuade nine very good lawyers in black robes about the importance of being able to hire a good lawyer.

Immigration activists focus on prison divestment

10/16/2013 1:10pm
Immigrant rights activists in Oregon are asking the city of Portland to stop buying bonds from Wells Fargo, which has a mutual fund with shares in a company that operates immigration detention centers.

La. high court strikes down immigrant driver law

10/16/2013 1:22pm
The Louisiana Supreme Court has struck down a state law that made it a crime for people who aren't U.S. citizens to drive here without carrying proof of their immigration status.

Shutdown impact: Gov't urges furlough compassion

10/16/2013 1:24pm
The government is urging creditors to "remain patient and show compassion" for hundreds of thousands federal workers who remain furloughed without a paycheck.

Plane makes Oakland emergency landing; no injuries

10/16/2013 1:29pm
Officials say an Alaska Airlines flight en route from San Jose to Honolulu was forced to make an emergency landing in Oakland shortly after takeoff after the crew reported a possible bird strike.

Mich.-bound plane returns to SC after smoke smell

10/16/2013 2:07pm
A Delta flight bound for Detroit has returned to Greenville, S.C., after a report of the smell of smoke inside the plane.

Official: Jet had 'uncontained' engine failure

10/16/2013 2:24pm
An engine on an Atlanta-bound Spirit Airlines jet where passengers said they heard an explosion and saw flames sustained an especially serious type of failure, a National Transportation Safety Board official said Wednesday.

Florida bullying case raises questions for parents

10/16/2013 2:45pm
When two girls, aged 12 and 14, were arrested in a bullying-suicide investigation in Florida, many wondered: Where were their parents and should they be held responsible?

Man sprinkles fiancee's ashes at eyewear store

10/16/2013 2:47pm
Police say no charges will be filed against a grieving man who sprinkled some of his dead fiancee's ashes near an eyewear store, causing a Florida mall to be evacuated and shut down for two hours.

Bombing suspect's sister in court in money case

10/16/2013 2:52pm
The sister of Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev appeared briefly in a Boston courtroom Wednesday on a charge related to a counterfeiting investigation.

A look at the chemistry, dangers of dry ice

10/16/2013 2:53pm
A baggage handler arrested after dry ice bombs exploded at the Los Angeles International Airport had planted the devices as a prank, authorities said Wednesday.

Crash tests use Center for Pet Safety's dummy dogs

10/16/2013 3:07pm
To make the world safer for pets, Lindsey Wolko had to design an indestructible dog.

Clarification: Civil Courage Award story

10/16/2013 3:14pm
In a story Oct. 15, The Associated Press reported that Congolese surgeon Denis Mukwege moved to Europe following an assassination attempt against him a year ago. He has since returned to his hospital in eastern Congo.

Obama health target: 500,000 signups by Oct. 31

10/16/2013 3:17pm
For the first month alone, the Obama administration projected that nearly a half million people would sign up for the new health insurance markets, according to an internal memo obtained by The Associated Press. But that was before the markets opened to a cascade of computer problems.

Student loan borrowers complain of repayment snags

10/16/2013 3:21pm
Federal officials have received more than 3,800 complaints in the last year from borrowers of private student loans, with common problems related to payment processing and requests for loan modifications.

Newtown: No events to mark shooting anniversary

10/16/2013 3:26pm
The leader of the board that governs Newtown, Conn., says it will not host any townwide events to mark the anniversary of the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School.

Enterprise enters motorcycle rental biz in Vegas

10/16/2013 4:09pm
Enterprise Rent-A-Car is taking a leap into the motorcycle business with a new, Las Vegas-based fleet of Harley-Davidsons.

NY man sentenced for political Facebook threats

10/16/2013 4:13pm
A man who admitted making death threats on Facebook against the top Democrats in Congress and other high-ranking officeholders was sentenced Wednesday to 15 months in prison at a court session that focused on his alcoholism.

Hagel apologizes for delay in Medal of Honor award

10/16/2013 4:21pm
Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel apologized Wednesday to Medal of Honor recipient William Swenson for having to wait so long for the Army to recognize his heroism.

A look at legal pot rules in Washington, Colorado

10/16/2013 4:35pm
The legal marijuana industries in Washington and Colorado will differ in some big ways.

Cambodian opposition leader urges pressure on govt

10/16/2013 4:36pm
Cambodia's opposition leader said Wednesday that international donors should not do "business as usual" with the aid-dependent government of longtime ruler Hun Sen unless he agrees to an independent probe into July's disputed election.

74-year-old NYC woman to her rapist: 'Rot in hell'

10/16/2013 4:57pm
As she faced the ex-convict who raped her in Central Park, a 74-year-old woman condemned him Wednesday with composed anger, calling him a "sexual terrorist" and an "evil infestation."

Philly schools to get $45M to ease money crisis

10/16/2013 5:03pm
Philadelphia schools learned Wednesday they will get an extra $45 million from the state as the district struggles with its worst financial crisis in memory and questions about a student's death after an apparent asthma attack at a school without a nurse on site.

Debt bill denies annual pay hike for Congress

10/16/2013 5:15pm
Congress on Wednesday moved to deny itself a pay raise.

Fool's errand or heroic stand? GOP on Cruz, Lee

10/16/2013 5:18pm
Fool's errand or heroic stand?

Arlington Cemetery will allow small mementos

10/16/2013 5:37pm
Arlington National Cemetery is relaxing its policies to allow family members of those buried in its section for those who died in Iraq and Afghanistan to leave behind small mementos and photos to honor those soldiers, a spokeswoman said Wednesday.

Special prosecutor to look a Mo. sex assault case

10/16/2013 5:56pm
A Missouri prosecutor who dropped charges in a sex assault case involving a 14-year-old girl says he's asking a court to appoint a special prosecutor to look at the case.

Senate votes to reopen gov't, avoid default

10/16/2013 6:13pm
The Senate has voted to avoid a financial default and reopen the government after a 16-day partial shutdown.

Pot tax opponents in Colorado report free weed

10/16/2013 6:33pm
An organization that gave away free marijuana cigarettes as a way to protest possible taxes in Colorado has filed an unusual campaign finance report, after a watchdog group said the pot qualified as a campaign contribution.

Vegas police officer fired in veteran slaying case

10/16/2013 6:46pm
A Las Vegas police officer has been fired for policy violations for fatally shooting an unarmed Gulf War veteran in a vehicle in a chaotic scene in December 2011 that sparked calls for reforms in departmental use-of-force policies.

Law school grad gets boot camp in Vegas bird death

10/16/2013 7:03pm
A University of California, Berkeley, law school graduate was handcuffed and taken to a Nevada prison boot camp Wednesday for beheading an exotic bird during a drunken chase at a Las Vegas Strip resort.

Senate vote on ending shutdown, raising debt limit

10/16/2013 7:06pm
The 81-18 roll call Wednesday by which the Senate passed and sent to the House legislation to avoid a threatened federal default and end the 16-day partial government shutdown.

Senate vote on ending shutdown, raising debt limit

10/16/2013 7:09pm
The 81-18 roll call Wednesday by which the Senate passed and sent to the House legislation to avoid a threatened federal default and end the 16-day partial government shutdown.

Congress sends gov't funding, debt bill to Obama

10/16/2013 8:22pm
Congress has passed legislation to reopen the partially-shuttered federal government and avert a potentially disastrous default on U.S. obligations, clearing the measure for President Barack Obama's promised signature.

Caroline Kennedy confirmed as ambassador to Japan

10/16/2013 8:43pm
The Senate has confirmed the daughter of slain President John F. Kennedy to be U.S. ambassador to Japan.

Police: Curious worker set off LAX dry ice bombs

10/16/2013 8:43pm
A baggage handler arrested after dry ice bombs exploded at Los Angeles International Airport planted the three devices out of personal curiosity, police said Wednesday.

House Roll Call: Vote to end govt shutdown

10/16/2013 8:49pm
The 285-144 roll call Wednesday night by which the House passed and sent to President Barack Obama legislation to avoid a threatened federal default and end the 16-day partial government shutdown.

Party breakdown of votes to reopen government

10/16/2013 9:05pm
A breakdown by party of votes Wednesday night in Congress on the issue of reopening the government and raising the debt limit:

Timeline: Congress' path to federal shutdown

10/16/2013 9:06pm
Highlights of Congress' battle over the partial government shutdown and expiring federal borrowing authority:

House worker yells during vote, escorted away

10/16/2013 9:26pm
A woman described by lawmakers and aides as a long-time House stenographer has been removed from the chamber during a vote after she began shouting.

No spittoon: attack on Chihuahua draws police

10/16/2013 9:48pm
The call came in and Seattle police responded. The reported crime: assault on a Chihuahua.

Obama signs bill to avert default, open government

10/16/2013 10:30pm
President Barack Obama has signed a measure into law reopening the federal government and averting a potential default.

Congress votes to end shutdown, avoid US default

10/16/2013 11:04pm
Up against a deadline, Congress passed and sent a waiting President Barack Obama legislation late Wednesday night to avoid a threatened national default and end the 16-day partial government shutdown, the culmination of an epic political drama that placed the U.S. economy at risk.

Report: NSA and CIA collaborate on drone strikes

10/16/2013 11:14pm
The National Security Agency has been extensively involved in the U.S. government's targeted killing program, collaborating closely with the CIA in the use of drone strikes against terrorists abroad, The Washington Post reported after a review of documents provided by former NSA systems analyst Edward Snowden.

White House: Furloughed workers can return to work

10/16/2013 11:19pm
The federal government is back open for business.