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Who knew? Shutdown casualties shatter stereotypes

10/03/2013 1:10am
Taking out a mortgage. Getting married in a park. Going for a fall foliage drive. Cashing a check.

NYC victim: Bike path attacker never said a word

10/03/2013 4:15am
One of the five people slashed by a homeless man on a New York City park bike path says the attacker never said a word.

Atlanta zoo reveals possible names for panda cubs

10/03/2013 7:03am
Atlanta's zoo has revealed five sets of possible names for the twin giant panda cubs born there in July.

Obama pins government shutdown on Boehner

10/03/2013 9:05am
President Barack Obama says House Speaker John Boehner is the only thing standing in the way of reopening the federal government.

Forging on: My vacation in a closed national park

10/03/2013 9:30am
Everybody gathers around Joe, the guy who seems to have all the answers. Only he doesn't.

Mexicans seek asylum as drug violence persists

10/03/2013 9:50am
Elizabeth Silva was walking her younger sister to school when two hooded men burst into her house and pumped three bullets into her father. When her 14-year-old brother rushed out of his bedroom to see what was happening, he was also shot dead.

Poll: Democrat de Blasio leads NYC mayoral race

10/03/2013 9:52am
Democrat Bill de Blasio has widened his lead to a commanding 50 points over Republican Joe Lhota in the race for New York City mayor, according to a poll released Thursday.

Conn. businessman fails to end helicopter ban

10/03/2013 9:53am
A Connecticut businessman who wants to sell helicopter rides to commuters frustrated with railroad delays has failed to get the idea off the ground.

Going into homes to make a product people like

10/03/2013 10:00am
Procter & Gamble executives say it was striking the first time they witnessed a man shave while sitting barefoot on the floor in a tiny hut in India.

SC gov drops extradition for Cherokee girl's dad

10/03/2013 10:09am
South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley dropped her request Wednesday to extradite the biological father of a Cherokee girl who was at the center of a bitter custody dispute, but he could still face a charge of custodial interference if he goes to South Carolina.

Uncle charged in Bullitt girl's 1999 disappearance

10/03/2013 10:57am
A Kentucky man has been charged with kidnapping and killing his niece who vanished from her driveway, the latest twist in a mystery that has lingered 14 years.

Police: NY bus aide broke student's arm

10/03/2013 11:16am
Police say a suburban New York bus aide fractured a developmentally disabled 5-year-old boy's arm.

With turkeys gone wild, Maine expands hunting

10/03/2013 11:24am
Once nearly wiped out of existence, turkeys are running wild.

FEMA workers recalled from furlough for storm prep

10/03/2013 11:37am
The White House says the Federal Emergency Management Agency is recalling some furloughed workers to help prepare for Tropical Storm Karen.

Rep. Duffy of Wisconsin assaulted outside Capitol

10/03/2013 12:05pm
A stranger screamed at and grabbed U.S. Rep. Sean Duffy, who has been a vocal advocate for delaying the rollout of the federal health care law, as he walked to the Capitol to vote on legislation, his office said Thursday. He wasn't harmed.

Bill on special visas for Iraqis heads to Obama

10/03/2013 12:09pm
A measure to provide special visas for Iraqis who risked their lives to help the United States is heading to President Barack Obama.

Portugal passes bailout test, gets more funding

10/03/2013 12:19pm
Portugal has passed the latest test of its compliance with the terms of its bailout and qualified for around 5.5 billion euros ($7.5 billion) in further funding from creditors, officials said Thursday.

Obama, Dems mock GOP lawmaker's budget remark

10/03/2013 12:31pm
Indiana GOP Rep. Marlin Stutzman said he wanted respect in the budget standoff. Instead, he got ridicule from President Barack Obama and Senate Democrats.

Shots heard at Capitol, building under lockdown

10/03/2013 12:34pm
Police say the U.S. Capitol has been put on a security lockdown amid reports of possible shots fired outside the building.

Minn. airport worker pleads guilty to gun thefts

10/03/2013 1:17pm
A former worker at the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport was sentenced Thursday to two years and two months in prison after he pleaded guilty to stealing shotguns, revolvers and other weapons from the checked luggage of passengers who had connecting flights through the busy Twin Cities airport.

Capitol Hill incident began at White House

10/03/2013 1:19pm
A law enforcement official says a shooting at the United States Capitol is related to a vehicle that tried to ram a security barricade at the White House.

Guilty plea in deadly Seattle accident

10/03/2013 1:42pm
A repeat drunk driver who plowed his pickup into a Seattle family earlier this year, killing two grandparents and badly hurting a mother and her newborn son, pleaded guilty Thursday to charges of vehicular homicide and vehicular assault.

NY court: Penile stimulation test 'invasive'

10/03/2013 1:47pm
Subjecting a sex offender who is no longer imprisoned to "extraordinarily invasive" penile stimulation testing risks violating the premise that even convicts retain their humanity, a federal appeals court said Thursday.

Quarter at a time, $26,000 stolen from Ore. prison

10/03/2013 1:52pm
Over the course of nine years, somebody has stolen about $26,000 from the Oregon prison system _ a quarter at a time. That's about 104,000 quarters.

Records: Paul aide gave Iowa senator $25K check

10/03/2013 2:05pm
Iowa state Sen. Kent Sorenson received a $25,000 check from a high-ranking official in Ron Paul's presidential campaign days before ditching Michele Bachmann to back Paul, and eventually got $73,000 in suspicious payments that may be linked to Paul's campaign, an investigator has found.

Most victims of fiery bus crash identified

10/03/2013 2:26pm
The Tennessee Highway Patrol has identified seven of the eight people killed in a fiery bus crash on Interstate 40 on Wednesday.

Non-essential staff return to US Embassy in Beirut

10/03/2013 2:48pm
The State Department says all non-emergency workers who were ordered out of the U.S. Embassy in Beirut last month are being allowed to return to their jobs.

AP NewsBreak: Prison company leaving Idaho

10/03/2013 3:29pm
Private prison giant Corrections Corp. of America will leave Idaho after more than a decade marked by scandal and lawsuits surrounding its operation of the state's largest prison.

Green Bay bridge pier sank after pilings buckled

10/03/2013 3:32pm
The sag in the Green Bay bridge used by thousands of cars a day is likely due to corrosion in pilings that buckled underneath a support pier, Wisconsin Department of Transportation officials said Thursday.

13 members of Anonymous indicted

10/03/2013 3:33pm
A federal grand jury on Thursday indicted 13 members of the Internet hacking group Anonymous for allegedly carrying out cyber-attacks worldwide, including targets that refused to process payments for WikiLeaks, the anti-secrecy website founded by Julian Assange.

Small plane lands safely on San Jose expressway

10/03/2013 3:36pm
A small plane made an emergency landing Thursday on a busy street in the heart of Silicon Valley, surprising morning commuters but touching down and stopping without injuring anyone.

Tunisian man extradited to US in suicide bomb plot

10/03/2013 3:40pm
A member of al-Qaida who allegedly met with Osama bin Laden in 2001 has been extradited to the United States to face charges that he conspired to carry out a suicide bomb attack against Americans in Europe.

Group forms to fight corruption on reservations

10/03/2013 3:41pm
Tribal members from several Montana Indian reservations say they're creating a group to fight corruption.

NH appeals order to set aside $195M of Exxon award

10/03/2013 3:58pm
New Hampshire is appealing a trial court order that would place most of the state's record $236 million verdict against Exxon Mobil in a groundwater contamination case into a trust fund.

Shutdown forces West Point to combine classes

10/03/2013 4:06pm
Some classes at West Point are being combined or canceled and military faculty members are being forced to fill in for civilian instructors furloughed because of the government shutdown, academy officials said Thursday.

Report details woes at Hanford nuclear site plant

10/03/2013 4:10pm
Design changes at a new radioactive waste disposal plant at the country's most contaminated nuclear site in south-central Washington were not properly verified to ensure safety, the U.S. Department of Energy's Inspector General concluded in a report issued Thursday.

TV pitchman may avoid jail due to gov't shutdown

10/03/2013 4:19pm
A television pitchman accused of misleading viewers about his weight-loss books during his late-night infomercials could avoid jail _ for now _ because of the partial federal government shutdown.

Supreme Court to hold arguments despite shutdown

10/03/2013 4:29pm
The Supreme Court says its business will go on despite the ongoing government shutdown.

Montana Democrats get US Senate candidate

10/03/2013 4:56pm
Montana Lt. Gov. John Walsh said Thursday that his limited political experience will aid his run for the U.S. Senate, announcing a bid that gives Democrats hope for retaining a seat they have held for decades.

Hazmat crews called after suicide-by-ricin attempt

10/03/2013 4:58pm
More than a dozen members of the Utah National Guard were called to help with decontamination in North Logan after authorities say a 37-year-old woman tried to commit suicide there with highly toxic ricin.

Ex-Boston FBI chief pleads guilty in ethics case

10/03/2013 5:07pm
A retired FBI official who once supervised all of the agency's U.S. criminal probes and ran its Boston office pleaded guilty to an ethics charge Thursday following an agreement that recommends a $15,000 fine but no prison time.

'Silk Road' online drug market shut down by FBI

10/03/2013 5:09pm
The FBI shut down one of the largest online drug markets Monday after a two-year investigation.

Ark. bridge, scraped by watercraft, closes briefly

10/03/2013 5:23pm
A bridge in central Arkansas closed briefly Thursday, roiling afternoon traffic, after a towboat operator reported scraping a protective pier.

Kennedy says too many disputes left for court

10/03/2013 5:37pm
Justice Anthony Kennedy criticized the ideological gridlock that leaves so many divisive issues to the Supreme Court, saying a "functioning democracy" would resolve them in the political arena.

3 lifers win ruling in juvenile sentencing case

10/03/2013 5:55pm
Three men who have been serving life sentences since they were juveniles won a fresh chance to convince judges they deserve to be resentenced under a decision Thursday by the federal appeals court based in Philadelphia.

California gives immigrants driver's licenses

10/03/2013 7:09pm
California on Thursday joined the growing list of states that allow immigrants who are in the U.S. illegally to obtain driver's licenses _ a measure supported not only by Latino activists but by police chiefs and insurance authorities.

Budget, debt unresolved on shutdown's 3rd day

10/03/2013 8:35pm
Three days into a government shutdown, President Barack Obama pointedly blamed House Speaker John Boehner on Thursday for keeping federal agencies closed, while the bitter budget dispute moved closer to a more critical showdown over the nation's line of credit. The president canceled a trip to Asia to remain in the capital as the Treasury warned of calamitous results if Congress fails to raise the debt limit.

APNewsBreak: Border prosecutions to be restored

10/03/2013 10:15pm
The top federal prosecutor in San Diego says prosecutions of immigrant and drug smuggling offenses will be fully restored Friday, three days after they were curtailed in response to the federal government shutdown.

2 of 4 found dead in car faced child porn charges

10/03/2013 10:39pm
Two of four people who were found dead in a vehicle on a secluded road in northern Alabama were facing child pornography and molestation charges in Tennessee, Alabama authorities said Thursday.

Shutdown ruins vacations, hurts local economies

10/03/2013 10:51pm
Stop at a cafe in the remote stretches of northern Arizona and southern Utah in the fall, and you're likely to hear a mix of languages as tourists from around the world step into the iconic western landscape, marked by breathtaking canyons and massive rock formations.

A few sightseeing options at closed national parks

10/03/2013 11:01pm
The government shutdown has forced the nation's national parks to close. Below is a snapshot of access at some of the most popular parks under the shutdown, as well as alternatives for those who are determined to try to salvage their vacations:

Chicago burger garnished with communion wafer

10/03/2013 11:20pm
A Chicago restaurant has cooked up a controversial burger of the month for October, garnishing it with an unconsecrated communion wafer and a red wine reduction sauce.

Police shoot, kill driver after Capitol Hill chase

10/03/2013 11:28pm
A woman with a 1-year-old girl led Secret Service and police on a harrowing car chase from the White House past the Capitol Thursday, attempting to penetrate the security barriers at both national landmarks before she was shot to death, police said. The child was unhurt.

Police shoot, kill driver after Capitol Hill chase

10/03/2013 11:28pm
A woman with a 1-year-old girl led Secret Service and police on a harrowing car chase from the White House past the Capitol Thursday, attempting to penetrate the security barriers at both national landmarks before she was shot to death, police said. The child was unhurt.