WASHINGTON (AP) - 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.
MIAMI BEACH, Fla. (AP) - Ten people were found clinging to the hull of a small boat that capsized early Wednesday off South Florida, trapping the bodies of four dead women and one survivor in a tiny pocket of air beneath it.
NASHUA, N.H. (AP) - 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.
RENO (AP) - A customer was killed Wednesday when a robber opened fire inside a Bank of America branch, leaving employees and other patrons traumatized, police said.
NEW YORK (AP) - 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."
LOS ANGELES (AP) - 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.
Highlights of the bill approved Wednesday by Congress to end the partial government shutdown and extend the debt limit:
\HAUPPAUGE, N.Y. (AP) - 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.
TWO COUNTY EMPLOYEES REPRIMANDED OVER 'GHOST CAMERA': BUTTE, Mont. (AP) - Two county employees in Montana have been reprimanded after a motion-activated camera was installed in a little-used room in the health department in the hopes of capturing paranormal activity.
CENTENNIAL, Colo. (AP) - A police officer responding to the deadly Colorado theater shooting testified Tuesday that he asked James Holmes twice whether he had an accomplice, but Holmes only looked at him and smiled.
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - The city of Council Bluffs will pay $6 million to settle a lawsuit with two Omaha, Neb., men who sued after the courts concluded they were wrongfully convicted and imprisoned for 25 years for the shooting death of a retired police captain.
WINTER HAVEN, Fla. (AP) - After 12-year-old Rebecca Sedwick committed suicide last month, one of her tormenters continued to make comments about her online, even bragging about the bullying, a sheriff said Tuesday.
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) - When the old Sandy Hook Elementary School is demolished, building materials will be pulverized on site and metal will be taken away and melted down in an effort to eliminate nearly every trace of the building where a gunman killed 26 people last December.
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - Your eyes instinctively seek the holes in the vintage 1960s black wool men's business suit. The white cotton dress shirt with now-faded blood stains more vividly illustrates the horror of a half century ago.
NEW YOPRK (AP) - It's not your imagination. There really is a tighter squeeze on many planes these days.
LAS VEGAS (AP) - Two major Las Vegas resorts will be completely overhauled and rebranded in another sign that the entertainment capital is emerging from its recession doldrums.
NEW YORK (AP) - Target is "respectfully" asking its customers to not bring firearms into its stores, even where it is allowed by law.
LAGRANGE, Ohio (AP) - The death of a healthy high school student initially baffled the local coroner until testing of a white powdery substance found in his home came back as caffeine.
DETROIT (AP) - A man who was punched in the head over the weekend while refereeing an adult-league soccer match in suburban Detroit died Tuesday, authorities and a longtime friend of the referee said.
LAKE HAVASU CITY, Arizona (AP) - The London Bridge is not falling down, despite a British tabloid saying that the western Arizona tourist attraction could be bulldozed to make way for drug tourism.
CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (AP) - Searchers recovered the body of a teenager who was swept into a storm drain in Cedar Rapids by fast-moving flood waters, a tragic end to an intense daylong search, authorities said Tuesday.
GETTYSBURG, Pa. (AP) - A Maryland woman poisoned her young sons with eye drops and faces charges of aggravated assault and endangering the welfare of children, Pennsylvania police said.
CHAMBLEE, Ga. (AP) - Three men who scaled a median and tried to cross about a dozen lanes of a metro Atlanta freeway were struck and killed by a pickup early Tuesday, snarling traffic into rush hour and puzzling police, who said they were unsure why the group made the risky move.
• POLICE CHARGE PA. MAN FOUND DRIBBLING ALONG I-78: BETHLEHEM, Pa. (AP) - A 22-year-old Pennsylvania man faces charges after police encountered him dribbling a basketball along Interstate 78 near Bethlehem.
WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama defiantly dared congressional Republicans on Tuesday to try to block his efforts to act on his own and bypass a divided Congress that has thwarted his policy initiatives.
NEW YORK (AP) - A former New York Police Department officer left jail on Tuesday after a judge stunned prosecutors and overturned his conviction in a sensational case accusing him of plotting on the Internet to kidnap, kill and eat young women, including his wife.
GILBERT, Ariz. (AP) - The U.S. Supreme Court announced Tuesday that it will decide whether an Arizona town violates the First Amendment by restricting where and when a church can place signs advertising Sunday morning services.
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - The state's highest court ruled Tuesday that a local cyberbullying law is overbroad and violates Constitutional free speech protections, noting that "the First Amendment protects annoying and embarrassing speech."
PHILADELPHIA (AP) - A food truck exploded in north Philadelphia Tuesday, injuring 12 people including three who suffered serious burns, police said.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - A California truck driver pulled into the Blue Beacon Truck Wash in central Pennsylvania and spotted an advertisement for low-cost health exams for truckers. Needing one for his commercial driver's license, he called the number on the sign and was picked up by a woman in an old Ford Tempo.