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US government shutdown: House backs funding bill and sends it to Senate. US government shutdown: House backs funding bill and sends it to Senate.
The House of Representatives has passed a bill to fund government operations until 16 February - the first move in efforts to avert a government shutdown. The bill must now be voted on by the Senate, where it faces an uncertain future. The Republicans do not have enough votes. Backing from at least some Democrats is needed to pass the bill ahead of the Friday midnight deadline. The last U...
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GOP leaders push another short-term spending bill as shutdown looms. GOP leaders push another short-term spending bill as shutdown looms.
WASHINGTON — Republican leaders in Congress have abandoned efforts to reach a broad budget agreement before federal funding runs out on Friday, and they’re now simply hoping to pass a short-term spending bill to avert a government shutdown. House GOP leaders are crafting legislation that would keep the government funded through Feb. 16. It would also reauthorize a children’s health insurance pr...
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One dead, 50 rescued from Gulf Coast casino boat fire. One dead, 50 rescued from Gulf Coast casino boat fire.
One woman died and 50 were rescued near Port Richey, Fla. — including more than a dozen from the water — after a casino boat caught fire in the Gulf of Mexico, authorities said Sunday. Pasco County Fire Rescue and the U.S. Coast Guard rescued as many as 15 people from the water, WTSP-TV reported. About 50 were on board the San Cruz casino boat when it caught fire. Crews, including local poli...
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Mourners gather to remember mudslide victims. Mourners gather to remember mudslide victims.
SANTA BARBARA, Calif. — Thousands of mourners gathered Sunday night to remember the 20 victims killed in last week’s devastating mudslides in Montecito, and to give thanks to rescue workers still painstakingly picking through the debris fields. Four people are still missing, and authorities now say at least 73 homes have been destroyed, with hundreds more buildings damaged. The slides, caused ...
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Flu has killed 20 children already this season. Flu has killed 20 children already this season.
The United States is at the peak of one of the more active flu seasons in recent years, U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention officials announced Friday. Dan Jernigan, the director of the Influenza Division of the National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases, said the season is "very active," and there are early indicators it may be severe. In the 13 years his office has ...
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VA publicly releases opiate prescribing rates for all its hospitals for the first time. VA publicly releases opiate prescribing rates for all its hospitals for the first time.
WASHINGTON — The Department of Veterans Affairs began posting publicly for the first time Thursday the opiate prescribing rates at VA medical centers across the country. They range from a low of 3 % percent of prescriptions issued at VA hospitals in Cleveland and San Juan, Puerto Rico, to a high of 20% at the VA in Roseburg, Ore. “Many Veterans enrolled in the VA health-care system suffer fr...
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Southern California mudslides: At least 17 dead, 100 homes destroyed. Southern California mudslides: At least 17 dead, 100 homes destroyed.
Search and rescue efforts intensified Wednesday for hundreds of Montecito residents feared trapped in their homes after deadly walls of mud and debris roared down California hillsides stripped of vegetation by recent, ferocious wildfires. The one-two punch of fire and downpour-fueled debris flows have debilitated the affluent, picturesque community of about 10,000 people. The slides have killed...
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California: Thirteen dead in Montecito rains and mudslides. California: Thirteen dead in Montecito rains and mudslides.
At least 13 people are dead amid "waist-deep" mudslides in Southern California, where heavy rains triggered flooding, say officials. Some 163 people have been taken to hospital. Twenty had "storm-related injuries" and four were critically hurt. A group of up to 300 people are reportedly trapped in Romero Canyon, east of Santa Barbara. Police said the scene "looked like a World War One bat...
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It snowed for 66 hours straight in this upstate N.Y. city. It snowed for 66 hours straight in this upstate N.Y. city.
ALBANY, N.Y. — Talk about groundhog's day! Snow fell for 66 straight hours in the city of Syracuse, N.Y., starting early Thursday morning and ending around noon Saturday, the National Weather Service said. Lake effect snow off of Lake Ontario coupled with frigid temperatures led to 19.3 inches to fall on the central New York city over the three days, said weather service meteorologist Mike M...
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Water main break delays flights at New York's beleaguered JFK airport. Water main break delays flights at New York's beleaguered JFK airport.
A water main break at New York's John F. Kennedy International Airport delayed flights and forced a partial terminal evacuation Sunday as the airport struggled to recover from last week's powerful storm and a relentless run of bitter cold temperatures. The water main was the latest bad news for the airport, which has scrambled to fully function since the "bomb cyclone" storm blasted much of the...
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