Spending impasse continues...Food products recalled...Scott Carpenter recovering from stroke

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Associated Press

Posted on September 29, 2013 at 2:00 PM

Updated Sunday, Sep 29 at 2:00 PM

WASHINGTON (AP) — With a partial government shutdown looming, lawmakers discussed their impasse on the Sunday talk shows. The No. 3 House Republican leader, Kevin McCarthy of California, held out hope for an agreement but said the GOP won't relent on demands for "fundamental changes" in the new health care law. Virginia Democratic Senator Tim Kaine said "we should have this debate," but that shutting down the government should not be used as "the lever to make a change." The two spoke on "Fox News Sunday."

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — With new online health insurance exchanges set to launch Tuesday, consumers in many Southern and Plains states will have to look harder for information on how the marketplaces work than their counterparts elsewhere. In Republican-led states that oppose the federal Affordable Care Act, the strategy has ranged from largely ignoring the health overhaul to encouraging residents not to sign up. Health care experts worry that ultimately consumers in these states could end up confused about the exchanges, and the overall rollout of the law could be hindered.

MILWAUKEE (AP) — Garden Fresh Foods of Milwaukee has recalled 19,000 pounds of ready-to-eat chicken and ham products because of possible Listeria bacteria contamination. The USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service says the foods were distributed to retailers and food services nationwide. They include several kinds of chicken and ham salads sold under the Market Pantry, Archer Farms, D'Amico and Sons, Finest Traditions, Garden Fresh and Weis brands. There are no reports of illnesses.

VAIL, Colo. (AP) — Astronaut Scott Carpenter is recovering from a stroke. Patty Carpenter tells a Colorado newspaper, the Vail Daily,that her 88-year-old husband had a stroke last week and has been moved to a rehabilitation center. Scott Carpenter is remembered for his radio call "Godspeed, John Glenn," when Friendship 7 lifted off and Glenn became the first American to orbit Earth in February of 1962. Three months later, Carpenter became the second American in orbit.

LONGBOAT KEY, Fla. (AP) — Influential Italian cookbook author Marcella Hazan (mahr-CHEL'-ah hah-ZAHN') has died. Family members say she died today at her Florida home. Hazan was best known for her six cookbooks, including "The Classic Italian Cookbook." She was 89.

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