WASHINGTON (AP) — Americans can breathe again, but not for long after Congress approved and the president signed measures that end a partial government shutdown and avoid a U.S. default on obligations -- but only temporarily. The bill's passage sets up another collision between the administration and Republicans over spending and borrowing early next year. Much of the government opens for business today.
YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK, Calif. (AP) — People can start being sent to Alcatraz again today -- by their tour operators. The notorious former prison was shuttered along with other federal sites during the partial shutdown, but reopens today. Yosemite National Park is already reopened.
NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — Democrat Cory Booker is the latest U.S. Senator from New Jersey but he won't have much campaign down time, since he'll be running for a full term next year. Yesterday's special election was to fill the remainder of the late Sen. Frank Lautenberg's term. Booker defeated conservative Steve Lonegan.
CAIRO (AP) — Amnesty International says Egypt needs to stop the unlawful detention and deportation of Syrian refugees, including children. The human rights group says appalling conditions in detention and the threat of being sent back to Syria are prompting many refugees to flee again, attempting a treacherous journey by sea to Europe.
MIAMI (AP) — If there were an official 'Taste of America 2013,' it would look a lot different than in decades past. These days, tortillas outsell burger and hot dog buns; sales of tortilla chips trump potato chips; and tacos and burritos have become so ubiquitously "American," most people don't even consider them ethnic. Research shows growing immigrant and minority populations are rewriting the nation's collective menu.