NEW YORK (AP) — With a possible government shutdown just days away, Wall Street is again feeling the jitters. Stocks are lower again today -- the sixth day out of the past seven in which the Dow and the S&P have suffered declines. The Senate is expected to approve a bill today that would keep government agencies from shutting down Tuesday -- but the House leadership has said it won't accept the measure. It's because Senate Democrats are removing a provision that would de-fund the health care overhaul.
BEIRUT (AP) — Activists in Syria say a car bomb near a mosque north of Damascus has left at least 30 people dead. The bomb exploded as worshippers emerged from Friday prayers. Meanwhile, the U.N. says chemical weapons inspectors who are back in Syria this week will investigate a total of seven sites of purported chemical attacks. That's four more sites than were previously known.
MUMBAI, India (AP) — The number of dead from an apartment building collapse in the Indian city of Mumbai has reached eight, and it could go higher. More than 30 people have been rescued from the rubble, but just as many are still missing, and the search is continuing.
WASHINGTON (AP) — A federal housing agency says it needs a $1.7 billion bailout from the Treasury to cover projected losses in a mortgage programs for seniors. At issue are reverse mortgage programs, which allow seniors to borrow against their homes for everyday living expenses. The Federal Housing Administration is struggling with $5 billion in losses on its reverse mortgage program. It suffered big losses when many borrowers 62 or older took large payments up front and later ran into financial problems, often due to falling home values during the financial crisis.
NEW YORK (AP) — Two former American soldiers and a German ex-soldier have been arrested in New York and charged with plotting to kill a U.S. drug enforcement agent. The charges were announced today by federal prosecutors in Manhattan. The government says the plot was part of a conspiracy to import cocaine into the United States.