Sen. Barbara Boxer, D-Calif., right, holds up a passage from the Affordable Care Act concerning health care benefits for women as she tell reporters that House Republicans' fight against it is tantamount to a war against women, Monday, Sept. 30, 2013, during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington. The Senate has the next move on must-do legislation required to keep the government open, and the Democratic-led chamber is expected to reject the latest effort from House Republicans to use a normally routine measure to attack President Barack Obama's signature health care law. Sen. Debbie Stabenow, D-Mich, listens at left. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Blame game rife as Dems, GOP try to avert shutdown

Compromise elusive, Republicans and Democrats engaged in finger-pointing Monday just hours before the first government shutdown in 17 years, driven by an intractable budget dispute over President Barack Obama's signature health care law.…
President Barack Obama pauses while making a statement regarding the budget fight in Congress and foreign policy challenges, Friday, Sept. 27, 2013, in the James Brady Press Briefing Room of the White House in Washington. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

How budget showdowns could squeeze the US economy

WASHINGTON (AP) — Just as the U.S. economy is struggling to expand at a healthy pace, a pair of political standoffs threatens to slow growth and spook investors. Unless...…
A man walks in front of Mazda's logo at its showroom in Tokyo, Wednesday, Oct. 31, 2012. (AP Photo/Shizuo Kambayashi)

Mazda recalls midsize cars to fix door latches

DETROIT (AP) — Mazda is recalling 161,400 midsize cars in the U.S. because the doors can open while they’re being driven. The recall affects Mazda 6 cars from the...…
HVNP Volunteer Marilyn helps remove invasive Himalyan ginger near Halema‘uma‘u Trail. NPS Photo/J.Ferracane

Volunteer on National Public Lands Day

Sept. 28 On Saturday, Sept. 28, thousands of sites across the country will host volunteer events to restore our historic and natural treasures. Park entrance fees are waived f...…
With four days to go before the federal government is due to run out of money, Sen. Charles Schumer, D-N.Y., center, points to a countdown clock during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, Sept. 26, 2013, as Senate Democratic leaders blame conservative Republicans for holding up a stopgap spending bill to keep the government running. From left are, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid of Nev., Schumer, Senate Majority Whip Richard Durbin of Ill., and Senate Appropriations Committee Chair Sen. Barbara Mikulski, D-Md.   (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Senate OKs budget bill, but fight not over

A potential federal shutdown hurtling ever closer, the Senate dealt an emphatic defeat to a core of rebellious young conservatives Friday and approved legislation preventing government agencies from closing on Tuesday.…
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid of Nev., left, follows Sen. Charles Schumer, D-N.Y., right, the Democratic Policy Committee chairman, after a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, Sept. 26, 2013, after blaming conservative Republicans for holding up a stopgap spending bill to keep the government running. Senate passage of the spending bill — stripped of the "Obamacare" provision — was expected no later than Saturday. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Senate seeks to reverse law on engineered crops

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate is seeking to reverse a controversial law that allows farmers to harvest genetically modified crops even when the crops are caught up in le...…
FILE - In this June 15, 2007, file photo, a customer picks out fruit while shopping at the Hannaford Supermarket in Quincy, Mass. The United States and Japan have agreed to make it easier to import each other's organic products, the latest step in a global effort that could give consumers more, and cheaper, access to organic food. The Agriculture Department is planning to announce Thursday, Sept. 26, 2013, that organic products certified in Japan or in the United States may be sold as organic in either country. (AP Photo/Stephan Savoia, File)

US-Japan deal could lead to more organic options

WASHINGTON (AP) — The United States and Japan have agreed to make it easier to import each other’s organic products, the latest step in a global effort that could...…
Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas talks to reporters as he emerges from the Senate Chamber on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, Sept 25, 2013, after his overnight crusade railing against the Affordable Care Act, popularly known as "Obamacare." Cruz ended the marathon Senate speech opposing President Barack Obama's health care law after talking for 21 hours, 19 minutes. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Boehner: House won’t pass ‘clean’ spending bill

House Republicans will not simply pass a temporary spending bill from the Democratic Senate after it is shorn clean of a tea party plan to "defund Obamacare," House Speaker John Boehner said on Thursday.…
FILE - In this Thursday, Feb. 7, 2013, file photo, U.S. Postal Service letter carrier, Jamesa Euler, delivers mail, in Atlanta. The financially struggling Postal Service said Wednesday, Sept. 25, 2013, it is seeking a 3-cent increase in the cost of mailing a letter, bringing the price of a first-class stamp to 49 cents. (AP Photo/David Goldman, File)

USPS seeks increase in cost of stamps, to 49 cents

WASHINGTON (AP) — It soon could cost 49 cents to mail a letter. The postal Board of Governors said Wednesday it wants to raise the price of a first-class stamp by 3 cents, c...…
A sheet of uncut $100 bills is inspected during the printing process at the Bureau of Engraving and Printing Western Currency Facility in Fort Worth, Texas, Tuesday, Sept. 24, 2013. The federal printing facility is making the new-look colorful bills that include new security features in advance of the Oct. 8 circulation date. (AP Photo/LM Otero)

New $100 bill has ink well, more color, 3-D

Photo gallery of new $100 bills FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — A glitzier, high-tech version of America’s $100 bill is rolling off the presses and headed for wal...…
FILE - Smoke pours from a chimney at a cement plant in Binzhou city, in eastern China's Shandong province, Thursday, Jan. 17, 2013. Scientists from around the world have gathered in Stockholm in September 2013 for a meeting of a U.N. panel on climate change and will probably issue a report saying it is "extremely likely" - which they define in footnotes as 95 percent certain - that humans are mostly to blame for temperatures that have climbed since 1951. (AP Photo)

What 95% certainty of warming means to scientists

WASHINGTON (AP) — Top scientists from a variety of fields say they are about as certain that global warming is a real, man-made threat as they are that cigarettes kill. T...…
FILE - A sales associate demonstrates the use of a electronic cigarette and the smoke like vapor that comes from it in Aurora, Colo. on Wednesday, March 2, 2011. Children - like adults - are increasingly trying electronic cigarettes, according to the first large national study to gauge use by middle and high school students. About 2 percent of the students said they’d used an e-cigarette in the previous month, according to a survey done in 2012. That was up from 1 percent in 2011. Results were released Thursday, Sept. 5, 2013 by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. (AP Photo/Ed Andrieski)

40 AGs urge tight regulation of e-cigarettes

BOSTON (AP) — Forty attorneys general sent a letter to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Tuesday urging the agency to meet its own deadline and regulate electron...…
U.S. President Barack Obama addresses the 68th session of the United Nations General Assembly,  Tuesday, Sept. 24, 2013. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)

At UN, Obama welcomes signs of Iranian moderation

President Barack Obama on Tuesday welcomed the new Iranian government's pursuit of a "more moderate course," saying it should offer the basis for a breakthrough on Iran's nuclear impasse with the United Nations and the U.S. He signaled a willingness to directly engage Iran's leaders, tasking Secretary of State John Kerry with pursuing that diplomacy with Tehran.…