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Budget Deal? Big Obstacles, New Year's Deadline

Posted: 12/06/2013 - With hopes of a "grand bargain" long gone, congressional negotiators now are seeking a more modest deal before year-end to ease the automatic spending cuts that are squeezing both the Pentagon and domestic federal programs. But the going is getting rougher.

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World Mourns Mandela, Struggles to Find the Words

Updated: 12/06/2013 - For most of the world, his name is synonymous with courage and perseverance. Leaders and citizens, athletes and artists remembered Nelson Mandela on Friday - though many struggled to find words big enough to describe the man who changed the face of South Africa and inspired a continent and a world: a colossus, a father figure, a giant baobab tree providing shade for an entire nation.

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Obama Mourns Death of Icon Nelson Mandela

Posted: 12/05/2013 - President Barack Obama says the world has lost an influential, courageous and 'profoundly good' man with the death of anti-apartheid icon Nelson Mandela.

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South Africa's President Says Nelson Mandela has Died

Updated: 12/05/2013 - Nelson Mandela, a colossus of the 20th century, emerged from 27 years in prison to topple apartheid with iron discipline, hardheaded realism and a common touch that endeared him to whites who had been conditioned to regard him as their bitter enemy.

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1 Child Dead in Idaho Elementary School Bus Crash

Posted: 12/05/2013 - Authorities say one child has died and four children and one adult were injured when a dump truck collided with a school bus carrying students to an elementary school in southwestern Idaho.

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Boehner Floats Farm Bill Extension

Posted: 12/05/2013 - House Speaker John Boehner says the farm bill should be extended through January while negotiators work out differences on cuts to food stamps and how to restructure farm subsidies.

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Report: NSA Tracks Billions of Cellphones Daily

Posted: 12/04/2013 - The Washington Post is reporting that the National Security Agency tracks the locations of nearly 5 billion cellphones every day overseas, including those belonging to Americans abroad.

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Newtown 911 Calls Show Calm Response to Shooting

Updated: 12/06/2013 - HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) - Recordings of 911 calls from the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting show town dispatchers calmly responding to a janitor, a teacher and others and assuring them help is coming.

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House Passes Plastic Gun Ban

Updated: 12/04/2013 - The Republican-controlled House has passed a new 10-year ban on firearms that that can evade metal detectors and X-ray machines.

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Union Exec: NYC Train Engineer Nodding at Controls

Updated: 12/04/2013 - A rail union official says a commuter train engineer caught himself nodding at the controls before the train started to veer off its tracks and derailed in New York City, killing four people.

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Cold Snap felt Across West, Midwest

Updated: 12/04/2013 - Temperatures across the western half of the nation are plunging as much as 40 degrees below normal as an Arctic cold-air mass moves south.

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Train Going Too Fast at Curve Before Wreck

Posted: 12/02/2013 - The National Transportation Safety Board says a train that derailed in New York City was traveling 82 mph as it approached a 30 mph zone.

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