Bipartisan budget agreement nears final passage
WASHINGTON (AP) — A modest, bipartisan budget pact designed to keep Washington from lurching from fiscal crisis to fiscal crisis and ease the harshest effects of automatic budget cuts is on the brink of passing the Senate.
Fed decision on pace of bond purchases is awaited
WASHINGTON (AP) — Investors are waiting to see whether one of Ben Bernanke's final acts as chairman of the Federal Reserve will be to announce a pullback in the Fed's bond purchases. The purchases have been intended to keep long-term loan rates low to spur economic growth.
Gunman kills himself, 1 other at Reno hospital
RENO, Nev. (AP) — Some fled in panic as gunshots echoed through a sprawling Reno hospital complex while others locked themselves in medical offices as dozens of police cars and SWAT teams sealed off a three-block area and heavily armed officers began a nervous room-to-room search.
Mandela grandson reportedly locked out; no comment
JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Mandla Mandela, grandson of anti-apartheid icon Nelson Mandela, won't comment on a report that he was locked out of the family's homestead in the village of Qunu by relatives four days before his grandfather was buried there.