Congress plunged the nation into a partial government shutdown Tuesday as a long-running dispute over President Barack Obama's health care law stalled a temporary funding bill, forcing about 800,000 federal workers off the job and suspending most non-essential federal programs and services.
Rescuers and investigators were working amid the smoldering wreckage of a private jet and the hangar it hit after landing at a Southern California airport, but they did not expect to find any survivors from the flight from Idaho with an unknown number aboard, officials said.
The White House and congressional Democrats say House approval of a delay in President Barack Obama's health care law does nothing but push the government closer to a partial shutdown in less than 48 hours.
The No. 2 officer at the military command in charge of all U.S. nuclear war-fighting forces has been suspended and is under investigation by the Naval Criminal Investigation Command for issues related to gambling, officials said Saturday.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo says he will use part of New York's share of federal Superstorm Sandy aid to "fully compensate" storm victims who had flood insurance claims denied because of a rule barring payments for damage caused by earth movement during a flood.
Heat is building on balkanized Republicans, who are convening the House this weekend in hopes of preventing a government shutdown but remain under tea party pressure to battle on and use a must-do funding bill to derail all or part of President Barack Obama's health care law.
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