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Congress averts government shutdown, Obama signs funding measure

Ending weeks of infighting, the U.S. Congress on Wednesday voted to avert a government shutdown just hours before a midnight deadline, passing a stop-gap measure to extend funding for federal agencies until Dec. 11.


10 FOR TODAY: Thursday, Oct. 1

Your daily look at the stories that will be talked about today.


Senate passes bill to avert government shutdown; House to follow

The U.S. Senate overwhelmingly passed legislation to avert a government shutdown, sending the measure to the House of Representatives just hours before funding for federal agencies runs out at midnight.


House Republicans to hold leadership elections Oct. 8

Republicans will choose their candidate for John Boehner's replacement as well as their choices for other party positions.


Troops from U.S.-led mission fight Taliban near Afghan city

Special forces from the U.S.-led military coalition in Afghanistan battled insurgents near the northern city of Kunduz that was captured by the Taliban this week.


New U.S. sanctions illustrate sprawling Islamic State network

The U.S. government is imposing sanctions against 25 people and five groups around the world connected to the Islamic State.


Pentagon: U.S. needs to beef up ability to deter cyber attacks

The U.S. military needs to improve its ability to deter attacks on its computer networks, top intelligence officials say.


10 FOR TODAY: Wednesday, Sept. 30

Here's a look at some of the big stories making news today, Wednesday, Sept. 30.


Boehner: House could consider debt limit as well as stopgap spending

As Congress moves toward passing a short-term funding bill to avert government shutdowns this week, House Speaker John Boehner left open the possibility of tackling major fiscal measures in October.


Obama, Castro meet as they work on thawing U.S.-Cuba ties

President Barack Obama shook hands with Cuban President Raul Castro at the United Nations in a rare one-on-one meeting between the former Cold War foes.


Scramble to fill top jobs in House after Boehner exit

House Republicans have plunged into a chaotic leadership scramble as they maneuver to find their next leaders in the wake of Speaker John Boehner's sudden resignation.


Volkswagen to refit cars affected by emissions scandal

Volkswagen announced plans on Tuesday to refit up to 11 million vehicles and overhaul its namesake brand to try to move on from the scandal over its cheating on diesel emissions tests.


Obama, Putin spar over Syria

Russia and the United States agreed on Monday to look for a diplomatic end to the Syrian civil war but clashed over the central question of whether Syrian President Bashar al-Assad should retain power.


10 FOR TODAY: Tuesday, Sept. 29

Here's a look at what's making news today.


Congress begins advancing spending bill with deadline looming

Congress is poised to rush legislation to President Barack Obama this week that would avoid a government shutdown on Thursday with the start of a new fiscal year.


U.S. regulator considers expanding Takata air bag recalls

The recall of Takata air bags could expand to include seven more manufacturers, including Volkswagen and Tesla Motors.


Obama, Putin to confront tensions on Syria, Ukraine

Putin, who will meet U.S. President Barack Obama in New York on Monday, branded U.S. support for rebel forces in Syria as illegal and ineffective and said Damascus should be included in international efforts to fight Islamic State.


Pew: Immigrants will drive U.S. population growth in next five decades

Immigrants and their descendants will drive U.S. population growth over the next half century, transforming the country into one where no racial or ethnic group is a majority.


TSA: Record number of guns found in airport searches

U.S. airport security agents discovered a record 67 firearms in luggage passengers intended to carry on to airplanes during one week.


Boehner slams some GOP hard liners as ‘false prophets’

House Speaker John Boehner is warning against people in his own party making unrealistic promises.

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