Lew: 'Congress is playing with fire' on debt ceiling

With 11 days left for Congress to vote to raise the nation's borrowing limit, and the government shut down, Treasury Secretary Jack Lew underscored the importance of raising the debt ceiling to avoid dire consequences domestically and aroun

No compromise to end shutdown in sight

Moderate Republican Rep. Peter King said Sunday there's "no way" enough House Republicans will side with Democrats on passing a "clean" continuing resolution to fund the government and end the shutdown crisis.

Upcoming Senate vote on federal worker backpay

If the Senate passes this bill for federal worker backpay, it will be the second time that Harry Reid and the Democrats have blinked to approve targeted, House-passed funding measures.

House: Shutdown shouldn't stop religious services at military installations

The House of Representatives was nearly unanimous in a Saturday vote that mandated military installations around the country continue to provide religious services during the government shutdown.

Oklahoma zoo tiger bites employee's arm

A tiger at an Oklahoma zoo bit a female employee's arm Saturday after she broke protocol by sticking her hand inside the animal's cage, the zoo owner and local undersheriff said.

Southeast Louisiana battens down for Tropical Storm Karen

People in parts of Southeast Louisiana are battening down in preparation for tropical storm Karen. The storm is off the gulf coast, heading for land.

The shutdown, the IRS and your taxes

If you were thinking that the government shutdown meant you would get out of paying your taxes, think again.

Hagel: Most civilian DOD workers can return next week

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel announced Saturday that "most [Department of Defense] civilians placed on emergency furlough during the government shutdown will be asked to return to work beginning next week."

Tornado strikes Nebraska as winter storm hits South Dakota, Wyoming

Wicked weather dominated much of the American Midwest and westward on Friday.