Congress likely racing toward a government shutdown

WASHINGTON (AP) — A bitterly divided Congress hurtled toward a government shutdown this weekend in a partisan stare-down over demands by Democrats for a solution on politically fraught legislation to protect about 700,000 younger immigrants from being deported.

  • Written by By ANDREW TAYLOR and ALAN FRAM , Associated Press

Melted nuclear fuel seen inside second Fukushima reactor

TOKYO (AP) — The operator of Japan's crippled Fukushima nuclear plant said Friday that a long telescopic probe successfully captured images of what is most likely melted fuel inside one of its three damaged reactors, providing limited but crucial information for its cleanup.

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  • Written by By MARI YAMAGUCHI , Associated Press

Supreme Court puts order to redraw N. Carolina maps on hold

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — The U.S. Supreme Court on Thursday delayed a lower-court order that would have forced North Carolina Republican lawmakers to redraw the state's congressional districts by next week because of excessive partisan bias in current lines.

  • Written by By GARY D. ROBERTSON , Associated Press