Congress OKs bipartisan budget deal, but road ahead not easy

WASHINGTON (AP) — Congress sent President Barack Obama a bipartisan budget accord Friday that staves off a destabilizing U.S. default, eases the threat of a federal shutdown and spotlights the pitfalls — and opportunities — posed by the current brand of divided government.

  • Written by ALAN FRAM, Associated Press

Syrian MP: US decision to send troops is act of aggression

DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — The United States' decision to send troops into Syria is an act of aggression because it does not have the government's agreement, a Syrian member of parliament said Saturday.

  • Written by ALBERT AJI, Associated Press

Saudi FM: Assad's future among sticking points on Syria deal

MANAMA, Bahrain (AP) — Saudi Arabia's top diplomat says the timing of the departure of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and the withdrawal of foreign fighters remain the main sticking points to finding a lasting resolution to the war in Syria.

  • Written by THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

Survivors: Singer at nightclub did not realize fire danger

BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) — Survivors of a deadly nightclub fire and stampede in Romania say the lead singer of the heavy metal band on stage made a joke at first about the fire before it engulfed the basement club in downtown Bucharest.

  • Written by ALISON MUTLER, Associated Press

Judge denies appeal from Utah inmate facing firing squad

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A judge denied an appeal Friday from a Utah death row inmate who argued that his sentence of death by firing squad is cruel and unusual punishment.

  • Written by LINDSAY WHITEHURST, Associated Press