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Washington woman fined $500 over acid attack claim

VANCOUVER, Washington (Reuters) – A woman who claimed a stranger doused her with acid, only to later admit she injured herself was sentenced on Friday to pay a $500 fine and seek mental health treatment after pleading guilty to making a false statement to authorities. Bethany Storro, 28, was also…

11th hour miracle: Congress strikes budget deal with minutes to spare before a shutdown

WASHINGTON – With literally moments to spare before a shutdown Friday at midnight, the two parties struck a deal to fund the government through September. They agreed to cut spending $39 billion from 2010 levels and separately vote on controversial policy riders blocking funding for Planned Parenthood. Congress also scrambled…

Idaho governor signs education overhaul into law

SALMON, Idaho (Reuters) – Idaho’s governor on Friday signed into law the final piece of a controversial Republican overhaul of education in the state, as teachers and their allies mobilized to fight the measures. The bill signed by Governor C.L. “Butch” Otter, a Republican, forces districts to equip high schools…

Washington nuclear plant evacuated after minor incident

SEATTLE (Reuters) – Washington state’s only nuclear power plant evacuated about 25 workers after a small amount of hydrogen sprang from a pipe and ignited in a six-inch flash, plant officials said on Friday. The incident at the Columbia Generating Station late Thursday afternoon resulted in no injuries or equipment…

Man says 1-year-old daughter’s overdose accidental

DENVER (Reuters) – A Colorado man charged in the overdose death of his one-year-old daughter said the girl ingested the painkiller oxycodone after he lost one of the pills, according to an arrest warrant affidavit released on Friday. Manuel Angel Rivera told investigators with the Mesa County Sheriff’s Office that…

Congress reaches agreement on budget

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid has announced that the Democrats and Republicans in Congress have reached a deal to avert a government shutdown. President Obama has also delivered a brief message, saying that “some of the cuts we agreed to will be painful [but] we protected the investments we need.”…

House GOP votes to overturn net neutrality

By Kevin Drawbaugh WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The House of Representatives voted on Friday to reject Internet “neutrality” rules that were adopted last year to keep big Internet service providers from blocking certain traffic House Republicans, in a 240-179 vote, pushed through a measure disapproving the Federal Communications Commission’s rules. Tech…

370,000 executive branch workers to be furloughed during shutdown

WASHINGTON – At least 370,000 employees of the Obama administration would be furloughed in the short-term during a government shutdown, according to data compiled by Government Executive. A shutdown would occur if Congress fails to pass a measure budget deal or resolution to continue funding the government after money expires…

D.C. residents pledge to dump trash at Boehner’s house

A government shutdown could literally be a mess for House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH). Thousands of the Washington, D.C. residents who will be without trash service if the government shuts its doors are promising to take their garbage to the Speaker’s residence. A Facebook page is inviting people to join…

Exclusive: Grayson says GOP ‘taking the whole country hostage’

WASHINGTON – With a government shutdown less than 12 hours away, progressive firebrand and former Rep. Alan Grayson (D-FL) on Friday afternoon compared the budget negotiations to the showdown that occurred last December over tax cuts. “Once again, the Republican Party leadership in Washington is taking the whole country hostage,”…

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