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Hope, skepticism linger about parks reopening

Posted: 10/11/2013 - Robert and Jayne Miller are on a three-week road trip across America, hoping to take in the sights along Route 66 as they head from California to Washington. But they hit a wall when they got to Grand Canyon National Park.

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Sorority members injured in Delaware bus crash

Posted: 10/11/2013 - Several sorority sisters from the University of Delaware were injured when a bus taking about 40 people to a party during homecoming week overturned in a crash with a tractor trailer, authorities said.

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Judge refuses to delay start of gay marriage in NJ

Posted: 10/11/2013 - A New Jersey judge has reaffirmed her call for the state to start issuing same-sex marriage licenses on Oct. 21, but the administration of Gov. Chris Christie is taking another crack at putting the mandate on hold.

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Man says 1973 UFO incident turned life upside down

Posted: 10/11/2013 - Charles Hickson never regretted the notoriety that came his way after he told authorities he encountered an unidentified flying object and its occupants 40 years ago on the banks of the Pascagoula River.

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As Bakken booms, drug arrests spike

Posted: 10/11/2013 - The booming Bakken oil patch that's given a major boost to U.S. energy production has emerged as a new front in the fight against drug trafficking.

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VIDEO: Blind man beaten on Phila. street as witnesses look on

Posted: 10/10/2013 - Philadelphia police have released surveillance footage they say shows an unidentified man knock a blind man to the ground and then proceed to kick and stomp on him as he lay helpless on the side of the road.

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Fake student loan site steals identities

Posted: 10/10/2013 - The fake Sallie sites have a timely and attractive pitch: Due to the government shutdown, indebted graduates can apply for a loan "forgiveness" program that would wipe away their debt.

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House GOP leaders seek short-term debt extension

Updated: 10/10/2013 - President Barack Obama is hosting top House Republicans to seek an opening in an impasse that has shuttered much of the government and threatens a catastrophic federal default.

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Ex-cop killed after firing at US courthouse in WVa

Posted: 10/10/2013 - Investigators said they are trying to determine why a retired police officer fired up to two dozen shots at a federal courthouse in West Virginia on Wednesday before officers returned fire and killed him.

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Nyad nearing end of NYC swim, raises $84K

Posted: 10/10/2013 - Endurance swimmer Diana Nyad (NY'-ad) is entering the final hours of her marathon Manhattan swim to benefit victims of Superstorm Sandy.

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Charity to pay military death benefits

Posted: 10/10/2013 - The Defense Department typically pays families about $100,000 within three days of a service member's death, but officials say the shutdown was preventing those benefits from being paid.

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Boston school buses rolling again after strike

Posted: 10/09/2013 - Boston school buses started rolling again Wednesday morning, the day after a surprise strike by about 600 drivers, but school officials warned that the dispute that led to the work stoppage was not resolved.

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Michigan governor to testify about Detroit bankruptcy

Posted: 10/09/2013 - Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder will take questions under oath Wednesday as labor unions and other creditors in Detroit's bankruptcy try to understand why he signed off on the largest public filing in U.S. history.

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Shutdown means no new beer from craft brewers

Updated: 10/09/2013 - Stores will still offer plenty of suds. But the shutdown has closed an obscure agency that quietly approves new breweries, recipes and labels.

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Poll: GOP gets the blame in shutdown

Posted: 10/09/2013 - Americans are holding Republicans primarily responsible for the partial government shutdown as public esteem sinks for all players in the impasse, President Barack Obama among them, according to a new poll.

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US adults score below average on worldwide test

Posted: 10/08/2013 - It's long been known that America's school kids haven't measured well compared with international peers. Now, there's a new twist: Adults don't either.

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Charges expected in Wash. soldier's fatal stabbing

Posted: 10/08/2013 - The Pierce County prosecutor says there may have been some "trash talk" during a fatal confrontation between two groups of soldiers in Lakewood, Wash., but there's no indication that race was the issue.

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