President Barack Obama urged the U.S. Congress on Wednesday to avoid a government shutdown starting Oct. 1, as Republican leaders in the House of Representatives struggled to find a way to get enough votes to pass a funding bill. Efforts were complicated by some conservatives who want to punish the women's healthcare provider Planned Parenthood and attach language denying any federal funds to the group as part of a broader bill keeping the government running beyond Sept. 30. "Democrats are ready to sit down and negotiate with Republicans right now...but it should be over legitimate questions of spending and revenue, not unrelated ideological issues," Obama told the Business Roundtable.
HOUSTON (AP) — Lawyers for Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, who faces military charges for leaving his post in Afghanistan, are likely to argue at his initial court hearing that his years of being held captive by the Taliban were punishment enough, according to legal experts.
LAS VEGAS (AP) — Water managers in Los Angeles and Las Vegas are poised to adopt a drought-driven deal to send enough water to serve about 300,000 homes annually from the Lake Mead reservoir to Southern California.
WASHINGTON (AP) — The head of the Environmental Protection Agency dismissed complaints Wednesday by Republican lawmakers that her agency downplayed the seriousness of a toxic mine spill that fouled rivers in three Western states.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — When he arrived in Los Angeles more than 50 years ago, Eli Broad once said, he found himself in a city without a cultural center. So the billionaire arts patron decided to build one.