WASHINGTON — The United States moved closer to a default that could seriously harm the economy and a partial government shutdown entered its third week as Senate Democratic and Republican leaders remained at odds over spending in their last-ditch negotiations to end the crises gripping the nation. By Donna Cassata.
AP photos, audio, video. Eds: Senate meets at 2 p.m.
BOGOTA, Colombia — The crimes were almost too shocking to be true. Colombia's military slaughtered at least 3,900 innocent civilians over six years for no reason other than what U.N. investigators said was a bid to boost rebel body counts. Now, U.S. officials are watching whether a new Colombia military justice reform will allow the country's top brass to avoid prosecutions for the crimes. By Frank Bajak and Libardo Cardona.
TULSA, Oklahoma — Two men are in custody suspected in the shooting of five people at a traditional Hmong New Year's festival that rattled the peaceful, tight-knit immigrant community in east Tulsa. By Justin Juozapavicius.
CARACAS, Venezuela — A U.S.-chartered oil exploration ship seized by the Venezuelan navy in Caribbean waters disputed with neighbouring Guyana is escorted into Venezuela's Margarita Island, and authorities say the crew will remain on board during an investigation. By Fabiola Sanchez. AP Photos.
ANN Arbour, Michigan — Ford Motor Co. and the University of Michigan are opening a new battery research and manufacturing lab that they hope will speed the development of batteries for electric and hybrid cars. By Dee-Ann Durbin.
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NEW YORK — Oscar Hijuelos, a Cuban-American novelist who won a Pulitzer Prize for his 1989 novel "The Mambo Kings Play Songs of Love" and whose work often captured the loss and triumphs of the Cuban immigrant experience, has died. He was 62. By Tom McElroy.
ROSEMEAD, California — Although he'd been a practicing Buddhist for 20 years, until 10 months ago Dharma Master YongHua hadn't even seen so much as one of the sacred relics known as shariras that are so important to his faith. So it came as quite a surprise to the modest, soft-spoken monk when he learned he was becoming the caretaker of more than 10,000 of them. By John Rogers.
LOS ANGELES — In the latest take on the paranormal coming-of-age story "Carrie," beleaguered high school student Carrie White's torment doesn't just occur within the gym showers or on stage at prom. It's also online, one of a few modern updates dropped into filmmaker Kimberly Peirce's reimagining of Stephen King's landmark 1974 novel. By Entertainment Writer Derrik J. Lang.
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