The government shutdown that began Monday night and is now in its fourth full day means that lots of official data collection, analysis and reporting that happens each month has now stopped. This includes the monthly jobs reports issued by the Labor Department's Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS).
At 8 a.m. EST Thursday, the National Hurricane Center issued hurricane and tropical storm watches for the northern Gulf Coast, as tropical storm Karen gains strength in the southern part of the Gulf of Mexico.
As of 12:01 a.m. EST on Tuesday, the federal government closed down. Congressional leaders in the House of Representatives and the Senate were unable to reach an agreement on a budget or a temporary fix, known as a continuing resolution, before the start of the new fiscal year on October 1.
With Congress unable to agree on a budget or even a short-term emergency bill, it's increasingly likely that the federal government will suffer its first shutdown in 17 years. Leaders in the House of Representatives and the Senate will trade proposals on Monday, but neither side is optimistic that they will reach an agreement.
Stacey Rambold, who admitted raping 14-year-old Cherice Moralez in 2007, finished his 30-day term at the Montana State Prison in Deer Lodge on Thursday morning. Moralez, who at the time was a student at the high school where Rambold taught, committed suicide in 2010.
If you're the parent of a disabled child, you and your kid may have to wait in line for three hours at Disney World just like everyone else, all thanks to terrible people who paid huge sums of money to get their disability-free brats to the head of the line.
On Labor Day weekend, around 300 teenagers threw a party at a vacant farmhouse in Stephentown, New York. They trashed the residence, stole property and caused an estimated $20,000 in damage, all the while posting pictures and comments on various social media. Incredibly, this is not what the teens' parents are upset about.
This weekend we have a psychological thriller about a parent's desperate search for his missing child and the latest addition to the unlikely-dance-team-tries-to-win-the-dance-team-championship genre, so if you're into either of those things, you're in luck!
You might not think that students learning about the various uses of the word "twister" would get an indirect lesson in prostitution, but some fourth graders in Louisiana are receiving just such an education.
Details about Monday's mass shooting at the Navy Yard in Washington, D.C., are still emerging, but we have learned quite a bit more about exactly what happened, who the shooter is and who the victims are.
This weekend at theaters, we get the sequel to a popular 2010 horror hit by the director of this summer's smash, 'The Conjuring,' plus a return to gangster life for Robert De Niro (though not exactly 'Goodfellas' or 'Godfather' territory). Happy Friday the 13th!
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