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Two weeks into the US government’s partial shutdown, new funding is being provided to some services to reopen closed programs, while other agencies that were at first spared now face closure. The Obama administration said last week that states could pay for national park operations. Arizona, Colorado, New York, North Dakota and Utah have accepted the offer. Even...

Banksy, the British street artist and prankster, is on the loose in New York City. But what do you make of it when this international phenomenon lands in your average Queens neighborhood? Banksy has spent the last week around the city posting stencil prints with bold messages — his once unique, now ubiquitous style. This morning, Gothamist reported that the artist’s...

At a stately White House ceremony on Tuesday, President Barack Obama will extol former Army Capt. William Swenson’s courage and award him the country’s highest military decoration. But beyond the pageantry is a convoluted tale not told in the official Army narrative detailing Swenson’s heroics when he and his troops were ambushed in Afghanistan more than...

WASHINGTON (AP) — Racing the clock, the Senate’s Democratic and Republican leaders closed in on a deal Monday night to avoid an economy-menacing Treasury default and end the two-week partial government shutdown. “We’ve made tremendous progress,” Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid declared after an intense day of negotiations with Senate Republican...

SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) — Construction is slated to restart Tuesday at the new $1.2 billion San Francisco 49ers showcase stadium after police and fire investigators determined a truck driver’s death was a workplace accident and not a crime. The delivery truck driver was crushed early Monday by a bundle of rebar being unloaded from his truck, officials at the...

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. senators said they were closing in on a deal Monday that would reopen the government and push back a possible default for several months, though many hurdles remained as a Thursday deadline drew near. The Senate’s top Democrat and top Republican both said they hoped they could soon reach an agreement that would allow them to avert...

Craig Venter reclines in his chair, puts his feet up on his desk and – gently stroking his milk chocolate-coloured miniature poodle, Darwin, asleep in his arms – shares his vision of the household appliance of the future. It is a box attached to a computer that would receive DNA sequences over the internet to synthesise proteins, viruses and even living cells. After...

Fuel cell technology used to power Nasa’s space shuttle will provide light and heat for Al Gore’s new London headquarters. The fuel cell, which converts gas into heat and electricity without producing carbon emissions, has been installed in a major crown estatedevelopment in Regent Street in the capital. “The fuel cell is a real flag in the sand,...

Leighton Baines slipped into customary cliche, describing the qualifiers ahead as “massive” with the caveat that England’s future involvement at the World Cup finals is very much “in our hands”. Progress is a collective target, a squad united as one and intent on securing belated first group wins over Montenegro and Poland, fellow aspirants...

You do not see many lions in Sheffield, indomitable or otherwise, but Serge Ambomo is determined to change that. Ambomo was one of Cameroon’s five-man boxing team at London 2012. “As soon as I got on the plane to come to England, I knew I was saved,” he says, suggesting he was not planning to return even then. Boxing first appeared as a formal Olympic...