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October 9, 2013

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BUDGET BATTLE

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama steps up pressure on the top House Republican to hold votes to reopen the federal government and prevent a potentially disastrous U.S. government default. AP Photos.

With: SHUTDOWN-BORROWING LIMITY-Q&A; SHUTDOWN EFFECTS-WHITE HOUSE; SHUTDOWN-SOUTH POLE.

BUDGET BATTLE-POLL

WASHINGTON — 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. It’s a struggle with no heroes. By Calvin Woodward and Jennifer Agiesta. AP Photo.

OBAMA-FEDERAL RESERVE

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama will nominate Federal Reserve vice chair Janet Yellen to succeed Ben Bernanke as chairman of the U.S. central bank, the White House says. Yellen would be the first woman to head the powerful Fed, taking over at a pivotal time for the economy and the banking industry. By Martin Crutsinger and Jim Kuhnhenn.

With: BIOBOX-YELLEN

AFRICAN TERRORIST RAIDS-INTERROGATION

WASHINGTON — Aboard a Navy warship, U.S. investigators are likely playing good cop/bad cop, shouting and banging their hands on a table to get suspected al-Qaida operative Abu Anas al-Libi to give up key intelligence. That’s what they’re allowed to do, anyway. What interrogators shouldn’t be doing is putting a hood over al-Libi’s head, waterboarding him or depriving him of food. By Eileen Sullivan. AP Photo.

SUPREME COURT-CAMPAIGN FINANCE

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court appears likely to throw out caps on some contributions by the biggest individual donors to political campaigns, opening the way for more money to pour into U.S. elections.

CHILE-GLACIERS

SANTIAGO, Chile — Just how to define a glacier is at the heart of a Chilean congressional battle that could determine the future of mining in the world’s largest copper-producing country. Mining experts say the proposed protections could shutter multibillion-dollar mining projects and slow investment. By Luis Andres Henao. AP Photos.

CANADA-BRAZIL SPYING

TORONTO — Canada’s prime minister said Tuesday he’s “very concerned” about allegations that his country’s spies hacked phones and computers belonging to Brazil’s Mines and Energy Ministry and that Canada’s ambassador is working to repair the damage. By Rob Gillies. AP Photo.

BRAZIL-VIOLENT DEMONSTRATIONS

RIO DE JANEIRO — Rio de Janeiro and Sao Paulo wake up to scenes of destruction following violent overnight demonstrations by striking teachers demanding higher pay. AP Photos.

ARGENTINA-PRESIDENT’S HEALTH

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina — As President Cristina Fernandez recovers from surgery to relieve pressure on her brain, surgeons are offering widely different views on how long it might be for her to retake control of a government that seems entirely dependent on her calling the shots. By Michael Warren. AP Photos.

ADULT LITERACY

WASHINGTON — In math, reading and problem-solving using technology — all skills considered critical for global competitiveness and economic strength — American adults scored below the international average on a global test, according to results released Tuesday. By Education Writer Kimberly Hefling. AP Photo.

MEXICO-POLICE ARRESTED

MEXICO CITY — Mexican authorities announce the arrest of 13 federal police officers who allegedly belonged to a kidnap and murder gang that operated in the Pacific coast resort of Acapulco. By Mark Stevenson.

MORMONS-GAYS

SALT LAKE CITY — The Mormon church’s stance on homosexuality has softened considerably since it was one of the leading forces behind ending gay marriage in California. A new website launched this year encourages more compassion toward gays, implores them to stay in the faith and clarifies that church leaders no longer “necessarily advise” gays to marry people of the opposite sex. Some gay Mormons who left or were forced out of the church say they are now being welcomed back — even though they remain in same-sex relationships. It may seem like negligible progress to outsiders, but Mormon scholars say 2013 has been a landmark year for the religion on gay and lesbian issues. By Brady McCombs. AP Photos.

HAITI-CHOLERA

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti — A United Nations official makes a rare case for compensation for the thousands of Haitians who have died of a cholera outbreak in the Caribbean nation. By Trenton Daniel.

CHURCH ABUSE-MINNESOTA

ST. PAUL, Minnesota — When Jennifer Haselberger uncovered what looked like recent, troubling sexual behavior by several Minnesota priests — a stash of possible child pornography on one priest’s computer hard drive, another with a well-documented history of sexual compulsion still leading a parish — she tried to ring alarm bells at the top ranks of the St. Paul-Minneapolis Archdiocese. But Haselberger, who resigned last April as the archdiocese’s chancellor for canonical affairs, said she felt ignored. She has since gone public with concerns that Minnesota’s archbishop and top deputies failed to truly reform how they handle problem priests, despite repeated promises to do so. By Amy Forliti and Patrick Condon. AP Photos.

CHILE-DALMATIAN MAN

SANTIAGO, Chile — He’s known to many as the “Dalmatian Man.” Spurred by the Disney movie “101 Dalmatians,” Nelson Vergara has been rescuing stray dogs. Today, 42 Dalmatians live in the backyard of his modest home, and that has him in trouble with city officials. By Mauricio Cuevas. AP Photos.

BUSINESS:

WALL STREET

NEW YORK — The stock market’s slow bleed got a little worse Tuesday. The decline is the result of squabbling in Washington over raising the nation’s debt limit and a government shutdown that has dragged on for more than a week. Moderate losses for the stock market in the first days of the shutdown have accelerated this week as the U.S. has moved closer to an Oct. 17 deadline for lifting the government’s borrowing authority. By Markets Writer Steve Rothwell. AP Photo.

SHUTDOWN-FEDERAL RESERVE

The Federal Reserve’s decision last month to maintain the size of its economic stimulus was a shocker. Just about everyone expected a pullback in its bond purchases, which have helped keep loan rates low. And now? Thanks to the government’s partial shutdown, many analysts don’t think the Fed will reduce its stimulus before next year. Chairman Ben Bernanke and the Fed may also now look a bit wiser to those who questioned their stance. After all, a key reason Bernanke gave for maintaining the pace of the Fed’s stimulus was Washington’s budget impasse. By Economics Writer Martin Crutsinger.

IMF-GLOBAL ECONOMY

WASHINGTON — The International Monetary Fund cut cut its global economic growth forecasts and warned that the U.S. would harm the world economy if it fails to raise its borrowing limit. By AP Economics Writer Christopher S. Rugaber. AP Photo.

MULALLY’S MICROSOFT

Back when Microsoft was the biggest name in technology, CEO Bill Gates leveled an attack on the auto industry: If carmakers were as innovative as computer companies, he said, a car would cost just $27. That was 16 years ago. Today, PC sales are falling as consumers show a preference for mobile devices and Microsoft is struggling. Meanwhile, U.S. car companies are resurgent. It’s a testament to the changing times that Microsoft is reportedly considering Ford Motor Co. chief Alan Mulally as CEO Steve Ballmer’s replacement when he steps down in less than a year. Here are the pros and cons of Mulally taking over at Microsoft. By Ryan Nakashima and Dee-Ann Durbin.

TWITTER-IPO-EXCHANGE FIGHT

NEW YORK — Twitter’s stock debut is the biggest coming-out party since Facebook, and Wall Street’s marquee exchanges are fighting to host it. The company has yet to announce an exchange, but when its shares go public sometime before Thanksgiving, Twitter executives will either ring the opening bell on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange or sign a digital screen on the podium of the Nasdaq Stock Exchange. Either way, the initial public offering is much more than a photo op for the winner. Listing Twitter’s shares and overseeing their trading means added revenue at a time when NYSE and Nasdaq are losing business and struggling to keep up with changing technologies. By Markets Writer Ken Sweet. AP Photo.

With: TWITTER-TWEETER-STOCK.

EARNS-YUM

NEW YORK — KFC’s parent company Yum Brands says its profit fell 68 percent in the third quarter, as its China unit struggles to recover from a controversy over its chicken supply and the bird flu scare and the company took a write down tied to its Little Sheep chain in China. AP Photo.

DIGITAL LIFE-TECH TEST-GOOGLE LAPTOP

NEW YORK — Hewlett-Packard’s new Chromebook 11 is a laptop at heart, but it’s light and portable enough to work well in places where you’d normally prefer a tablet. By AP Technology Writer Anick Jesdanun. AP Photos.

With: GOOGLE-NEW LAPTOP.

ARTS AND ENTERTAINMENT:

TV-Q&A-JESSICA LANGE

LOS ANGELES — Screen legend Jessica Lange says the secret to her longevity in Hollywood is simply trusting her instincts. “As you can tell from looking at my career, there was no plan!” By Nicole Evatt. AP Photos.

MUSIC-MILEY CYRUS

NEW YORK — Miley Cyrus says she’s not sure she’ll make up with Sinead O’Connor after the back and forth drama between the singers. By Music Writer Mesfin Fekadu.

THEATER-BRYAN CRANSTON

NEW YORK — Bryan Cranston will surprise Broadway audiences when he portrays President Lyndon B. Johnson after being so closely associated with his “Breaking Bad” anti-hero, says the producer who is luring the actor to a New York stage. By Drama Writer Mark Kennedy. AP Photos.

TV-50 CENT

NEW YORK — 50 Cent said he’s excited to be part of the new Sundance series “Dream School” because the reality show focuses on uplifting people. By Music Writer Mesfin Fekadu. AP Photos.

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