WASHINGTON — A possible national default looms closer as the partial federal government shutdown continues, rattling markets in the U.S. and overseas. A gridlocked Congress betrays little or no urgency toward resolving either of the threats. By AP Special Correspondent David Espo. AP Photos.


WASHINGTON — Across America the government's work is piling up, and it's not just paperwork. It's old tires and litter on a stretch of river in Nebraska. Food poisoning microbes awaiting analysis in Atlanta. The charred wreckage of a plane in California, preserved in case safety investigators return. By Connie Cass. AP Photos.


WASHINGTON — A team of military, intelligence and Justice Department interrogators has been sent to the USS San Antonio in international waters to question terror suspect Abu Anas al-Libi, who was captured in Libya over the weekend, two law enforcement officials tell The Associated Press. By Eileen Sullivan and Pete Yost.


WASHINGTON — The Obama administration is optimistic that a U.S.-Afghan agreement over the future role of American troops in the country can be finalized in the next few weeks despite two main sticking points and President Hamid Karzai's emotional outburst alleging that the U.S. and NATO repeatedly violate Afghan sovereignty. By Deb Riechmann and Patrick Quinn. AP Photos.


UNITED NATIONS — The U.N. secretary-general recommends that approximately 100 people from the United Nations and the world's chemical weapons watchdog agency be part of an unprecedented and dangerous joint mission to eliminate Syria's poison gas stockpile. By Edith M. Lederer.


BUENOS AIRES, Argentina — Doctors prepare to drill into President Cristina Fernandez's skull so they can siphon out blood pressuring her brain two months after an unexplained head injury, a worrying development for many Argentines who are struggling to imagine their country with anyone else at its center. By Michael Warren. AP Photos.



NEW YORK — Two Americans and a German-American won the Nobel Prize in medicine Monday for illuminating how tiny bubbles inside cells shuttle key substances around like a vast and highly efficient fleet of vans, delivering the right cargo to the right place at the right time. By Malcolm Ritter and Karl Ritter. AP Photos. AP Video.


ST. LOUIS — Missouri will move ahead with two planned executions despite efforts in Europe to block a common anesthetic from being used in the procedure, Gov. Jay Nixon says. BY Alan Scher Zagier.


WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court is tackling a challenge to limits on contributions by the biggest individual givers to political campaigns. The case being argued at the high court Tuesday is a test of the Roberts court's readiness to take its most aggressive swipe at campaign finance laws since its Citizens United decision in 2010 took the lid off of independent spending by corporations and labor unions. Supporters of campaign finance laws say the case poses a threat to the contribution limits that Congress first enacted in 1974, in the wake of Watergate abuses. By Mark Sherman. AP Photos.


RIO DE JANEIRO — An Associated Press analysis of police statistics finds missing person cases have shot up in Rio and its outskirts since a police security push into slums ahead of the Olympics and World Cup. Many shantytown residents suspect police themselves may be involved. By Bradley Brooks. AP Photos


BRASILIA, Brazil — Brazil demands clarifications from the Canadian government about allegations that its spies targeted Brazil's Mines and Energy Ministry, in what Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff says appears to be an act of industrial espionage. By Marco Sibaja.


SALT LAKE CITY — Minutes after 14-year-old Elizabeth Smart was snatched from her bedroom in the dead of night, a police cruiser idled by along a neighborhood street as she was forced to the ground at knifepoint. "Move and I will kill you!" her captor hissed. It was one of several fleeting times Smart watched a rescue slip away during her nine-month ordeal, she recounts in "My Story," a 308-page book released Monday by St. Martin's Press. By Paul Foy and Michelle L. Price. AP Photos.


CIUDAD JUAREZ, Mexico — As government officials and event organizers blame the driver for a monster truck plowing into a crowd of spectators, motor-sports experts point at the organizers, saying the show was blatantly deficient and life-threatening. By Ricardo Chavez and Michael Weissenstein. AP Photos.


WASHINGTON — Little Amelia Sloan is a pioneer: Shortly after her birth, scientists took drops of the healthy baby's blood to map her genetic code. Amelia is part of a large research project that is decoding the DNA of hundreds of infants. New parents soon can start signing up for smaller studies to explore if what's called genome sequencing — fully mapping someone's genes to look for health risks — should become a part of newborn care. By AP Medical Writer Lauran Neergaard. AP Photos. AP Video.


NEW YORK — It's a turkey. It's a menorah. It's Thanksgivukkah! An extremely rare convergence this year of Thanksgiving and the start of Hanukkah has created a frenzy of Talmudic proportions. The last time that happened was 1888, or at least the last time since Thanksgiving was declared a federal holiday by President Lincoln. There's number crunching and songs, T-shirts and even a "Menurkey," a Turkey-shaped menorah. By Leanne Italie. AP Photos.



NEW ORLEANS — For weeks after BP's massive 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, people across the globe were captivated by a live video feed from underwater cameras that showed the company's blown-out well belching plumes of black crude into the water. More than three years later, clips from the spill cam were projected on a screen in a New Orleans courtroom while lawyers for BP and the federal government quarreled over how much oil gushed out of BP's Macondo well during the 87-day crisis. By Michael Kunzelman. AP Photo.


WASHINGTON — The new $100 bill, with an array of high-tech features designed to thwart counterfeiters, will get its coming out party on Tuesday, partial government shutdown or not. By AP Economics Writer Martin Crutsinger. AP Photos.


BUENOS AIRES, Argentina — The U.S. Supreme Court refuses to hear Argentina's appeal of a ruling that would force it to either pay about $1.4 billion to hedge funds or default on most other bonds issued to make good on debts from its 2001 default crisis. By Michael Warren and Mark Sherman.


NEW YORK — The longtime secretary of imprisoned financier Bernard Madoff and four other back-office subordinates of the Ponzi king are going to trial Tuesday as the government for the first time shows a jury what it has collected in its five-year probe of one of history's biggest frauds. By Larry Neumeister and Tom Hays. AP Photos.


JUNEAU, Alaska — The companies seeking to advance a multibillion dollar natural gas pipeline project in Alaska have a leading contender for the terminal site where gas would be liquefied and shipped to Asia, signaling that a decades-old dream could become a reality even though major hurdles remain.



NEW YORK — Britain and Brazil share the lead for International Emmy nominations with six apiece, including best actor and drama series nods for BBC One's "Accused." By Charles J. Gans. AP Photos.


NEW YORK (AP) — Americans don't just watch TV anymore; they talk about it on Twitter. From the comfort of couches, they share reactions to touchdowns and nail-biting season finales — and advertisers and networks are taking note. BY Barbara Ortutay and Ryan Nakashima.


NEW YORK — Dee Dee Bridgewater might have been a Broadway star were she not so successful as a jazz singer. She won a Tony Award in her Broadway debut as Glinda the Good Witch in "The Wiz." But she later rededicated herself to her jazz career, touring the world, winning three Grammys Awards and hosting NPR's nationally syndicated "Jazz Set." Now the 63-year-old Bridgewater has put her jazz career on hold to return to the New York stage for the first time since 1979 in the off-Broadway musical play, "Lady Day," about legendary jazz singer Billie Holiday. By Charles J. Gans. AP Photos.


For all the antics that Miley Cyrus has demonstrated in the last few months — the wardrobe selections (or lack thereof), the outrageous quotes, the awkward twerking and the rest of her wild child behavior — she could easily grab attention if she did one thing: let her music speak for itself. Cyrus' "Bangerz," her fourth album, is a collection that marks the 20-year-old's musical breakthrough. By AP Music Writer Mesfin Fekadu. AP Photo.