WASHINGTON — Senate leaders took command of efforts to avert a Treasury default and end the partial government shutdown Tuesday night after a last big effort by House Republicans abruptly collapsed. A top ratings firm warned of a possible downgrade in the country's creditworthiness.



NEW YORK — An alleged al-Qaida member who was snatched off the streets in Libya and interrogated for a week aboard an American warship pleads not guilty to bombing-related charges in a case that has renewed the debate over how quickly terrorism suspects should be turned over to the U.S. courts. By Larry Neumeister and Tom Hays. AP Photos.


WASHINGTON — The U.S. Supreme Court agrees to decide whether to block key aspects of the Obama administration's plan aimed at cutting power plant and factory emissions of gases blamed for global warming. By Mark Sherman and Dina Cappiello. AP Photo.


WASHINGTON — The U.S. Supreme Court listens skeptically to arguments that survivors and victims of Argentina's "dirty war" should be allowed to use California courts to sue the former DaimlerChrysler Corp. of Stuttgart, Germany, for alleged abuses in Argentina. By Jesse J. Holland.


PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti — A labor rights group is accusing clothing manufacturers in Haiti of frequently cheating workers out of their meager wages, paying them on average 32 percent less than what they should. By Trenton Daniel.


FLAGSTAFF, Arizona — Two members of a notorious family that authorities say once tried to set up a whites-only nation in America are arrested in Arizona on federal firearms charges after a raid on a sprawling ranch where dozens of weapons and thousands of rounds of ammunition were seized. By Felicia Fonseca and Brian Skoloff. AP Photos.


MEDELLIN, Colombia — Juan Esteban Cantor found a parking place, but it cost him his life. The body of the 23-year-old university student is pulled from the ruins of a collapsed 22-story apartment tower, the first of 11 missing people to be located. By Luis Benavides. AP Photos.


NEW YORK — A judge who once tried to stop collection worldwide of an $18 billion environmental judgment against energy giant Chevron began hearing evidence in the oil company's bid to block collection in the U.S.


SAN DIEGO — San Diego's former mayor, driven from office by sexual harassment allegations, pleads guilty to a felony for putting a woman in a headlock and to less serious charges for kissing another woman against her will and grabbing the buttocks of a third.


ALBANY, New York — A Holocaust survivor's family urges New York's highest court to let them keep an ancient gold tablet that their late father somehow obtained in Germany after World War II. By Michael Virtanen.


BOSTON — Fertility clinics have put a new twist on how to make babies: A "two-mom" approach that lets female same-sex couples share the biological role. One woman's eggs are mixed in a lab dish with donor sperm, then implanted in the other woman, who carries the pregnancy. By Chief Medical Writer Marilynn Marchione. AP Photos.


WASHINGTON — A former Army captain whose heroic actions in a deadly Afghan battle were captured on video received the nation's highest military award, the Medal of Honor, from President Barack Obama at the White House. By Darlene Superville. AP Photos.


WINTER HAVEN, Florida — Two Florida girls who were primarily responsible for bullying a 12-year-old girl who killed herself were arrested after one of them acknowledged the harassment online, an official says. By Mike Schneider and Jennifer Kay. AP Photo. AP Video.


NEW YORK — New York police Assistant Chief Joseph Reznick went this weekend to visit the grave of a child long known as Baby Hope, as he's often done in the past two decades, but this time he came with more answers than questions about her death. Hername was made public the same day a distant cousin confessed to sexually abusing the girl, then suffocating her, police said. So Reznick replaced a placard on her headstone at St. Raymond's Cemetery that read "the identity of this little girl is unknown" with one that spelled out her name, Anjelica Castillo. By Colleen Long. AP Photos.


NEW YORK — A Congolese surgeon who treated tens of thousands of women who were gang-raped received a prize honoring his courage Tuesday and said the women he treated "changed my life." Denis Mukwege accepted the 2013 Civil Courage Prize for his work at the Panzi Hospital, which he founded in 1999 in the capital of the war-torn province of South Kivu.



WASHINGTON — The Fitch credit rating agency has warned that it is reviewing the U.S. government's AAA credit rating for a possible downgrade, citing the impasse in Washington that has raised the threat of a default on the nation's debt. By Economics Writer Christopher S. Rugaber.


NEW YORK — It's no surprise that investors get nervous every time politicians debate raising the U.S. debt limit. The stock market is the better-known barometer of the U.S. financial system, symbolized by famous companies and colorful traders on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange. But the $38 trillion bond market is a far larger and more important driver of world financial markets. By Markets Writer Ken Sweet.



NEW YORK — Twitter will be coming off its biggest quarterly loss in the past three years when the online messaging service brings its IPO to the New York Stock Exchange later this fall. By Ken Sweet and Michael Liedtke. AP Photo.


NEW YORK — Wal-Mart Stores Inc. is embracing a disciplined approach to expansion as it responds to a challenging global economy and increasing consumer demands for more convenience. By Retail Writer Anne D'Innocenzio.


SAN FRANCISCO — Apple is entrusting the elegant stores that help define its brand to Angela Ahrendts, a respected executive who blended fashion sense with technological savvy to establish Burberry as a mark of luxury and success. By Technology Writer Michael Liedtke.


MIDLAND, Texas — In a faded West Texas town dotted with vacant buildings and potholed streets is a sparkling storefront window and a curious display: rows of diamond-studded Rolex watches, awaiting buyers whose pockets are packed with oil money. The surge in oil drilling has drawn money and men like a magnet to run-down communities that haven't seen a boom since the 1980s. But leaders and residents here are increasingly mindful that the runaway riches tapped by hydraulic fracturing will eventually run out. By Business Writer Linda A. Johnson.


NEW YORK — Coca-Cola reported a higher quarterly profit as the world's biggest beverage maker managed to sell more of its drinks despite choppy economic conditions. By Food Industry Writer Candice Choi. AP Photo.


SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico — The government of Puerto Rico denies it is near bankruptcy or might need U.S. federal intervention, seeking to alleviate concerns among investors about a recent cut in planned bond sales and the island's continuing financial crisis. By Danica Coto.



LOS ANGELES — "Carrie" is going viral. In the latest take on the supernatural coming-of-age story "Carrie," beleaguered high school student Carrie White's torment doesn't just occur within the gym showers or onstage 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. AP Photos.


NEW YORK — Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio has managed to build a respected career as an actress — she shot at Tony Montana in "Scarface" and was a fishing boat captain in "The Perfect Storm" — but mom has always been her preferred role. By Drama Writer Mark Kennedy. AP Photos.


NEW YORK — The duo of Tina Fey and Amy Poehler proved such a success at hosting the Golden Globes in January that they've been signed up for the same job for the next two years. By Television Writer David Bauder. AP Photo.



MIDLAND, Texas — Thanks to hydraulic fracturing, oil towns where the boom days were a distant memory are getting another chance. But leaders and residents here are increasingly mindful that the runaway riches will eventually run out, and they are determined to live by a fondly remembered bumper sticker from the last bust in the 1980s: Please, God, give me another oil boom and I promise not to blow it. To that end, communities are taking steps to ensure they make a soft landing after the latest surge in drilling fades. By Ramit Plushnick-Masti and James MacPherson. AP Photos.


CHICAGO — Doug Sohn has made an art of the traditional Chicago-style hot dog, replete with mustard, onions, pickle relish, dill spear, tomatoes, celery salt and sport peppers. (No ketchup!) But if you stop your order there, you'll miss much of the joy of eating at his Hot Doug's restaurant on the city's northwest side. Because what really draws the crowds — and foodies from afar — is Sohn's menu filled with rare sausages curated to offer up spicy and sweet, ethnic and American, and all served for about $10 or less. By Caryn Rousseau. AP Photos.