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Obama visits New York...Cruz in Iowa...Japanese earthquake

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Updated: Sat, 26 Oct 2013 12:17:42 EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Appearing at a special high-tech school in Brooklyn, President Barack Obama has urged Congress to hammer out a spending deal that puts more money into education. Obama told a crowd at the Pathways in Technology Early College High School, he's tired of hearing the "same old stuff" from GOP critics obsessed with cutting spending. Later, he attended a fundraiser for House Democrats. DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Texas Sen. Ted Cruz has told influential Iowa Republicans that the partial government shutdown he help precipitate was a success. Cruz, speaking at the state GOP's annual fundraising dinner in Des Moines, said the shutdown got people talking about the health care reform law, which he called a disaster and a train wreck. TOKYO (AP) — An early Saturday earthquake has struck off the coast of Japan's crippled a nuclear power plant and triggered small tsunamis but caused no damage. The quake had a magnitude of 7.3. An earthquake official with the Japan Meteorological Agency said the quake was an aftershock of the magnitude 9.0 quake and tsunami that struck the same area in 2011, killing about 19,000 people and devastating the Fukushima Dai-Ichi nuclear power plant. NEW YORK (AP) — New York police say three children are dead, including a 4-month-old baby, after a fire broke out in a Bronx apartment building a few blocks from Yankee Stadium. Police said the three children, all boys, were ages 2, 5, and 4-months old. A 25-year-old woman and two other children were treated for smoke inhalation. NEW YORK (AP) — A fire at the Macy's flagship store in New York City is out. The two-alarm blaze broke Friday night in the basement of the iconic department store on 34th Street in Manhattan. The building was evacuated. No one was injured. A fire department spokesman said sprinklers kept the fire from spreading.

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