JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — The federal government shutdown that has idled hundreds of thousands of workers is starting to have ripple effects in states. About a dozen states already have furloughed hundreds of employees whose paychecks depend on federal money. And state officials say thousands more employees could be furloughed if the federal budget stalemate isn't resolved this month.
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korea is refusing to sign a non-aggression pact that Secretary of State John Kerry offered last week on condition of denuclearization. North's Korea's National Defence (correct) Commission says the U.S. should stop sanctions meant to punish the North for its February nuclear test and U.S. provocations including military exercises on the Korean Peninsula.
TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey's state Supreme Court has agreed to consider whether to legalize same-sex nuptials. Lawmakers passed a same-sex marriage bill last year, but Republican Gov. Chris Christie vetoed it. Lawmakers have until Jan. 14 to override the veto, and gay rights advocates are hoping the state supreme court's decision will prompt quick legislative action.
SANFORD, Fla. (AP) — A Florida attorney has been found guilty of helping establish a $300 million gambling operation that masqueraded as a veterans' charity. Kelly Mathis was convicted Friday of 103 counts against him, including helping operate a lottery and racketeering. He's the first of 57 defendants to go to trial. He's free on bond until his sentencing in February.
ORANGE BEACH, Ala. (AP) — You can find shelter from the storm at Alabama's Romar Beach Baptist Church — even in a hurricane. The church in Orange Beach, Ala., has been built to withstand a Category 5 hurricane with winds of 157 mph and higher. So the Rev. Paul Smith didn't even consider canceling worship services last week when the remnants of Tropical Storm Karen plowed through the Gulf of Mexico. In fact, the church was nearly full.
Created: Sat, 12 Oct 2013 03:16:53 EST
Updated: Sat, 12 Oct 2013 03:16:53 EST