White House impasse strategy
WASHINGTON (AP) — The government shutdown and next week's deadline for raising the nation's borrowing limit continue to occupy most of the White House schedule.
President Barack Obama on Friday met with busloads of Republican Senators.
Later he spoke by phone with House Speaker John Boehner.
The White House says Obama also held conference calls with governors and business leaders.
He is said to have told them that he's willing to negotiate but won't do so under threats to the economy.
NEW: Federal shutdown staring to ripple through states
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — The federal government shutdown that has idled hundreds of thousands of workers is starting to have ripple effects in states.
Across the nation, around a dozen states already have furloughed hundreds of employees whose paychecks depend on federal money. State officials say thousands of additional employees could be furloughed if the federal budget stalemate isn't resolved this month.
Many of the furloughs have affected state workers who help determine whether people are eligible for disability benefits through Social Security. Others affected include workplace safety inspectors and civilian employees for state National Guard bureaus.
Some states have avoided furloughs by storing up federal money or dipping into state funds. But state officials say that is only a temporary solution.
SHUTDOWN-STATUE OF LIBERTY
NY state, feds agree to reopen Statue of Liberty
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Furloughed Lady Liberty will go back to work this weekend despite the ongoing government shutdown.
New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo and the National Park Service have reached an agreement to reopen the Statue of Liberty.
The state will have to pay about $61,600 daily in operating costs. Local businesses have complained the shutdown has stifled sales and forced layoffs as tourists have been turned away.
CHARITY GAMBLING SCANDAL
NEW: Attorney in Fla. gambling scheme found guilty
SANFORD, Fla. (AP) — A Florida attorney who claims he only was giving legal advice has been convicted of helping establish a $300 million gambling operation that masqueraded as a veterans' charity.
Six jurors deliberated for more than 14 hours over two days before finding Kelly Mathis of Jacksonville guilty of possessing slot machines, helping to operate a lottery and racketeering. He was found guilty Friday on all but one of 104 counts against him.
The arrest of Mathis and his co-defendants earlier this year led to the resignation of Florida's lieutenant governor and a ban on so-called Internet cafes in Florida.
Mathis said he was "shocked" as he walked out of the courtroom.
NY GUN SHOW
Giffords to attend gun show under NY sales model
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Former U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, who survived an assassination attempt in 2011, is set to tour a gun show in upstate New York. It'll be the first one she has visited since she was shot.
She plans to highlight a voluntary agreement that closely monitors gun show sales in New York.
Giffords and husband Mark Kelly, a former combat pilot and astronaut, will tour the Saratoga Springs Arms Fair on Sunday with New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman (SHNEYE'-dur-muhn).
Schneiderman had worked with all 35 gun show operators in New York to adopt stringent new rules to track sales. Schneiderman also has a staff member at each gun show to work with operators to monitor compliance with the state's new gun control law.
Truck, train collide in WVa.; 1 dead, 23 hurt
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A collision in eastern West Virginia between a logging truck and a sightseeing train has left one person dead and 23 injured.
The train was carrying more than 60 passengers on a fall foliage tour.
The truck's driver was killed and two of the train's passenger cars flipped on their sides.
The accident happened in the Appalachian region, about 160 miles east of Charleston.
YOUTH RANCH-MISSING KIDS
NEW: State police search for teens from youth ranch
HILLSBORO, N.M. (AP) — Authorities in New Mexico are searching for nine teens reported missing from a ranch for troubled youth.
State police say they served a search warrant at the Tierra Blanca High Country Youth Program in Sierra County as part of an investigation of abuse.
But the teens weren't at the 30,000-acre compound.
Authorities are calling program operator Scott Chandler, who's also missing, a person of interest in the case.
Jupiter-bound craft running normally again
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Scientists say NASA's Jupiter-bound spacecraft that looped around Earth to catapult to the outer solar system, is operating normally again.
The Southwest Research Institute, which leads the mission's science operations, said Friday that Juno is out of "safe mode." That's a state a spacecraft is programmed to go into when it senses something is wrong.
Juno hit a snag earlier this week after it flew past Earth to increase its speed to barrel beyond the asteroid belt to Jupiter.
Despite the problem, scientists say Juno is on target to slip into orbit around Jupiter. It's expected to arrive in 2016.
Juno was launched in 2011 and flew beyond the orbit of Earth's closest planetary neighbor, Mars, before looping back toward our home planet for a quick visit.
Wind, rain, sea pound India as large cyclone nears
BHUBANESHWAR, India (AP) — Strong winds and heavy rains are pounding India's eastern coastline, as authorities rush to move tens of thousands of people away from a massive, powerful cyclone expected to reach land in a few hours.
Meteorologists are holding out some hope that the storm might hit while in a temporary weakened state, but no matter what, it will be large and deadly.
NEW: Hurricane-proof church unbowed on Gulf coast
ORANGE BEACH, Ala. (AP) — God is a mighty fortress, the old hymn goes, and the same could be said for Romar Beach Baptist Church.
With concrete walls more than a foot thick and pilings driven deep into bedrock, the waterfront church just yards from the Gulf of Mexico is built to withstand a Category 5 hurricane with winds of 157 mph and higher.
Rev. Paul Smith didn't even consider canceling worship services last week when the remnants of Tropical Storm Karen were plowing through the Gulf of Mexico just off the horizon. Instead, he baptized a visitor in the Gulf after a 9 a.m. service, which was nearly full.
Created: Sat, 12 Oct 2013 03:16:51 EST
Updated: Sat, 12 Oct 2013 03:16:51 EST