U.S. House leader Boehner points to Senate on security funding

/ Feb 26, 2015

U.S. House leader Boehner points to Senate on security funding

U.S. House of Representatives Speaker John Boehner on Wednesday called on counterparts in the Senate to act on legislation to fund the Department of Homeland Security, which could face a partial shutdown unless the congressional funding fight is resolved by Friday. The House is in ...

Jan 28, 2015

Massachusetts nuclear reactor shuts down during snowstorm

A Massachusetts nuclear power plant shut down automatically Tuesday after the blizzard moving through the region interrupted power flow, but there was never any danger to the public, authorities said. The Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station in Plymouth, the state's only nuclear power plant, shut down ...

Dec 24, 2014

Key North Korean websites suffer short outages after shutdown

Key North Korean websites suffered intermittent outages Tuesday after a nearly 10-hour shutdown that followed a U.S. vow to respond to a crippling cyberattack on Sony Pictures that Washington blames on Pyongyang. It wasn't immediately clear what caused the Internet stoppage in one of the ...

Midterm elections carry high stakes for U.S. economy

/ Nov 4, 2014

Midterm elections carry high stakes for U.S. economy

The midterm slugfest for control of the U.S. Senate could have far-reaching effects on the economy. Tuesday's elections come just as U.S. growth has been showing consistent improvement, thanks in part to a congressional truce on budget fights. Previous such fights shut down the government ...

Nov 18, 2013

U.S. shutdown stalled research

When the U.S. government shut down in October, American researchers in the Antarctic lost an entire critical season in the field — and a year of data collection — because they can't get there. Contracts for support personnel were canceled by the shutdown, and it ...

/ Oct 21, 2013

How much did the shutdown cost? Billions


Shutdowns aren't cheap. This year's closure, which ended Thursday, has probably cost the government and the economy billions of dollars, according to economists and policy analysts. Below are some estimates of the financial effects of the 16-day closure, which forced hundreds of thousands of government ...

Senate opens talks on end to shutdown

/ Oct 13, 2013

Senate opens talks on end to shutdown

Senate leaders began negotiations Saturday aimed at reopening federal agencies and avoiding a government default after every other effort to end Congress' impasse crumbled in the previous 48 hours. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and Minority Leader Mitch McConnell took over the talks, which had ...