Shutdown jeopardizes nutrition program for poor

ALLENTOWN, Pa. (AP) — Jacob Quick is a fat and happy 4-month-old with a big and expensive appetite. His mother, like millions of other poor women, relies on the federal Women, Infants and Children program to pay for…

Kennedy says too many disputes left for court

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Justice Anthony Kennedy criticized the ideological gridlock that leaves so many divisive issues to the Supreme Court, saying a “functioning democracy” would resolve them in the political arena. “Any society that relies on nine unelected…

Bills RBs Spiller, Jackson to face Browns

CLEVELAND (AP) — Buffalo running backs C.J. Spiller and Fred Jackson will both play Thursday night against the Browns after being slowed by injuries. Jackson, who leads the Bills with 256 rushing yards and two touchdowns, sprained his…

60 possible new species found in Suriname forest

KINGSTON, Jamaica (AP) — Braving perilous river rapids in Suriname’s rainforest, international scientists found six frogs and 11 fish that are among 60 creatures that may be new species, a tropical ecologist with a U.S.-based conservation group said…

Del Rio declines to address USC rumors

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) — Jack Del Rio only wanted to talk about the Cowboys, not the Trojans. In his first for-the-record comments since his name’s been bandied about as a possible replacement for Lane Kiffin at USC, Del…

Photographer at RFK assassination dies in Conn.

DANBURY, Conn. (AP) — Photojournalist Bill Eppridge, whose career included capturing images of a mortally wounded Robert F. Kennedy, has died at age 75. He died Thursday at a Danbury hospital after a brief illness, said his wife,…

Online poker thriller ‘Runner’ quickly politicized

LAS VEGAS (AP) — The thriller “Runner Runner” starring Justin Timberlake and Ben Affleck hasn’t even opened yet, but it’s already in the center of the fight over online gambling regulation. The American Gambling Association has bought ads…

Timeline: Congress’ path to federal shutdown

A look at the legislative twists and turns in Congress’ battle over the partial government shutdown and the entwined Republican effort to curtail President Barack Obama’s health care law: Sept. 20: With a potential government shutdown 11 days…

Woman who quit job in video offered new position

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — A University of Missouri graduate whose dance video announcing she was quitting her job was offered another employment opportunity during a taped appearance on a daytime TV talk show. On her talk show…

Mississippi football players disrupt campus play

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — A University of Mississippi professor says that a group of Ole Miss students, including football players, disrupted a production of a campus play with “hate speech” on Tuesday night. Michael Barnett, the assistant theatre…