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Weeklong budget extension possible, source says: Budget negotiators are working on a proposal to keep the federal government open for another week while Democratic and Republican leaders put together a broader deal, a senior Republican close to the talks told CNN Friday night.
10 things that could ruin your day if the government shuts down: The list of collateral effects of a potential government shutdown keeps growing and people are none too pleased about it. Here are just a few of the negative impacts that could arise if Congress and the White House fail to reach an agreement on the budget.
'Do you know who I am?' Iverson asks police: Former NBA star Allen Iverson launched an expletive-ridden tirade against police when a car belonging to him was pulled over for a traffic violation last week, at one point telling the officer, "Take the vehicle, I have 10 more," according to a police report.
Budget showdown live blog: The latest developments in Washington as the deadline looms for a government shutdown.
Did female voters send Pia home on 'Idol?' It would be so easy to blame the teenage girls. The "American Idol" studio audience was full of them. They rushed the stage Wednesday night after contestant Scotty McCreery sang an Elvis Presley song to hug him and tug on his clothes. But were the teen female fans, with their faster-than-lightning voting fingers, to blame for the shockingly early ouster of front-runner Pia Toscano on Thursday night?