By Tom Cohen. Ben Brumfield and Greg Botelho, CNN
updated 8:38 AM EDT, Wed October 16, 2013Washington (CNN) -- The U.S. government taps out its credit cards at midnight, and there is no deal yet in Washington.
The wearyingly difficult process of trying to make a deal resumes Wednesday, as the government enters day 16 of the partial shutdown.
Legislators dropped hints on their way home Tuesday that Senate leaders will present a deal to raise the debt ceiling and reopen the partially shuttered government.
And a Republican member of the House of Representatives is holding out hope that Speaker John Boehner could break with a Republican tradition to put that deal on a fast track.
"I believe that John Boehner will likely be in a position, where he will have to essentially pass the bill that is negotiated between Sens. (Mitch) McConnell and (Harry) Reid," said Republican Rep. Charlie Dent of Pennsylvania.
What happens next?
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By Jethro Mullen, CNN
updated 9:34 AM EDT, Thu August 29, 2013
(CNN) -- The people of Colcord, Oklahoma, might need something a little stronger than Brita filters to remove the impurities from their drinking water.
Blood worms -- small, red insect larvae -- have been appearing in water glasses and filters in the rural town.
Authorities have warned Colcord's 800 residents not to drink, cook with or brush their teeth with the worm-infested tap water.
Schools in the area have been closed since Tuesday as officials try to figure out where the bright-red creatures came from and how long it will take to get rid of them.
There are no known health effects from the worms, which range from about a quarter to a half inch in length. But local officials aren't taking any chances, hand-delivering letters to residents warning them to stick to bottled water for the time being.
The Oklahoma Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) is investigating the cause of the outbreak but isn't yet able to say when the water will be safe to drink again, said spokeswoman Erin Hatfield.
Blood worms, also known as red worms, are found in the southeastern United States, but not usually in Oklahoma.
The environmental quality department has only recorded one other such infestation in the state, Hatfield said: in the town of Drumright, 108 miles away, more than 20 years ago.
For the people of Colcord, about 75 miles east of Tulsa, the blood worm invasion that was first detected Monday can't end soon enough.
Staff at CJ's Country Corner, a local gas station and convenience store, told CNN affiliate KJRH that business was much slower than usual, largely because of the school closure. They're also unable to serve coffee or sodas from the fountain, they said.
Colcord's water commissioner, Cody Gibby, is scratching his head over how the worms, the larvae of midges, got through the town's water-filtering defenses.
"It's not just a little 6-inch filter, it's 6 foot of coal and sand mixed together that not even a hair can get through," he told KJRH. "And these worms are getting through it and getting into our distribution water."
And his verdict of the presence of the little red invaders in the tap water?
CNN's Joe Sutton and Dorrine Mendoza contributed to this report.
The new $100 goes into circulation on Oct. 8.NEW YORK (CNNMoney)
For only the fourth time in history, there will be a new $100 bill.After a three-year delay due to slower-than-expected production, Americans will finally have an improved, high-tech $100 bill for their wallets, the Federal Reserve said Wednesday.
The bill is set to debut on Oct. 8.
What's so special about the new greenback? To start, the Fed says the the bill is a culmination of a decade-long research and design process.
Related: The new squiggly signature on your dollar bill
The note features a series of amped-up security measures aimed at combating counterfeiters, including a blue, 3-D security ribbon on the front of the bill that moves when the note is tilted back and forth and side to side.
The inkwell and bell on the front of the bill and the number 100 on the right-hand corner also change from copper to green when the note is tilted.
This is the fourth time the $100 bill has been redesigned, according to a Fed spokeswoman. It has been revamped three times in the last 20 years alone, as the Fed had to react more often to improved counterfeiting technology.
The design was first unveiled in 2010 and was meant to go into circulation in Feb. 2011. http://money.cnn.com/2013/04/24/news/economy/new-100-dollar-bill/
First Published: April 24, 2013: 3:38 PM ET
(CNN) -- A body with a self-inflicted gunshot wound was found along with a bag of bombs in a dormitory room at the University of Central Florida early Monday, prompting officials to cancel classes at the main Orlando campus until at least noon, a school spokesman said.
Police made the discovery shortly after 12:20 a.m., after a fire alarm sounded at the Tower 1 dorm and someone called 911 about a person with a gun there, school spokesman Grant Heston said on CNN's "Starting Point with Soledad O'Brien." Officers entered the dorm and found a male dead of a self-inflicted gunshot wound in a bedroom, Heston said.
Police also found a handgun, an assault weapon and a bag of improvised explosive devices in the room, Heston said.
The Orange County Sheriff's Office and the FBI are assisting the UCF Police Department with the investigation. The Sheriff's Office's bomb squad is on campus to examine the IEDs found at the scene, UCF said.
Heston didn't say whether the dead person was a student, nor did he release a name.
The dorm, home to about 500 students, was evacuated.
"The safety of our students in Tower 1 and our entire campus community is our top priority," UCF Police Chief Richard Beary said.
UCF said it was providing the evacuated students counseling and food at the university's Veterans Academic Resource Center.
The parking garage closest to Tower 1 was initially closed off, but the university reopened it around 9 a.m.
UCF has more than 59,000 students at its main campus and 10 regional campuses, according to the school.
CNN's Marlena Baldacci contributed to this report.
By Joe Sutton and Ed Payne, CNN
updated 1:42 AM EDT, Wed March 13, 2013(CNN) -- Two days after he was pulled from the bottom of a swimming pool at a Disney resort in Florida, a 13-year-old boy from Missouri has died.
Anthony Johnson died Tuesday morning, according to the Orange County Sheriff's office. No cause of death was given.
"We are saddened by Anthony Johnson's passing and our hearts go out to his family, friends and loved ones," a statement from Disney said. "We have reached out to his family to offer care and assistance during this difficult time."
The boy was swimming at Disney's Pop Century Resort pool on Sunday evening with family members and other guests when he was spotted in about 4 feet of water by a cousin, who pulled him out, sheriff's deputies told CNN affiliate WKMG-TV. Lifeguards were not on duty at the time of the incident.
Buffalo, New York, firefighter William Cybulski said he gave CPR to the boy.
"You never want to see something like that especially when you're on vacation, or any child in general no matter where you are," he said in an interview with WKMG.
Cybulski's girlfriend, Crystal Loschiavo, told the affiliate she did her best to keep the family calm, including Johnson's brother.
"The little boy was really upset that it was his brother," Loschiavo said. "He kept saying 'this is my only brother, this is my only brother. I don't want anything to happen to him.'"
The Pop Century Resort is located in the ESPN Wide World of Sports complex in Lake Buena Vista, near Orlando.
It celebrates the "unforgettable fads of the 1950s through the 1990s," by saluting the "timeless fashions, catch phrases, toys and dances that captivated the world through the decades," the Disney website says.
CNN's Marylynn Ryan contributed to this report
January 8, 2013
CNN and the gun grabbing media are now calling for Alex Jones to be shot the day after his heated appearance with Piers Morgan.
In a segment on Piers Morgan’s CNN program, sports columnist for the Daily Beast, Buzz Bissinger, shockingly states:
“I don’t care what the justification is that you’re allowed in this country to own a semi-automatic weapon – much less a handgun. But what do you need a semi-automatic weapon for? The only reason I think you’d need it is, Piers, challenge Alex Jones to a boxing match, show up with a semi-automatic that you got legally and pop him.”
The other guests laugh and say they’d like to see it. Without a doubt, this amounts to a veiled threat.
Earlier in the episode, another guest expressed hope that Alex Jones’ children would not be killed, which Jones’ says terrorized his children and family as they watched on from home.
Abby Huntsman (Huffington Post) : “I’d love to see that… [laughter] in uniform.”
Piers Morgan: “I’ll borrow my brothers uniform.”
Published on Jan 7, 2013
Alex Jones Piers Morgan EXPLOSIVE Interview Part 1 Video
Tonight Piers Morgan sat down with the creator of a White House petition to get him deported from the United States. Alex Jones was fired up throughout the entire interview, launching into a series of loud tirades against Morgan and gun control every few seconds. Every time Morgan tried to ask a question, Jones continued to pile through with his arguments.
Jones said the point of the petition was to bring attention to the fact that United States has a bunch of foreigners bragging about taking away the guns of Americans while the gov't amasses more weapons for themselves. He said that the Second Amendment isn't for "duck-hunting," it's to protect us from "tyrannical government." He raised his voice to declare to Morgan, "1776 will commence again if you try to take our firearms!"
Morgan attempted to explain that the United States has significantly more gun murders than England, but Jones dismissed the argument outright. He called England a "police state," telling Morgan he "fled" to the United States, going so far as to call Morgan a "hatchet man of the New World Order."
part 2 below
-- An interactive map
showing the names and addresses of all handgun permit-holders in New York's Westchester and Rockland counties has drawn a response from mostly disgruntled readers since it was posted Saturday on a newspaper's website.
The interactive map published by the Journal News, prompting more than 1,300 comments as of Tuesday, allows readers to zoom in on red dots that indicate which residents are licensed to own pistols or revolvers.
"So should we start wearing yellow Stars of David so the general public can be aware of who we are??" wrote one commenter. Opinion: Guns endanger more than they protect
Some of those responding threatened to cancel their subscriptions or boycott the publication completely.
"I hope you lose readers now," wrote one.
The map came about in the wake of the massacre in Newtown, Connecticut, according to a statement from The Journal News.
"In the past week, conversation on our opinion pages and on our website, LoHud.com
, has been keenly focused on gun control," the newspaper's editor and vice president, CynDee Royle, said in the statement.
The names and addresses of the two counties' permit-holding residents were obtained through the Freedom of Information Act. The website notes that the map does not indicate whether the residents own handguns, only that they are legally able to, and that the data do not pertain to rifles or shotguns -- which can be bought without a permit. NRA doubles down: New gun laws won't work
Still, hundreds of residents were shocked to see their information posted without their being notified. Some said the map will prompt burglaries because thieves are now aware of where weapons are likely located.
"Now everyone knows where the legal guns are kept, a valuable piece of information for criminals," a commenter wrote. "Why don't you do something helpful, like trying to find out where the illegal guns are kept?"
The Journal News argued that residents have a right to access information regarding weapon holders in Westchester and Rockland communities.
"Our readers are understandably interested to know about guns in their neighborhoods," Royle said in her statement.The great divide: Little common ground with pro and anti-gun forces