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US Congress Averts Government Shutdown, For Now

President Barack Obama has signed a bill that provides a two-day extension of government funding and temporarily averts a partial federal government shutdown. Both houses of Congress approved the heavily fought-over spending measure late Thursday, with just minutes to go before the midnight deadline. The Senate now has until Saturday at midnight to approve a wider spending measure. The Senate is expected follow the lead of the House of Representatives, which on Thursday passed the...

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