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Senate Advances Bill to Keep US Government Open

A bill to keep the U.S. government funded for several months cleared a key Senate hurdle late Monday, boosting chances that a federal shutdown can be avoided and sidelining a pitched battle over abortion in the chamber.   A majority of  Republicans joined a unified Democratic caucus to advance a bill that extends all federal funding into December. Unlike previous measures blocked in the Senate, this bill includes funds for Planned Parenthood, the nation’s leading provider of...

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