A fourth consecutive day of talks at the White House for a deal to raise the debt ceiling by Aug. 2 ended abruptly Wednesday night, with President Obama walking out on a meeting with congressional leaders. That was hours after the credit-ratings agency Moody's threatened to cut the U.S. credit rating, warning of an increased risk of a government debt default.
Meanwhile, GOP congressional leaders in particular are increasingly at odds with members of their own party in the debt-ceiling debate.
Moody's Investor Services is putting the United States' top-notch credit rating under review for a possible downgrade. The credit ratings agency's action comes as lawmakers continue talks on how to raise the U.S. debt ceiling. Robert Siegel talks to NPR's Jim Zarroli.
Baseball pitching star Roger Clemens, winner of a record seven Cy Young awards, sat silently in federal court on Wednesday, as his trial opened on charges of perjury and obstruction of Congress — charges that carry a maximum penalty of 30 years in prison.
Clemens remained expressionless as the prosecutor, Assistant U.S. Attorney Steven Durham, told the jury that the government had physical proof that the 48-year-old one-time pitching ace had been repeatedly injected with anabolic steroids and human growth hormone.
As the clock ticks down to the Aug. 2 deadline to raise the debt ceiling, Moody's Investor Service became the first of the big-three rating agencies to put the United States' Aaa credit rating on review for possible downgrade.
Lawyers delivered their opening arguments in the trial of former Major League Baseball pitcher Roger Clemens. Prosecutors told the jury that the government had needles and cotton swabs that had Clemens' DNA and anabolic steroids, while the defense said the evidence was faked.
NPR's Nina Totenberg summed up the first day of the case for our Newscast unit like this:
About 20 percent of Army personnel report problem drinking. The number is statistically similar to the civilian population, but a recent study by the Department of Defense finds that binge drinking is increasing among the ranks.
In response, the Army has been testing a new program to reach out to soldiers in need of help by offering a confidential treatment option.
Hours after the U.S. team beat France to return to the Women's World Cup final for the first time since 1999, Japan beat Sweden, 3-1, in their semifinal match. The victory sets up the first game between the American women and the Japanese women in the 2011 tournament.
Sunday's title game is scheduled to begin at 2:45 p.m., ET.
After Sept. 11, there were widespread reports that public safety agencies responding to the attacks on the World Trade Center had trouble talking to one another. The problem: incompatible radios.
It was a common challenge among public service agencies nationwide. Different first responders had different radios operating on different frequencies. Billions of dollars later, federal, state and local governments have largely solved that challenge.
But many first responders still lack access to the kind of technology that many Americans carry on their waistbands or bags.