GOP unity frays as shutdown grows near

A conservative challenge to the president’s health care law has the federal government teetering on the brink of a partial shutdown.

2 ex-leaders convicted of swindling Indian state

PATNA, India (AP) — Two former chief ministers of an Indian state were convicted Monday of embezzling millions of dollars in the 1990s with bogus bills for cattle feed. The verdict in the 15-year-old “fodder scam” case could…

IKEA starts selling solar panels for homes

STOCKHOLM (AP) — Swedish flat-pack furniture giant IKEA will start selling residential solar panels at its stores in Britain, the first step in its plan to bring renewable energy to the mainstream market worldwide. The company will start…

UK boat company suspends service after blaze

LONDON (AP) — A British tour boat company has suspended its boat trips on the River Thames after a dangerous fire onboard one of its vessels forced the rescue of some 30 people. London Duck Boat Tour said…

NYC inmate almost as costly as Ivy League tuition

NEW YORK (AP) — New York is indeed an expensive place, but experts say that alone doesn’t explain a recent report that found the city’s annual cost per inmate was $167,731 last year — nearly as much as…

Stars come out for Timberlake at iTunes festival

LONDON (AP) — A host of stars turned out to experience Justin Timberlake’s headline gig at the iTunes Festival in London. The Grammy-winning singer Adele, actors Benedict Cumberbatch and Elizabeth McGovern were among the audience at London’s Roundhouse…