Wednesday, December 4 2013 9:21 AM EST2013-12-04 14:21:34 GMT
(CNN/WKRN) - It was supposed to be a lesson in social media and online use. An educator posted a picture on the internet to show her student's how quickly what you put online can spread across the worldMore >>
It was supposed to be a lesson in social media and online use. An educator posted a picture on the internet to show her student's how quickly what you put online can spread across the world wide web. Little did she know her lesson would go viral.More >>
Tuesday, December 3 2013 3:14 PM EST2013-12-03 20:14:19 GMT
(CBS) - Americans took to their computers by the millions on Cyber Monday and went shopping. Early indications are that online sales were up more than 17% from 2012 on what was expected to be the busiestMore >>
Americans took to their computers by the millions on Cyber Monday and went shopping. Early indications are that online sales were up more than 17% from 2012 on what was expected to be the busiest online shopping day of the year.
Monday, December 2 2013 10:26 AM EST2013-12-02 15:26:46 GMT
(CNN) - The holidays are officially here, and that means your credit cards are likely getting warmed up for the month of gift-giving to come. But if you're going to pass your plastic over the internetMore >>
The holidays are officially here, and that means your credit cards are likely getting warmed up for the month of gift-giving to come. But if you're going to pass your plastic over the internet during cyber week, you'll want to be careful to keep the identity thieves away.More >>
Friday, November 29 2013 4:09 PM EST2013-11-29 21:09:12 GMT
(CNN/WFAA) - A U.S. Marine is working to bring smiles to the faces of sick children, one perfectly decorated room at a time. The terrible twos aren't so terrible inside the Perry home. They're a gift. "She'sMore >>
A U.S. Marine is working to bring smiles to the faces of sick children, one perfectly decorated room at a time.More >>
Wednesday, November 27 2013 4:29 PM EST2013-11-27 21:29:35 GMT
(CNN) - Thanksgiving is almost here. As a host, you may feel organized now, but the moment family descends and chaos ensues, all that organization often goes right out the door. And with it, your sanity.More >>
Thanksgiving is almost here. As a host, you may feel organized now, but the moment family descends and chaos ensues, all that organization often goes right out the door.
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Tuesday, November 26 2013 9:48 AM EST2013-11-26 14:48:15 GMT
(CBS) - It might be time to toss the old sweat pants. Workout clothes for women are now a $30 plus billion dollar a year business. That's up 7 percent over last year. Yoga pants, and sports bras haveMore >>
It might be time to toss the old sweat pants. Workout clothes for women are now a $30 plus billion dollar a year business. That's up 7 percent over last year.More >>
Monday, November 25 2013 10:40 AM EST2013-11-25 15:40:21 GMT
(CNN/WDRB) - When you were a kid, maybe you were pretty handy with an Etch A Sketch, but maybe not as good as an artist in Louisville. A woman's work with a children's toy is drawing even more attentionMore >>
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Thursday, November 21 2013 10:45 AM EST2013-11-21 15:45:27 GMT
(CNN) - Beginning next year, Abercrombie & Fitch will offer plus sizes in its women's clothing line. Currently, the retailer does not carry women's sizes above a 10. The shift comes as sales and profitMore >>
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Wednesday, November 20 2013 10:41 AM EST2013-11-20 15:41:52 GMT
(CNN) - Big changes in the technology world. A growing number of women are getting hired. In the past year, the tech industry brought on 60-thousand new workers and 36,000 are women. That's about 60%.More >>
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Tuesday, November 19 2013 10:16 AM EST2013-11-19 15:16:29 GMT
(CBS) - Google is paying a $17 million dollar fine to settle a privacy case involving people who used Safari web browsers in 2011 and 2012. A loophole allowed Google's Double-Clik adverting networkMore >>
Google is paying a $17 million dollar fine to settle a privacy case involving people who used Safari web browsers in 2011 and 2012 and BMW unveils its next Mini.More >>
Federal workers can return to work Thursday morning
Most House Republicans vote against the budget bill, but it still passes
The U.S. is now funded through January 15; the debt cushion is extended through February 7
Since 2001, the country's debt limit has been raised 13 times
By Holly Yan, Tom Cohen and Greg Botelho
After all the bickering and grandstanding, the billions lost and trust squandered, it was much ado about nothing.
The partial government shutdown's finally over. The debt ceiling debacle has been averted. Obamacare remains virtually unscathed.
The hardline House Republicans, whose opposition to the President's signature healthcare law set this all in motion, got pretty much zip -- except maybe their reputations marred.
"To say we as Republicans left a lot on the table would be one of the biggest understatements in American political history," Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina tweeted.
But it's all temporary -- the cliched kicking of the can. In a few months, Congress will come back to fight the same battles.
For now, though, thousands of furloughed federal workers will return to work Thursday, the U.S. can pay its bills, and an economic superpower can again boast a functioning government.
Pundits will conduct a post-mortem of the bitter stalemate. And the public will look ahead to what's next.
Everything came together Wednesday on a frenzied night of deadline deals. Lawmakers toiled through the night, coming precariously close to hitting the midnight debt ceiling deadline.
The Senate brokered a bill to end the 16-day-long shutdown and raise the debt limit. The GOP-led House passed it. And early Thursday morning, President Barack Obama signed it into law.
But it wasn't Republicans who made it happen; a majority of that party's caucus actually voted against the measure. The bill passed 285-144, with overwhelming Democratic support and the approval of about 80 House Republicans.
Had Congress not approved a debt limit increase, the government would have started running out of money to pay its bills. Social Security checks and veterans' benefits could have stopped. The markets could have gone into a tailspin.
And now that Congress has approved a temporary spending plan, the government can re-emerge from its partial shutdown. More than 800,000 furloughed employees can start coming back to work. More than 1 million others who've been working without pay will see paychecks again.
Federal workers should expect to return to work Thursday morning, the Office of Management and Budget said.
A temporary bandage
The country will now be funded through January 15, and the debt cushion has been extended through February 7.
But there are clues the country will go through this mess again.
The bill that passed Wednesday night doesn't address many of the contentious and complicated issues that continue to divide Democrats and Republicans, such as changes to entitlement programs to tax reform.
"We think that we'll be back here in January debating the same issues," John Chambers, managing director of Standard and Poor's rating service, told CNN on Wednesday night. "This is, I fear, a permanent feature of our budgetary process."
For what it's worth, the heads of the Senate and House budget committees -- Democratic Sen. Patty Murray of Washington and GOP Rep. Paul Ryan of Wisconsin -- will meet Thursday to try to tackle these budget divides. They'll head budget negotiations intended to come up with a broader spending plan for the rest of fiscal year 2014, which ends on September 30.
But Obama said he's not in the mood for more of the same, saying politicians have to "get out of the habit of governing by crisis."
"Hopefully, next time, it will not be in the 11th hour," he told reporters, calling for both parties to work together on a budget, immigration reform and other issues.
A $24 billion battle
The partial government shutdown that lasted 16 days has come at a steep cost. Standard and Poor's estimated it took a $24 billion bite out of the economy.
Then there's the impact it had on politicians' image. If there's one thing polls showed Americans agreed on, it's that they don't trust Congress -- with Republicans bearing more blame than anyone else for what transpired.
Both sides kept talking past each other, with Republicans insisting for a time that defunding, delaying or otherwise altering Obamacare must be part of any final deal. Democrats, meanwhile, stood firm in insisting they'd negotiate -- but only after the passage of a spending bill and legislation to raise the debt without anti-Obamacare add-ons.
In the end, Democrats largely got what they wanted after some last-minute talks by Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and Minority Leader Mitch McConnell.
Reid hailed the agreement he worked out with McConnell as "historic," saying that "in the end, political adversaries put aside their differences."
McConnell said any upcoming spending deal should adhere to caps set in a 2011 law that included forced cuts known as sequestration.
"Preserving this law is critically important to the future of our country," McConnell said of the Budget Control Act, which resulted from the previous debt ceiling crisis in Washington.
Republicans did get a small Obamacare concession: requiring the government to confirm the eligibility of people receiving federal subsidies under the health care program.
While some Republicans, such as tea party favorite Sen. Ted Cruz, claimed moral victories in energizing their movement, House Speaker John Boehner didn't even pretend his side came out victorious.
"We fought the good fight; we just didn't win," Boehner told a radio station in his home state of Ohio.
Cruz, despite being in the Senate, is credited with spearheading the House Republican effort to attach amendments that would dismantle or defund Obamacare.
All were rejected by the Democratic-led Senate, and Obama also pledged to veto them, meaning there was virtually no chance they ever would have succeeded.
Republican Sen. Kelly Ayotte of New Hampshire called the House GOP tactic of tying Obamacare to the shutdown legislation "an ill-conceived strategy from the beginning, not a winning strategy."
Markets mixed after agreement
Wall Street sighed with relief. U.S. stocks rose Wednesday on the news of an agreement. The benchmark Dow Jones Industrial Average jumped more than 200 points on the day.
But world markets had a tepid reaction Thursday, with markets mixed in Asia.
"The U.S. is the largest economic power in the world, it's not just about its own interest, but also affects the world economic stability," the Chinese foreign ministry said. "China welcomes the progress and development of resolving the matter."
The Senate's Democratic leader said he never wants to go through the recent turmoil ever again.
"Let's be honest: This was pain inflicted on our nation for no good reason, and we cannot make -- we cannot, cannot make -- the same mistake again," Reid said Wednesday.
But former House Speaker Newt Gingrich predicts tea party and staunch conservatives in the GOP will be more energized after not getting the anti-Obamacare amendments they wanted.
"They will be more embittered, more angry. They will find more ways to go after Obama because they can't find any way to get him to negotiate," he said, adding that he expects Obamacare to become the defining issue of the next two elections cycles.
As Obama walked away from a press conference Wednesday night, he was asked whether he thought America would be going through this brouhaha again in a few months.
His answer: "No."
CNN's Brianna Keilar, Deirdre Walsh, Dana Bash, Erin McPike, Steve Brusk, Eliott C. McLaughlin, Paul Steinhauser, Ashley Killough, Craig Broffman, Jim Acosta, Mark Preston and Dan Merica contributed to this report.
Wednesday, December 4 2013 10:31 AM EST2013-12-04 15:31:39 GMT
FROM THE NACOGDOCHES COUNTY SHERIFF'S DEPARTMENT: GARRISON (KYTX) - The Nacogdoches County Sheriff Office has arrested two Rusk county men on charges of aggravated robbery. The Sheriff Office has beenMore >>
The Nacogdoches County Sheriff Office has arrested two Rusk county men on charges of aggravated robbery. The men have been identified as 22 year old Gakavion Bagley and 22 year old Jaquae Fobbs.More >>
Wednesday, December 4 2013 9:29 AM EST2013-12-04 14:29:25 GMT
(CNN) - Accused LAX Airport shooter Paul Ciancia will make his first court appearance today. The 23 year old is charged with killing one TSA Agent and wounding two others in a brazen attack last month.More >>
Accused LAX Airport shooter Paul Ciancia will make his first court appearance today. The 23 year old is charged with killing one TSA Agent and wounding two others in a brazen attack last month.More >>
Tuesday, December 3 2013 7:46 PM EST2013-12-04 00:46:47 GMT
FROM HARRISON COUNTY SHERIFF'S DEPARTMENT HARRISON COUNTY (KYTX) - A Harrison County man is behind bars for trying to burn his step-mother. Harrison County 911 operators received a call just afterMore >>
A Harrison County man is behind bars after he hits his stepmother and then sets her house on fire. Harrison County 911 operators received a call just after 4 Monday afternoon, calling for fire and police to respond to an address in the 3600 block of FM 2208.More >>
Wednesday, December 4 2013 11:23 AM EST2013-12-04 16:23:10 GMT
(CBS NEWS) - It's not easy to get a bottle of Pappy Van Winkle bourbon and now, whiskey fans will find it's even harder after a recent burglary. In October, 195 bottles of the Kentucky-made spirit wentMore >>
It's not easy to get a bottle of Pappy Van Winkle bourbon and now, whiskey fans will find it's even harder after a recent burglary.More >>
Wednesday, December 4 2013 9:51 AM EST2013-12-04 14:51:15 GMT
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Christine Gardner has two special recipes to create as great holiday gifts!More >>
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