COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Cleveland kidnapper Ariel Castro's death by hanging in his prison cell may not have been suicide after all but an ill-fated attempt to choke himself for a sexual thrill, authorities said in a report issued Thursday.
WASHINGTON (AP) - House Speaker John Boehner planned to ask fractious Republican lawmakers on Thursday to support a six-week extension of the government's ability to borrow money, even as Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew warned Congress of "irrevocable damage" that an unprecedented federal default would risk.
WASHINGTON (AP) - The Obama administration, scrambling to tamp down a controversy over suspended death benefits for the families of fallen military soldiers, announced Wednesday that a charity would pick up the costs of the payments during the government shutdown.
ONCORD, N.H. (AP) - A temporary increase in food stamps expires Oct. 31, meaning for millions of Americans, the benefits that help put food on the table won't stretch as far as they have for the past four years.
PARTY FOUL: The partial government shutdown has closed an obscure agency that approves new breweries, recipes and labels, which could create huge delays throughout the rapidly growing craft beer industry.
ATHENS, Ga. (AP) - Quarterback Aaron Murray said Tuesday he is spending extra practice time with players promoted from the scout team and No. 7 Georgia tries to compensate for injuries that have forced dramatic changes at wide receiver and tailback.
ATLANTA (AP) - Georgia Tech is investigating reports that a fraternity member wrote an email with instructions for "luring rapebait" at parties with the help of alcohol. The email has been widely circulated on Internet sites.