WASHINGTON -- The struggle in Washington over whether to renew expired jobless benefits for the long-term unemployed is as much about providing aid to 1.3 million out-of-work Americans as it is about drawing the first political bright line of an election year that has the economy as one of its central themes.
ATLANTA -- A deep freeze spreads from the U.S. Midwest to the East and South, setting record low temperatures from Boston to Birmingham, and leaving 21 people dead, authorities say. The Midwest and the East experience temperatures colder than much of Antarctica.
AP Photos, video.
NEW YORK -- For more than 15 years, there were signs something was amiss with what federal prosecutors in Manhattan call the "703 account" at JPMorgan Chase & Co. Money was being transferred back and forth for no reason. The name on the account was Bernard Madoff and on Tuesday JPMorgan paid a steep price for keeping quiet about its suspicions. By Tom Hays and Larry Neumeister.
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PANAMA CITY -- The Panama Canal Authority says it wants to end a standoff over the expansion of the canal by splitting construction costs with the international consortium that was threatening to halt work unless the authority came up with $1.6 billion in extra funding.
NATURAL GAS EXPORTS
WASHINGTON -- The debate over exporting liquefied natural gas is intensifying as the Energy Department considers an array of applications to ship the fuel to Japan, India and other countries where prices are far higher than in the United States. By Matthew Daly.
ECUADOR-DEVILS FESTIVAL-PHOTO GALLERY
PILLARO, Ecuador -- Thousands of Ecuadoreans in elaborate devil masks and bright red costumes danced wildly in the streets of this Andean town in the "La Diablada de Pillaro," or the Devils of Pillaro festival.
AP Photos by Dolores Ochoa.
SAN DIEGO -- The image of charred American bodies hanging from a bridge as a crowd cheered seared the name Fallujah, Iraq, into the American psyche. The brutal house-to-house battle to tame the insurgent stronghold -- "like a thousand SWAT teams going through the city," as a historian says -- cemented its place in U.S. military history. And so, it is no surprise that the city's recent fall to al-Qaida-linked forces has touched a nerve among service members who fought and bled there in 2004. By Julie Watson and Allen G. Breed.
BUSINESS and FINANCE:
DEARBORN, Michigan -- All eyes will be on Ford's new pickup truck -- not its CEO -- at the Detroit auto show next week. CEO Alan Mulally finally puts to rest rumors that he will leave Ford to run Microsoft. By Dee-Ann Durbin and Tom Krisher.
ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT:
CARACAS, Venezuela -- A former Miss Venezuela and her ex-husband were shot and killed and their 5-year-old daughter wounded when they resisted robbers by locking themselves inside their car after tire punctures disabled it on an isolated stretch of highway, police say. By Jorge Rueda and Frank Bajak.
AP Photos and Video.
WCUP-CUIABA RAIL DEBACLE
RIO DE JANEIRO -- A light rail system that was meant to help soccer fans get around World Cup host city Cuiaba, in Brazil's remote Mato Grosso state, will not be ready in time for the tournament, a top state official says. By Jenny Barchfield.