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Microsoft's phone update to feature driving mode

Updated: 10/14/2013 - Microsoft is updating its Windows software for cellphones to accommodate larger devices and make it easier for motorists to reduce distractions while driving.

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3 Americans win economics Nobel

Updated: 10/15/2013 - Americans Eugene Fama, Lars Peter Hansen and Robert Shiller have won the Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences.

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Seized venomous snakes brought to Powell County

Updated: 10/13/2013 - More than a hundred snakes and reptiles were recovered in an Ohio home, four of them were venomous. Those snakes are now being cared for at the Reptile Zoo in Powell County.

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NYC police arrest relative in 'Baby Hope' killing

Posted: 10/13/2013 - A major cold case has been cracked in New York, where police say a relative has admitted sexually assaulting and smothering a four-year-old girl found in a picnic cooler in 1991.

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DC crowd pushes through barriers to WWII memorial

Updated: 10/13/2013 - A crowd has converged on the World War II Memorial on the National Mall, pushing through barriers to protest the memorial's closing under the government shutdown.

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Social Security raise to be among lowest in years

Posted: 10/13/2013 - For the second straight year, millions of Social Security recipients, disabled veterans and federal retirees can expect historically small increases in their benefits come January.

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Food stamp debit cards not working in many states

Posted: 10/12/2013 - People in Ohio, Michigan and several other states found themselves unable to use their food stamp debit cards on Saturday, after a routine check by vendor Xerox Corp. resulted in a system failure. Shoppers from Maine to Oklahoma had to abandon baskets of groceries because they couldn't access their benefits.

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Arizona, New York to reopen shut down national attractions

Posted: 10/11/2013 - Arizona and New York have reached deals with the Interior Department to reopen Grand Canyon National Park and Statue of Liberty National Monument using state funds until the federal government reopens.

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Truck, train collide in W. Va.; 1 dead, 23 hurt

Updated: 10/12/2013 - Authorities say a logging truck collided with a train taking passengers on a tour amid fall foliage in the West Virginia mountains, killing one person and injuring 23 people Friday.

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McConnell adds nearly $2.3M to campaign account

Posted: 10/11/2013 - Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell has banked nearly $2.3 million since July, pushing his overall fundraising total to $17.7 million for the election cycle.

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Global chemical watchdog wins Nobel Peace Prize

Posted: 10/11/2013 - The Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons won the Nobel Peace Prize on Friday for working to eliminate the scourge that has haunted generations from World War I to the battlefields of Syria.

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Jury: Toyota not liable for death of California woman

Posted: 10/10/2013 - A jury says Toyota Motor Corp. is not liable for the death of a California woman who was killed when her 2006 Camry apparently accelerated and crashed despite her efforts to stop.

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Obama signs bill to pay military death benefits

Posted: 10/10/2013 - Families of fallen troops will be assured of receiving death benefits under legislation President Barack Obama signed Thursday amid a national firestorm over the payments being suspended during the partial government shutdown.

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White House: No decision on shutdown, debt impasse

Posted: 10/10/2013 - The White House says President Barack Obama and Republican leaders reached no specific determination on how to end the partial government shutdown or raise the nation's debt ceiling. The White House, however, described the meeting as good and said Obama looked forward to progress.

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Balloon passenger remains critical in New Mexico

Posted: 10/10/2013 - University of New Mexico Hospital officials say the passenger in a fiery crash at Albuquerque's annual balloon fiesta remains in critical condition Thursday.

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