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Countdown To Shutdown: The Ted Cruz Show Comes To A Close

After Texas GOP Sen. Ted Cruz ended his 21-hour-plus marathon speech at noon Wednesday, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid quickly dismissed it as "a big waste of time."

State Department Renews Global Terrorism Alert

Current information, the department said, indicates al-Qaida and its affiliates are still planning attacks on Americans.

Floods That Ravaged Colo. Might Help Drought-Hit Farmland

The damage from flooding in Colorado is immense. As the raging rivers overflowed, they spilled into low-lying farm and ranch land wrecking costly equipment, dismantling irrigation systems and stranding livestock. In the near future, it'll be hard for farmers to remain optimistic. Still, as the waters recede, there may be a silver lining to the excess rain further down the line.

Every Move She Makes, Pundits Are Watching Hillary Clinton

Everything former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton says gets a tremendous amount of attention, even if she says virtually nothing, says strategist Geoff Garin. And that's not likely to change as the 2016 presidential race gets closer.

FBI Releases New Images, Info From Navy Yard Shooting

The FBI offered new details Wednesday about the Sept. 16 shooting at the Navy Yard in Washington, D.C. The shooter, Aaron Alexis, was apparently delusional, believing for the three months prior to the incident that he was being controlled by extremely low-frequency electromagnetic waves. A video released of the incident shows Alexis driving into the building and then walking in stairways and halls armed with a shotgun. The FBI says was not targeting anyone in particular.

Univ. Of Alabama Sororities Accept A Few Students Of Color

At least four black women and other minority students have joined sororities at the University of Alabama. The word to reopen the bidding process came after some spoke out about alleged discrimination in the recruiting process. Experts say segregation is illegal yet it's happening at schools across the country. Some see the new pledges as a first step toward change. For others, it's a symbolic gesture.

N.Y High School Cancels Football Season After Player's Death

Melissa Block talks to Keith McShea of The Buffalo News about a western New York high school that canceled its varsity football team's season after the death of one of its players, Damon Janes. The 16-year-old running back sustained a severe head injury during a game and died three days later.

New MacArthur Genius Made Old Sound Recordings Safe

The earliest recordings of sound are physically deteriorating, but thanks to physicist Carl Haber they no longer need to be handled to be heard. The Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory scientist is one of 24 winners of the 2013 MacArthur Fellowship. He talks to Melissa Block about his work.

Immigration Lawyer And Retired Lt. Colonel Gets Genius Grant

Margaret Stock is an immigration lawyer whose work focuses on military personnel and their families. She is one of 24 winners of the 2013 MacArthur Fellowship. She talks to Melissa Block about her work.

A Tale Of Two Talks: Ted Cruz Outlasts Rand Paul By 8 Hours

At 21 hours and 19 minutes, the Texas Republican held the Senate floor for considerably longer than Kentucky Republican Rand Paul did in March when he staged an actual filibuster over the country's drone policy.