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CBO Report Warns Of Long-Term Debt Problems

The good news is that the Congressional Budget Office projects the budget deficit will shrink in 2015. The bad news? After that, deficits will gradually rise.

15-Plus Drinks A Night: Teenagers Binge At Dangerous Heights

Twenty percent of high school seniors say they binge drink, with 6 percent consuming 15 drinks or more in a row. This extreme binge drinking accounts for high rates of emergency room visits by teen drinkers, researchers say, and poses a health risk that until now hasn't been adequately measured.

'I Miss Her Already': Profiles Of The Navy Yard Victims Emerge

The 12 victims of the Navy Yard shootings that brought panic and tragedy to a corner of Washington, D.C., on Monday morning are in many people's thoughts Tuesday, as their names and other information emerge. We'll collect what we know about the victims here.


Company Promises To Pay For Hawaii's Massive Molasses Spill

Tens of thousands of sea creatures have been killed by this month's sticky spill in Honolulu Harbor. Matson Inc. says it will cover all the related costs and will not ship molasses any more unless it is confident such a spill won't happen again.

The High Costs Of Colorado's High Water, By The Numbers

At least 8 people have died. About 19,000 homes have been damaged or destroyed. It's expected to cost about $500 million to rebuild damaged roads. Meanwhile, efforts continue to reach people stranded by washed-out highways.

Navy Yard Shootings: No Second Gunman; Victims' IDs Emerge

Investigators say they're confident only one gunman was responsible for the deaths of 12 people and wounding of others. The man who authorities say carried out the attack, 34-year-old Aaron Alexis, is also dead after a gun battle with police.

Employee Gives School Principal Pot As A Gift

The head of a Rhode Island school was named Providence Principal of the Year. Police say an employee, Christopher Michael Sheehan, gave his boss a present to celebrate. He allegedly handed the principal a half-ounce of marijuana. Sheehan was arrested.

Hawaiian Woman Complains Her Long Name Was Cut Off On IDs

Janice Lokelani Keihanaikukauakahihuliheekahaunaele, who goes by Loke, complained to a Honolulu radio station that since her name was so long, it was always cut off on IDs. That led to issues with travel and police. Officials in Hawaii say the state is expanding the character limit of names on IDs.

Fed Meeting Could Lead To Stimulus Reduction

Many economic analysts expect the Federal Reserve to announce the first reduction in its stimulus program on Wednesday. The Fed has been pumping money into the financial system by purchasing U.S. government bonds and mortgage-backed-securities.

Rain Stops In Colorado But Devastation Remains

Air rescues have resumed in Colorado's Boulder and Larimer counties, sending a stream of evacuees to shelters around the region. Also, more federal resources are beginning to become available. Additionally, flooding is beginning to work its way into the plains of eastern Colorado.