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House Takes On Temporary Spending Bill

The House is in a rare Saturday session and will vote on amendments to the Senate-passed bill to keep the government from going into a partial shutdown. NPR's Tamara Keith tells host Arun Rath the main amendment would delay the Affordable Care Act by a year.

Fire Report Details What Happened To 19 Ariz. Hotshots

Arizona Fire officials release their report on the Yarnell Hill fire, which killed 19 firefighters. It was the worst loss of life in a wildfire in 80 years. Host Arun Rath speaks with NPR's Ted Robbins.

Under Pressure, Calif. City Dismantles Homeless Encampments

The poor, farm-dependent city of Fresno in California's Central Valley has one of the highest per capita homeless populations in the country. City officials there are expected to dismantle a large homeless encampment on the outskirts of downtown any day now. NPR's Kirk Siegler tells host Arun Rath that advocates for the homeless are scrambling to find alternatives for the displaced.

Report On Arizona Hotshots' Deaths Finds A Communications Gap

The 19 firefighters who died after being trapped by an Arizona wildfire in late June were only about 600 yards from a designated safety zone at a ranch, according to a task force formed by the Arizona State Forestry Division to investigate the firefighters' deaths.

My Governor Can Beat Up Your Governor (Or Thinks He Can)

Increasingly, governors are criticizing each other's stances on taxes, guns and pensions, as well as working to lure businesses from other states. They used to defer more to each other. But like members of Congress, governors are having a harder time finding common ground.

House Ties Government Funding To One-Year Obamacare Delay

House Republicans late Saturday prepared to pass a government funding bill that would include a one-year delay in implementing Obamacare. But the White House said President Obama would veto the House measure, on the unlikely chance it made it through the Senate.

Women's Health Groups Sue Texas Over Its New Abortion Law

Approved in a contentious process this summer, the Texas bill is scheduled to take effect on Oct. 29. Opponents say it would close more than a third of the clinics that provide abortions in the state.

JPMorgan In Talks To Avoid Criminal Charges

The financial giant is also facing civil charges and fines that could cost it $11 billion. JPMorgan is negotiating with the Justice Department over the company's handling of mortgage-backed securities leading up to the housing crisis. Host Scott Simon talks with New York Times columnist Joe Nocera about the significance of the talks.

BP Oil Spill Trial To Begin Second Phase

The months-long federal trial is examining how much fault should be placed on BP and its contractors for the 2010 Deepwater Horizon explosion. The accident killed 11 rig workers and released almost 5 million barrels of oil into the Gulf of Mexico. Host Scott Simon speaks with NPR's Debbie Elliott to preview the civil trial.

Obama-Rouhani Phone Conversation Is A 30-Year First

President Obama spoke via phone Friday with Iran's President Hassan Rouhani, the first time leaders of the two countries have directly communicated since 1979. Host Scott Simon talks with Iran analyst Karim Sadjadpour about what it means for U.S.-Iran relations going forward.