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Elderly nun sentenced to nearly three years for Tennessee nuclear break-in

By Melodi Erdogan and Jennifer Brake KNOXVILLE, Tennessee (Reuters) - A U.S. judge sentenced an 84-year-old nun, Sister Megan Rice, on Tuesday to 35 months in prison for breaking into a Tennessee military facility used to store enriched uranium for nuclear bombs.

Snow delays sentencing for Tennessee nuclear facility break-in

By Melodi Erdogan KNOXVILLE, Tennessee (Reuters) - An elderly nun and two other activists were ordered to pay about $53,000 restitution for breaking into a Tennessee defense facility, but must wait to hear how much prison time they could face after a judge suspended sentencing due to bad weather.

White House budget office urges agencies to prepare for possible shutdown

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The White House budget office directed federal agencies on Tuesday to prepare for the possibility of a federal government shutdown should Democrats and Republicans fail to find a budget compromise by the end of September. With conservative Republicans pushing for spending cuts and attempting to cut off funding for President Barack Obama's 2011 healthcare law, the two sides are having trouble reaching a budget agreement ahead of the September 30 end of the 2013 fiscal year.

US House to introduce stop-gap budget

A key US lawmaker introduced a stop-gap funding bill Wednesday to prevent an October 1 government shut-down, acknowledging there is not enough time to pass a yearly US budget. House Appropriations Committee chairman, Republican Hal Rogers, unveiled a temporary measure that would continue funding for all federal agencies, programs and services after the current fiscal year ends September 30 -- but only until December 15.

Senate moves forward with $108B measure funding transportation, housing

WASHINGTON - A $108 billion measure that would boost funding for infrastructure projects and housing subsidies for the poor is moving ahead in the Senate. The measure cleared a procedural hurdle by a bipartisan 73-26 vote Tuesday, and that sets up days of debate with the goal of passing the measure next week.

US Senate approves stop-gap funding bill

A divided US Senate came together Wednesday to approve legislation that avoids a government shutdown, with a compromise stop-gap measure likely headed to the president's desk this week. The sweeping spending bill that funds day-to-day government operations through the end of September easily passed 73-26, after Senate leaders cut a deal on amendments to the legislation and the chamber overcame a procedural blocking tactic that had been thrown up by Republicans.

U.S. House Republicans seek to avoid potential government shutdown

* Stop-gap spending bill would carry government through Sept. 30 * Makes no attempt to halt automatic spending cuts on March 1 * Pentagon would gain some spending flexibility under House plan By David Lawder
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