The bureau, which says it's been hard-hit by sequestration cuts, hopes the compromise plan will forestall furloughs and bring it back to full capacity.
A congressional vote to renew extended unemployment benefits may have to wait until the new year. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid will push for it in January if a last-minute extension fails to come together.
Student athletes know they need to avoid concussions. But hits that don't cause concussion symptoms can affect the brain, too. Researchers are now trying to figure out who is most at risk from those smaller hits, and if they can be warned in advance.
The government shutdown hurt workers in all sorts of industries, including those in steel manufacturing. Completed contracts were haulted and workers were concerned about their futures.
Fortunately for them, the industry is picking up since the end of the shutdown. Lisa Goldenberg, president of Delaware Steel Company in Pennsylvania and president of the Association of Steel Distributors, says inventory is at an all time low and there have been several price increases.
"The road block has been removed, and it's a little bit of the flood gates rolling," says Goldenberg. "It's good!"
Goldenberg says her company is moving inventory as fast as they can make it and she's hopeful for the future.
After a few moments of review, the top life events people reported in 2013 can read like a 10-sentence short story — perhaps a fable, or a coming-of-age tale. In the U.S., hot topics included the Super Bowl, Pope Francis, and the Harlem Shake.
On Wednesday, Chaz Stevens' beer can-covered pole joined a number of other displays in the state Capitol in Tallahassee. There are also a religious Nativity scene and an atheist display. Stevens says he's protesting what he sees as a flagrant disregard for the separation of church and state.
The Food and Drug Administration Wednesday advised companies to change the labels on their drugs to make it illegal for livestock producers to use drugs for "growth promotion" or "feed efficiency." The announcement is the latest step in a long-running effort by the FDA to reduce the use of antibiotics in agriculture.
Colorado enacted several tough gun control measures after the shooting in Newtown, Conn. — and then voters ousted two lawmakers who backed those laws. One former senator says he has no regrets, while the man who helped remove him is now focused on other gun rights supporters.
Starting in the 1980s, leaders in Garden City, Kan., decided that they were going to treat the immigrant influx as a blessing, not a curse. Working conditions are tough, but the jobs offer decent wages, and a good support system provides a brighter future.
California plans to get 33 percent of its electricity from wind and solar power by 2020. But that will only work if the state can economically store some of the energy for release on cloudy, windless days.