Following allegations of racism influencing the rush process in campus sororities, University of Alabama president Judy Bonner has asked fraternity leaders to make their chapters more inclusive. 

Alabama lawmakers have spent more than $2 million to make renovations at the State House in the past three years. The work is said to have been efficient and not extravagant.

The federal government shutdown is entering its second week, and neither side appears to be budging to meet a compromise, which could lead to dire consequences. A deadline to raise the debt limit is getting closer, and House Speaker John Boehner says there won't be a debt limit increase without spending concessions.

Americans James Rothman and Randy Schekman share this year's Nobel Prize in medicine with German-born researcher Thomas Suedhof for discoveries on how proteins and other materials are transported within cells.