Last night, President Obama signed legislation  to allow the Treasury to borrow normally through at least Feb. 7 and fund the government through Jan. 15, averting a U.S. government default. In addition, federal employees are headed back to work today and will be paid for the time they were furloughed.

Our daily reports that unincorporated areas of Tuscaloosa County will soon have recycling drop-off locations in each district of the county, beginning early next month.

Health officials say Alabama's infant mortality rate increased last year to 8.9 deaths for every 1,000 births, its highest rate in four years.

"The Lion King" is said to be on the verge of becoming the first Broadway show in history to cross the $1 billion mark at the box office. The show could hit that number this week or next.

A planned stadium has already been approved for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, but a Japanese architech is campaigning to reduce the size of the unbuilt stadium, saying it's too expensive and would clash with its surroundings.

Tuscaloosa police are looking into the robbery of the Soap N Suds laundromat on 10th Avenue Tuesday afternoon. The suspect left the scene on foot with an undisclosed amount of money. Anyone with information is asked to contact  Tuscaloosa County Crime Stoppers.

Health officials are proposing new rules that would reduce the number of abortions an Alabama doctor can perform without coming under regulation as an abortion clinic from 30 or more during any two months in a year to 10 or more in any single month.

Although Congress approved and the president signed measures that end a partial government shutdown and avoid a U.S. default on obligations, its only a temporary fix, with the administration and Republicans to face the issues of spending and borrowing early next year.

A report by the International Labor Organization says that 30 million people are enslaved worldwide, with almost half in India.

The city of Cleveland has suspended 63 police officers, following a high-speed chase that resulted in the fatal shooting of the driver and his passenger last year.