Gridlock talks...Military death benefit restored...Former mayor prison bound

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Associated Press

Posted on October 11, 2013 at 12:00 AM

Updated Friday, Oct 11 at 12:00 AM

WASHINGTON (AP) — It's not clear if any progress has been made, but talks have continued into the night over the budget impasse that has shut down the government for 10 days and threatens a national default. President Barack Obama and Republican leaders met at the White House this evening for 90 minutes. House Majority Leader Eric Cantor said there would be further conversations tonight. The White House called the meeting good but said no determinations had been reached.

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Pentagon can now resume sending immediate death benefit payments to the families of fallen troops. The military suspended the $100,000 payments because of the government shutdown. The government will reimburse the Fisher House Foundation, which covered the costs during the disruption.

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. Security Council has voted unanimously to extend the mandate of the NATO-led force in Afghanistan for the last time before it hands over total responsibility for security to Afghan forces at the end of 2014. The resolution adopted by the council said the situation in Afghanistan "still constitutes a threat to international peace and security." It cited ongoing violence and terrorist activities by the Taliban, al-Qaida, extremist groups and drug groups.

DETROIT (AP) — Former Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick has been sent to federal prison to serve a 28-year sentence for rigging contracts and taking bribes. Evidence against Kilpatrick included his own text messages. Agents who pored over bank accounts and credit cards said Kilpatrick spent $840,000 beyond his salary during his time as mayor, from 2002 to fall 2008.

GILBERTON, Pa. (AP) — A hearing for a Pennsylvania police chief who made profanity-laced Internet videos about liberals and the Second Amendment had to be halted and moved because of a gun scare. A supporter of Gilberton Chief Mark Kessler dropped a loaded semi-automatic handgun onto a concrete floor. The weapon apparently slid out a holster. It didn't fire. The hearing over Kessler's job was moved to a nearby courthouse where weapons are banned.

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