Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today:

1. WHO GETS THE BLAME IN BUDGET FIGHT

Americans are holding Republicans primarily responsible for the partial government shutdown, but the president and Democrats don't get off easy, either.

2. OBAMA TO NOMINATE YELLEN TO REPLACE BERNANKE

She's been vice chair since 2010 and would be the first woman to head the Federal Reserve.

3. WHAT EXPERTS SAY CAUSED HEALTH WEBSITE WOES

A requirement that consumers create online accounts multiplied the volume of online transactions, overwhelming the site.

4. TRIO SHARE NOBEL PRIZE FOR CHEMISTRY

Scientists Martin Karplus, Michael Levitt and Arieh Warshel win this year's Nobel Prize in chemistry.

5. US EXPECTED TO SLASH AID TO EGYPT

Cairo stands to lose hundreds of millions of dollars in military and economic assistance as the Obama administration plans a dramatic policy shift.

6. DENVER COUPLE FACED CHARGES WITH DIFFERENT KIDS

The parents of four boys found living in filth and communicating with grunts were accused in 2006 of keeping three other children in similar conditions.

7. DIANA NYAD GETS BACK IN THE WATER

The 64-year-old who swam from Havana to Miami attempts a 48-hour swim in a NYC pool to raise money for Superstorm Sandy victims.

8. OFFICER ARRESTED IN BIKER-SUV ATTACK

An off-duty NYPD detective faces charges after he is seen on video hitting and kicking an SUV after a group motorcycle ride spiraled into violence.

9. CHRIS CHRISTIE DOESN'T RULE OUT WHITE HOUSE BID

Asked about his political future, the N.J. governor replies, "I am not going to declare tonight ... that I am or I'm not running for president."

10. RED SOX MAKE IT TO THE ALCS

Boston beats Tampa Bay 3-1 in Game 4 and will face the winner of Thursday's Detroit-vs.-Oakland game.

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watson4sherlock

Yet one dunce expects the entire State Department budget to fix all the problems. What's that? Congress has to approve the State Department budget?

CONGRESSIONAL BUDGET JUSTIFICATION
FISCAL YEAR 2014

See http://www.state.gov/documents/organization/207266.pdf

watson4sherlock

500 flies? Do you think they actually counted? Unfortunately there are children living in terrible squalor and some of them are foster homes inspected and supervised by agencies.

[O]n Monday night, [Joshua] Hill’s daughter Alexandria, or Alex as they liked to call her, was rushed to a Rockdale hospital with severe head injuries, then flown to Scott and White Children’s Emergency Hospital in Temple and immediately placed on life support.

Alex was living with foster parents after DFPS removed her from her parent's home last November for "neglectful supervision."

Hill admits they were smoking pot when their daughter was asleep.

“We never hurt our daughter. She was never sick, she was never in the hospital, and she never had any issues until she went into state care.”

See http://reason.com/blog/2013/08/02/state-seizes-two-year-old-child-from-par

watson4sherlock

Are parents who choose to home school harrassed by social workers?

Home School Legal Defense Association did not represent the Roes but filed a friend-of-the-court brief to advance the legal principle that all child abuse and neglect investigations are governed by the Fourth Amendment. The issues in this case were similar to those in the Calabretta case in California. The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals likewise ruled that social workers must abide by the Fourth Amendment. HSLDA represented the Calabrettas, an HSLDA member family who sued the social workers for violating their constitutional rights. In that case, social workers responding to an anonymous tip entered the Calabretta's home without their consent and stripped searched one of their children. Like the Roe case, they found no evidence of abuse or neglect. The social workers in that case settled the civil rights lawsuit out of court.

Thanks to the Fifth Circuit's ruling, social workers in Texas, Louisiana, and Mississippi are now on notice: the Fourth Amendment applies to them when conducting child abuse investigations -- and they could face stiff damages if they violate those rights. HSLDA will vigorously use this ruling to defend its members' rights.

See http://www.hslda.org/docs/news/hslda/200207230.asp

watson4sherlock

In addition to the Leonard's case, CPS has taken children away from parents for reasons ranging from using an outhouse instead of indoor plumbing to keeping clothes in boxes instead of drawers, said Julie Ketterman, a Houston family law attorney who has been a defense attorney in CPS cases for more than five years.

In these cases, the agency usually cites "unsafe living conditions," Ketterman told the San Antonio Express.

"But to me, they are being picked up because they are poor," she said.

To remove children from their parents' custody, CPS must provide evidence of imminent danger, said Houston Family Law Attorney Chris Branson. The children should not have been taken away simply because they were living in conditions others might not find fit for themselves.

"If it is simply a case in which these people were poor and did not meet the standards of a caseworker, it is just flat wrong," he said.

See http://www.deseretnews.com/article/700150927/Poor-but-happy-family-says-government-took-six-kids-because-of-poverty.html?pg=all

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