By David Lawder and Thomas Ferraro WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Republicans in the U.S. House of Representatives on Wednesday were falling in line behind a bipartisan two-year budget deal, indicating that the normally rambunctious group of lawmakers is not spoiling for a year-end fiscal fight. Despite conservative groups' denunciation of the plan and public opposition from some members associated with the conservative Tea Party movement, the Republican-controlled House was planning to vote on Thursday to pass the deal, Representative Kevin McCarthy, the third-ranking Republican told Reuters. A key House panel, on a 9-3 vote, cleared the legislation for debate and votes in the full House. The Republican-controlled Rules Committee refused to allow Democrats to offer an amendment to extend federal unemployment benefits that expire later this month.
LAS VEGAS (AP) â More than 200 rescuers feared for the worst when a couple and four children vanished this week in the bitterly cold Nevada wilderness. But two days after their ill-fated trip to play in the snow Sunday, the family was found in good condition. By Wednesday, the mother and a child were released from the hospital.
NASA reported a problem Wednesday at the International Space Station but said the crew was not in any danger. One of two large coolant loops at the ISS -- on which electrical systems ride -- shut down earlier in the day, Josh Byerly, a spokesman for the US space agency, told AFP. A lot of the systems in European and Japanese laboratories aboard the ISS have been switched onto the other coolant loop or shut down, he said. "Some non-critical systems have been powered down inside the Harmony node, the Kibo laboratory and the Columbus laboratory while the teams work to figure out what caused the valve to not function correctly and how to fix it," NASA said in a statement.
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) â A San Diego man has been charged with operating a revenge porn website that let people anonymously post explicit photographs of others so that he could extort money from those whose privacy was breached.