Congress has sent President Obama bipartisan legislation making $38 billion in spending cuts to see the government through the rest of the fiscal year.
The Senate voted 81-19 to approve the measure Thursday, not long after the House gave its approval, 260-167.
The bill was the product of negotiations involving the White House, House Republicans and Senate Democrats, who reached agreement last week in barely enough time to avert a threatened government shutdown.
The legislation drew support from lawmakers in both parties, but little if any enthusiasm.
Velociraptors, those clever carnivores that hunted in packs in the Jurassic Park films, may actually have been night hunters.
That's the conclusion of scientists who have studied the bones of dinosaurs, reptiles and early flying creatures that lived tens of millions of years ago. In particular, they examined the eye sockets, which the scientists say reveal a great deal about what kind of vision those extinct animals had.
Earlier this week, President Barack Obama appointed retired General Stanley McChrystal to lead an advisory panel on military families. McChrystal joined first lady Michelle Obama and Jill Biden, wife of Vice President Joe Biden, on a program called "Joining Forces," which seeks to highlight the problems military families face when a member is deployed to combat zones.
Except that this year, Americans get an extra three days before they have to file their income tax returns. That's because of the Emancipation Day holiday in the District of Columbia, which honors the day that President Lincoln signed the Compensated Emancipation Act, which freed slaves in the nation's capital.