SENATE VOTES TO ADVANCE A $3.5 BIL EMERGENCY SPENDING BILL TO DEAL WITH THE IMMIGRATION CRISIS *

THE 63-33 VOTE ALLOWS THE BILL TO CLEAR A PROCEDURAL HURDLE, BUT IT FACES MUCH DIMMER PROSPECTS IN THE GOP-CONTROLLED HOUSE *

CONGRESS HAS ONLY A FEW DAYS TO AGREE ON A MEASURE BEFORE IT LEAVES THIS WEEKEND FOR A FIVE-WEEK RECESS *

UN SECY-GEN SAYS TODAY'S ATTACK ON A UN SCHOOL IN GAZA, KILLING AT LEAST 17 PEOPLE, WAS "OUTRAGEOUS" AND "UNJUSTIFIABLE" *

BAN KI-MOON IS DEMANDING AN IMMEDIATE HUMANITARIAN CEASE-FIRE IN THE WAR BETWEEN ISRAEL AND HAMAS *

HE SAYS "ALL AVAILABLE EVIDENCE" INDICATES ISRAELI ARTILLERY WAS INVOLVED IN THE PRE-DAWN ATTACK *

ISRAEL SAYS IT FIRED BACK AFTER SOLDIERS WERE TARGETED BY MORTAR ROUNDS FROM THE VICINITY OF THE SCHOOL *

TWO NEW ATTACKS IN GAZA PUSH THE PALESTINIAN DEATH TOLL ABOVE 1,300 IN MORE THAN THREE WEEKS OF FIGHTING *

ISRAELI STRIKES TODAY HIT A CROWDED SHOPPING AREA IN GAZA CITY, WHERE PALESTINIAN OFFICIALS SAY AT LEAST 16 PEOPLE WERE KILLED *

ISRAEL HAD EARLIER ANNOUNCED A "HUMANITARIAN WINDOW" IN CERTAIN PARTS OF THE TERRITORY *

EARLIER, TANK SHELLS TORE THROUGH THE WALL OF A UN SCHOOL THAT WAS CROWDED WITH WAR REFUGEES, KILLING AT LEAST 17 PEOPLE AND WOUNDING 90 OTHERS *

U.S. AND EUROPEAN LEADERS SAY THEY'RE PREPARED TO INTENSIFY SANCTIONS AGAINST RUSSIA UNLESS IT MOVES TO DE-ESCALATE THE CRISIS IN UKRAINE *

GROUP OF SEVEN WORLD LEADERS SAY IN A STATEMENT THAT RUSSIA HASN'T CHANGED COURSE DESPITE THE DOWNING OF A MALAYSIA AIRLINES JET *

THEY SAY IF RUSSIA CHOOSES DE-ESCALATION, THE SANCTIONS WILL BE REMOVED, BUT WILL OTHERWISE BE STEPPED UP *

HOUSE OVERWHELMINGLY PASSES $16 BIL BILL TO OVERHAUL THE VETERANS AFFAIRS DEPT *

THE 420-5 VOTE SENDS THE BILL TO THE SENATE, WHERE IT'S EXPECTED TO BE PASSED BY FRI *

ON TUES, THE SENATE UNANIMOUSLY CONFIRMED FMR PROCTER & GAMBLE CEO ROBERT MCDONALD AS THE NEW VA SECY *

BOLIVIA'S PRES EVO MORALES DECLARES ISRAEL A "TERRORIST STATE" BECAUSE OF ITS OFFENSIVE IN THE GAZA STRIP AND WILL NOW REQUIRE ISRAELI CITIZENS TO OBTAIN A VISA TO VISIT THE COUNTRY *

MORALES BROKE OFF DIPLOMATIC RELATIONS WITH ISRAEL IN 2009, CALLING ITS TREATMENT OF PALESTINIANS "A GENOCIDE" *

BRAZIL, CHILE, ECUADOR AND PERU HAVE RECALLED THEIR AMBASSADORS FROM ISRAEL IN PROTEST OVER THE FIGHTING IN GAZA *

UKRAINIAN OFFICIAL SAYS PRO-RUSSIAN SEPARATIST REBELS ARE LAYING MINES NEAR THE MH17 CRASH SITE IN EASTERN UKRAINE *

U.S. AND UKRAINIAN GOVTS SAY THE BOEING 777 WAS SHOT DOWN BY A MISSILE FIRED FROM TERRITORY CONTROLLED BY PRO-RUSSIAN SEPARATISTS, WHO DENY SHOOTING DOWN THE PLANE *

RUSSIA ALSO DENIES PROVIDING THE BUK MISSILE LAUNCHER THAT BROUGHT THE PLANE DOWN AND SAYS THE UKRAINIAN MILITARY MAY BE RESPONSIBLE *

PRES OBAMA TO SIGN AN EXEC ORDER THURS CRACKING DOWN ON LABOR VIOLATIONS BY COMPANIES THAT CONTRACT WITH THE FED GOVT *

ORDER WILL REQUIRE COMPANIES SEEKING FED CONTRACTS TO MAKE PUBLIC ANY PREVIOUS LABOR LAW VIOLATIONS *

ORDER WILL ALSO PROHIBIT CORPORATIONS WITH LARGE FED CONTRACTS FROM FORCING WORKERS TO SUBMIT LABOR DISPUTES TO BINDING ARBITRATION, GIVING THOSE WHO SUFFER SEXUAL ASSAULT OR CIVIL RIGHTS VIOLATIONS THEIR DAY IN COURT *

IT WILL ALSO REQUIRE THAT WORKERS BE GIVEN INFO EACH PAY PERIOD TO ENSURE THEIR PAYCHECKS ARE ACCURATE *

FED JUDGE IMPOSES $1.3 BIL CIVIL PENALTY AGAINST BANK OF AMERICA WED FOR DELIBERATELY MISREPRESENTING THE QUALITY OF MORTGAGES IT SOLD *

FINE TARGETS BANK OF AMERICA'S COUNTRYWIDE SUBSIDIARY *

JURY LAST YEAR FOUND BANK OF AMERICA LIABLE FOR COUNTRYWIDE'S SELLING OF RISKY MORTGAGES AS SAFE INVESTMENTS TO FANNIE MAE AND FREDDIE MAC *

HOUSE APPROVES GOP-LED RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING A FED LAWSUIT AGAINST PRES OBAMA OVER HIS HANDLING OF THE 2010 HEALTH CARE LAW *

LAWSUIT WILL ALLEGE PRES OBAMA EXCEEDED HIS CONSTITUTIONAL POWERS BY SELECTIVELY ENFORCING PARTS OF THE HEALTH CARE LAW *

DEMOCRATS DISMISSING THE REPUBLICAN LAWSUIT AS AN ELECTION-YEAR STUNT *

FED JUDGE SQUASHES AN ATTEMPT BY SEVEN FORMER NFL PLAYERS TO INTERVENE IN THE TENTATIVE $765 MIL CLASS ACTION SETTLEMENT OF CONCUSSION CLAIMS WITH THE NFL *

PLAYERS CALL THE SETTLEMENT A "LOUSY DEAL" FOR EX-PLAYERS WHOSE SYMPTOMS DON'T QUALIFY THEM FOR COMPENSATION *

JUDGE, WHO GAVE PRELIMINARY APPROVAL TO THE DEAL EARLIER THIS MONTH, SAYS PLAYERS WHO OBJECT TO THE SETTLEMENT CAN RAISE THEIR CONCERNS AT A FAIRNESS HEARING SCHEDULED FOR NOV 19, OR OPT OUT OF THE DEAL *

LIBERIA'S PRES ELLEN JOHNSON SIRLEAF CLOSES THE COUNTRY'S SCHOOLS AND ORDERS NON-ESSENTIAL GOVT EMPLOYEES TO STAY HOME AMID THE EBOLA OUTBREAK THERE *

AT LEAST 129 PEOPLE HAVE DIED IN LIBERIA FROM EBOLA *

SEVERAL AIRLINES HAVE SCRAPPED ALL FLIGHTS INTO LIBERIA *

THE DISEASE IS BLAMED FOR MORE THAN 672 DEATHS ACROSS WEST AFRICA *

ARGENTINA DEFAULTS ON INTEREST PAYMENTS TO ITS U.S.-BASED CREDITORS WED, ACCORDING TO STANDARD & POOR'S *

THIS MARKS THE SECOND TIME ARGENTINA HAS DEFAULTED ON ITS DEBT OBLIGATIONS IN 13 YEARS *

DEFAULT COMES AFTER ARGENTINA AND U.S. HEDGE FUNDS FAILED TO REACH A SETTLEMENT *