Senate blocks GOP bill to halt Planned Parenthood fed funds

The Senate blocked a Republican drive Monday to terminate federal funds for Planned Parenthood, setting the stage for the GOP to try again this fall amid higher stakes — a potential government shutdown that could echo into next year's presidential and congressional elections.

This week's circulars

The busiest part of Raleigh's southern Beltline, usually four and five lanes wide, will be reduced to three lanes until November 2016. Video by Bruce Siceloff, bsiceloff@newsobserver.com