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NATION Briefs: Treasury: Debt ceiling is nearing

– Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew is telling Congress that the U.S. government will hit its borrowing limit in mid-October and urged lawmakers to raise it before then.

Lew said in a letter to Speaker John Boehner released Monday that the government is running out of accounting maneuvers it has used to avoid hitting the $16.7 trillion borrowing limit. He pressed Congress to act so Treasury can keep paying the government’s bills.

Lew said it’s impossible for Treasury to predict exactly when borrowing limit will be reached. But he warns that if action isn’t taken soon, the government could be left with $50 billion in cash by mid-October. He says that wouldn’t be enough to cover Social Security payments, military personnel salaries, Medicare and other programs for an “extended period.”

2nd teen arrested in WWII vet’s death

A 16-year-old Spokane boy was ordered held on $2 million bail and will be tried as an adult in connection with last week’s beating death of an 88-year-old veteran of World War II.

Demetrius L. Glenn is charged with first-degree murder and first-degree robbery in Spokane County District Court. The teen turned himself in last Thursday night, the same day that Army veteran Delbert Belton died of his injuries.

A second 16-year-old boy arrested in the case has a court appearance scheduled for today, and will also be tried as an adult.

Lung transplant patient to go home

A 10-year-old Pennsylvania girl whose plight for a new pair of lungs spurred a national debate over organ transplants is going home today, her mother, Janet Murnaghan, said Monday.

Sarah Murnaghan, who has end-stage cystic fibrosis, received two lung transplants this summer at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia after a federal judge intervened in her parents’ lawsuit challenging national transplant rules that put her at the end of the waiting list for adult lungs.

On Sunday, Janet Murnaghan said her daughter was taken off oxygen and had started to walk with the aid of a walker, even venturing outside.

Father arrested; kids safe in Michigan

A man wanted on a domestic violence charge and his three young children were found safe Monday night at northern Michigan’s Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore.

“The kids are all OK. The man is OK,” said Leelanau County Sheriff Mike Borkovich.

The 50-year-old man from a Detroit suburb was placed under arrest on the domestic violence charge. The motive for the man’s actions was unclear, and authorities said they hoped interviews with him and the children would make it clearer.

Baby born in bar found dead

A Pennsylvania woman gave birth to a son in the bathroom of a sports bar, then abandoned him to die in the restaurant’s toilet, authorities said Monday in charging her with the baby’s death.

Amanda Catherine Hein was arraigned and held without bail on one count of criminal homicide in the death of her baby last week.

Ex-Ohio governor Gilligan, 92, dies

Former Ohio Gov. and U.S. Rep. John J. Gilligan, a liberal Democrat who won creation of the state income tax, has died. He was 92. Gilligan’s daughter is Kathleen Sebelius, the current Health and Human Services secretary. Gilligan became the Ohio’s 62nd governor in 1970.

Former USA Today journalist Thien dies

Richard “Dick” Thien, a veteran journalist who played a pivotal role in developing USA Today for Gannett Co. Inc., has died of natural causes, according to his son. Thien was 73 and was a two-time cancer survivor.

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