A head start program in Bridgeport, Connecticut, is one of many forced to close its doors because of the partial shutdown of the federal government. The program received emergency food aid from the Connecticut Food Bank on Friday.
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo is appointing a new tax cutting commission that includes former political rivals. The governor charged it with finding ways of slicing state revenues by $2-3 billion dollars next year.
A Quinnipiac University poll released on Wednesday finds American voters overwhelmingly support universal background checks for all gun buyers by 89 to 9 percent. The result is the same as several other national polls conducted by Quinnipiac in the months after the Newtown, Connecticut, school shooting last December.