A record $490 billion US budget will likely await the new president, a Bush administration official said Monday before a formal announcement. The White House had predicted a $407 billion deficit, slightly lower than the all-time high of $413 billion. The sagging economy and economic stimulus payments to taxpayers are cited as contributing to escalation of the deficit.
About 1,000 protesters opposed to immigration raids rallied in Postville, Iowa, Sunday, including busloads of people from Chicago and Minnesota's Twin Cities. The diverse group included many Hispanics upset by a May 12 raid at a local meatpacking plant that resulted in 389 arrests, mostly of Guatemalan and Mexican nationals living in the town.
A congregation's liberal social views led a gunman to go on a deadly shooting spree at a church in Knoxville, Tenn., investigators said Monday, the day after congregants tackled suspect Jim Adkisson. He was charged with the first-degree murder of two adults, and injuring seven others at a youth performance at the Tennessee Valley Unitarian Universalist Church.