Food Safety Modernization Act passed the Senate Tuesday on a bipartisan vote. The legislation, which gives the US added powers to inspect and recall, moves to the House, where hurdles remain, especially over cost.
Dutch politician Geert Wilders, who advocates banning the Quran, is expected to attend an event near ground zero to commemorate September 11 and rally opposition to Islam.
Voters in Thursday's Sri Lanka elections favored President Mahinda Rajapakse's ruling party, which prioritizes economic growth over reconciliation with the rebel Tamils after decades of civil war.
In Sri Lanka elections on Thursday, President Mahinda Rajapaksa hopes to win the two-thirds parliamentary majority needed to alter the constitution.
In the first election in 11 years Saturday, a pro-rebel party won the most local-council seats in Vavuniya and came in second in Jaffna.
The island's first elections in two decades had been intended as a test of the peacemaking process with the breakaway fighters.
Saturday's elections in an old Tamil Tiger stronghold offer the prospect of more autonomy and an end to civil war.