WASHINGTON -- Republican Sen. John McCain says he's considering running for a sixth term in 2016, the year he turns 80.
In an interview Tuesday with radio station KFYI-AM in Phoenix, the Arizona Republican said that he's seriously giving a lot of thought to another bid for re-election.
McCain says he's getting encouragement from businesses that are upset with the recent partial government shutdown. He had opposed the tea party tactic of linking gutting the health care law to keeping the government operating.
Amazon change: Amazon.com customers will need to spend more money on the site in order to qualify for free shipping. The online retailer raised the minimum order size needed for free shipping to $35 from $25. The change, made Monday, comes ahead of the busy holiday shopping season. It also comes after Walmart.com made a similar change earlier this month.
Mail delivery - 3 days: Mail will soon be delivered to suburban New Zealand homes just three days a week as the country's postal service responds to the rise of smartphones and the decline of letters. Today, the government agreed to a steep reduction in the six-day-a-week service beginning in 2015. The move could foreshadow similar changes in other developed nations as businesses and residents increasingly move online to communicate and pay bills.
Raising debt ceiling: The Australian government plans to raise the nation's debt ceiling by a whopping two-thirds to $486 billion in a bid to avoid any future Washington-style political crisis over spending. "We are not going to allow ourselves to get into the position that the United States is in where there's tremendous uncertainty about the capacity of a country to live within its means," Treasurer Joe Hockey told Australian Broadcasting Corp. late Tuesday.
Drone program: The United States on Tuesday defended drone strikes targeting al-Qaida operatives and others it deems enemies, rejecting reports by two human-rights groups questioning the legality of strikes they asserted have killed or wounded scores of civilians in Yemen and Pakistan. President Barack Obama's chief spokesman, Jay Carney, said the U.S. "would strongly disagree" with any claims that the U.S. had acted improperly.
Tsarnaev implicated: Prosecutors in the case against Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev say a man shot to death during questioning by an agent in Florida told investigators that Tsarnaev's slain older brother had been involved in a triple homicide. The alleged involvement of Tamerlan Tsarnaev in the killing in Waltham was disclosed in a government court filing made Monday.
Gun brought to school: Washoe County School District police in Nevada revealed Tuesday that the seventh-grader who shot and killed a teacher and wounded other students brought the 9 mm semi-automatic Ruger handgun from his home, but authorities were still working to determine how he obtained it. The student's parents were cooperating with authorities and could face charges in the case, police said. Eighth-grader Angelo Ferro recalled burying his face in his hands as the boy waved the gun and threatened to shoot. Another seventh-grader and Ferro's math teacher, Michael Landsberry, lay gunned down nearby. "The whole time I was hoping Mr. L was OK, we'd all get through it, it was a bad dream," Ferro told Associated Press on Tuesday.