News bites: Shutdown looms, oil prices near $112 a barrel, and more

Shutdown update: Key staffers for Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) and House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) worked into the early morning hours. But there is still no deal to fund the government and avert a shutdown.

Policy riders, including provisions to block Environmental Protection Agency regulations, have been a major bone of contention in the spending fight.

For more, read the latest from The Hill here and here. And here's more on the fight over EPA riders.

Meanwhile, Japanese officials are planning to ease restrictions on food produced near the stricken Fukushima Daiichi power plant.

Oil prices near $112 a barrel.

Here’s a novel way to clean up an oil spill: sailing drones.

Scientists have found oil on dead dolphins that have been popping up off the Gulf Coast in recent months.

A new study says cities in the developing world face major problems associated with climate change.

And “deep divisions”  are hampering progress at United Nations climate change talks in Bangkok, Thailand.