National briefs: Normal flight traffic expected

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NEW YORK -- The Federal Aviation Administration said the U.S. air traffic system will resume normal operations by this evening after lawmakers rushed a bill through Congress allowing the agency to withdraw furloughs of air traffic controllers and other workers.

The FAA said Saturday that it has suspended all employee furloughs and that traffic facilities will begin returning to regular staffing levels in the next 24 hours. The furloughs were fallout from the $85 billion in automatic-across-the-board spending cuts this spring.

The furloughs started to hit air traffic controllers this past week, causing flight delays that left thousands of travelers frustrated and furious. Planes were forced to take off and land less frequently, so as not to overload the remaining controllers on duty.

The FAA had no choice but to cut $637 million as its share of $85 billion in automatic, government-wide spending cuts that must be achieved by the end of the federal budget year on Sept. 30.

Breyer's shoulder injury

WASHINGTON -- Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer was recovering in a Washington hospital Saturday after shoulder replacement surgery following a bicycle accident.

Court spokeswoman Kathy Arberg said Justice Breyer, 74, is expected to make a full recovery following the operation Saturday. He injured his right shoulder in a fall Friday near the Korean War Veterans Memorial.

Woman, 4 kids die in fire

NEWNAN, Ga. -- A woman and four young children died early Saturday as a fire engulfed a house in west Georgia, and authorities said only an 11-year-old girl who was woken by her mother escaped. The woman died trying to save the remaining children.

Commissioner Ralph Hudgens ruled that the fire in Newnan, about 40 miles southwest of Atlanta, was accidental.

The fire killed Alonna McCrary, 27, as well as daughters Eriel McCrary, 5, Nikia White, 2, according to Mr. Allen. Two other children -- Messiah White, 3, and McKenzie Florence, 2 -- who were sleeping over also died, he said. The child who escaped, Nautica McCrary, 11, was treated for smoke inhalation.

Tax cheats coming clean

WASHINGTON -- The Internal Revenue Service has recouped more than $5.5 billion under a series of programs that offered reduced penalties and no jail time to people who voluntarily disclosed assets they were hiding overseas, government investigators said Friday.

In all, more than 39,000 tax cheats have come clean under the programs.

Government investigators suspect that thousands of other taxpayers have quietly started reporting foreign accounts without paying any penalties or interest. The number of people reporting foreign accounts to the IRS nearly doubled from 2007 to 2010, to 516,000 accounts, a report by the Government Accountability Office said.

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