Thousands of IRS workers will have to go back to work without pay during the government shutdown. The 46-thousand IRS employees are being recalled to help process and dole out tax refunds to folks. In previous government shutdowns, the White House policy has been to halt refunds for taxpayers until funding was restored.    Attorney General-nominee William Barr thinks Special Counsel Robert Mueller [[ MULL-er ]] should be allowed to complete his investigation of Russian influence in the 2016 presidential campaign. During his Senate confirmation hearing today, the 68-year-old Barr argued it's in the country's best interest for Mueller to produce a final report. Under questioning by Delaware Democrat Chris Coons, Barr said he would refuse a presidential direction to fire Mueller without good cause.    One American is dead in a terrorist attack in Kenya. At least 15 people were killed when gunmen stormed Nairobi's 14 Riverside Drive complex. Somalia-based al-Shabaab claimed responsibility for the attack on the upscale hotel.    Suspected Mexican drug lord Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman is reportedly considering testifying in his own trial. The New York Daily News says Guzman's lawyers have submitted his name to the government as a potential witness for the defense. While his name was submitted, one attorney tells the paper a final decision has not yet been made.    Broadway musical legend Carol Channing has died at the age of 97. Her publicist, Harlan Boll, says the saucer-eyed actress died of natural causes early today at her home in Rancho Mirage, California. Channing starred in such Golden Age classics as Hello, Dolly! for which she won a Tony Award, plus Gentlemen Prefer Blondes.