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D.C. Restores Reserves After Government Shutdown

The city spent more than $148 million out of its contingency cash reserves during the 16-day shutdown to keep the city running. That left a little more than $1.5 million in the fund.

The district's Office of the Chief Financial Officer says that $148 million has been put back into the fund, restoring its starting balance of just under $150 million.

The city was prepared to tap additional reserves once the contingency fund ran out, but that didn't prove necessary.

The city also lost tax revenue during the shutdown, and it won't be reimbursed for picking up trash on National Park Service property.

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Anne Tyler: "A Spool Of Blue Thread" (Rebroadcast)

In her first live radio interview ever, Pulitzer Prize winning author Anne Tyler joins Diane to talk about her 20th novel, "A Spool of Blue Thread."


Fine Brine From Appalachia: The Fancy Mountain Salt That Chefs Prize

An artisanal salt producer is processing brine from ancient ocean deposits below West Virgina's mountains. The company, J.Q. Dickinson Salt-Works, ships to top chefs who value the salt's minerality.

Downed Russian Warplane Highlights Regional Divide On Syria

Hugh Pope, director of communications and outreach at the International Crisis Group in Brussels, explains the growing divide between Turkey and Russia on their priorities inside Syria.

From Takeout To Breakups: Apps Can Deliver Anything, For A Price

Convenience is at an all-time premium — and a lot of smartphone apps promise to make many of the things we do every day easier. In a time-crunch or sheer laziness, how far will the apps take us?

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