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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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From Broadway To TV, An Actress' Death Takes Us Down Cultural Rabbit Hole

Beth Howland died on Wednesday at age 74. One of her best known roles, was as the original Amy in Stephen Sondheim's "Company." Looking into her past can lead you down a pop culture spiral.
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'Sweetbitter' Is A Savory Saga Of Restaurant Life And Love

Oysters, cocaine, fine wine, love triangles: Stephanie Danler's debut novel Sweetbitter follows a year in the life of a young woman working at a top-tier Manhattan restaurant.
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Is Primary Rivalry Making The Democratic Party Stronger Like It Did In 2008?

It's not the first time we've seen a bitter end to the Democratic primaries. In 2008, divisive moments came through personal attacks. But back then, Clinton and Obama pushed similar ideologies.
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After Breast Cancer Diagnosis, She Channeled Her Ups And Downs Into Texts

NPR's Scott Simon talks with Natalie Sun about her project, textingwithcancer.com. The website won a Webby award, and documents her pessimism and optimism while undergoing chemotherapy.

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