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Boulder, Colo., Feels Furlough Government Workers' Pain

Boulder, Colorado, is home to a large number of non-essential workers furloughed by the government shutdown. The economic impact is beginning to be felt in the city as the political standoff has continued. It is now in its 11th day.
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North Dakota Farmer Finds Major Oil Spill

A farmer was harvesting when he found crude oil spewing out of the ground and covering an area the size of seven football fields. More than 20,000 barrels have been contained. The oil came out of a pipeline owned by Texas-based Tesoro Logistics.
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One National Park Remains Open During Federal Shutdown

Because of the budget impasse in Washington, D.C., most national parks have been closed. In New Jersey, one remains open: Paterson Great Falls National Historical Park. It is being cared for by the city of Paterson.
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Reason For Optimism? Two Sides Talking On Debt Ceiling

There were talks at the White House on Thursday between President Obama and Republican leaders. House Speaker Boehner proposed a six-week extension on raising the debt ceiling. He did not mention anything about completely reopening the federal government.
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Web Glitches Hinder Mississippians Signing Up For Insurance

Mississippi is one of 34 states that has let the federal government run its health insurance exchange. It has had the same glitches and long wait times as other states. Despite the trouble, people are slowly signing up.
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Commissions From Managed-Futures Market Can Wipe Out Profits

Steve Inskeep talks to David Evans about his investigative piece appearing in the November issue of Bloomberg Markets Magazine. The story, "Fleeced by Fees," is about consumers losing profits on their financial investments due to fees and commissions.
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Mood Changes: Parties Are Talking About Budget Deadlock

The partial government shutdown has entered its 11th day. The White House and Republican leaders met on Thursday. And for the first time, there's a sense of optimism that the parties might get the budget standoff settled.
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The Shutdown News Isn't All Bad For A Few American Indian Tribes

The government shutdown has some American Indian tribes bracing for the worst. They've seen cuts to food distribution, child care and financial assistance. At the same time, a handful of northern Arizona tribes are seeing an unexpected spike in tourists who were turned away from nearby national parks.
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Boeing Will Restructure Marketing, Commercial Plane Strategy

The move follows the loss of a $9.5 billion contract to Airbus. And it also comes the day two 787s were diverted after snags.
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Starbucks Pours Money, And Health Hype, Into Pricey Juice

Starbucks is investing big bucks in its Evolution Fresh line of cold-pressed juices with a massive new factory. Food scientists say all the hype around premium juices may get some consumers to boost their fruit and vegetable consumption. But these pricier juices, they say, are no more nutritious than regular old fruits and vegetables.

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