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Budget Process Isn't Over. Are More Shutdowns Ahead?

By wide margins in both the House and the Senate, Congress voted Wednesday night to end a 16-day partial government shutdown. The measure also delays the debt ceiling deadline until early February. House and Senate Budget committees have until Dec. 13 to reconcile competing budgets.
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Government Workers Must Get The Wheel Turning Again

President Obama has signed legislation that ends the partial government shutdown and raises the U.S. debt ceiling. The Office of Management and Budget says federal employees should report to work Thursday. But it will take some time until all the agencies are back up to speed.
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Financial Markets React Positively To U.S. Debt Deal

Congress has approved an 11th-hour measure to end a partial government shutdown and pull the country back from the brink of a historic debt default. Now that a financial calamity has been avoided, how did overseas markets react?
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Grandma Exodus: German Seniors Look To Poland For Care

A recent U.N. study rated Germany high in quality of life for seniors. Even so many Germans spend their final days in Eastern European countries like Poland where elder care is less expensive. The practice has some asking whether it's wrong to send loved ones far away to save money.
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U.S. Economy Takes A Hit After Partial Government Shutdown

Standard & Poor's estimates the 16-day government shutdown cost the U.S. economy roughly $24 billion. Because of that, the credit rating agency says it is lowering its estimate for U.S. economic growth in the fourth quarter to just over 2 percent.
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After 16 Days, All Federal Employees Are To Report To Work

Now that the government shutdown is over, federal workers have been ordered back on the job. In Washington D.C., there's been a visible increase in traffic.
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The Roots Of Franchising Took Hold In A Hair Salon Chain

Franchising is commonplace throughout the retail and service economy, whose pioneers included a former servant turned hair salon owner in the late 19th century. Such businesses are not for everyone, but Gary Robins, who owns dozens of Supercuts, says the setup has allowed him to grow more quickly than if he were on his own.
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If A Tech Company Had Built The Federal Health Care Website

The rollout of the health care exchange has been plagued by a host of technical problems. Entrepreneurs in Silicon Valley likely would have approached the website differently from the beginning — one former startup employee says that has to do with how projects are funded.
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Longshoremen On Strike In Baltimore Harbor

One of the nation's busiest ports has ground to a halt as 1,200 Baltimore longshoremen strike for a better contract.

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So What Happens If The Movement To Label GMOs Succeeds?

The campaign to label foods containing genetically modified organisms is gaining ground in some parts of the U.S. But GMO ingredients are found in some 70 percent of foods we buy in the U.S. Would a ubiquitous GMO label scare off consumers, or would they learn to accept it and buy anyway?

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