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Weekly Unemployment Claims Spike; Shutdown Gets Some Blame

First-time jobless claims were at 374,000 for the week ending Oct. 5, up from 308,000 the previous week.

Everyone The U.S. Government Owes Money To, In One Graph

If Congress doesn't raise the debt ceiling soon, the U.S. government won't be able to pay its debts. Here's who won't get paid if the government defaults.
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D.C., Maryland Lawmakers To Try And Raise Minimum Wage In Unison

A minimum wage increase to $11.50 is being pushed in unison in the D.C. Council, Montgomery County and Prince George's County.


Top Stories: Obama, GOP Meet; Alice Munro Wins Nobel In Lit

Also: Libya's prime minister is briefly abducted, then set free and 16-year-old Malala Yousafzai is awarded the Sakharov Prize.

Shutdown Hits Usually Stable Business: Government Contractors

About half a million federal workers remain furloughed because of the congressional budget impasse that's keeping the government partially shut down. The closure has entered its tenth day. Contractors that feed off government spending are also feeling the pinch.

Ad Dollars Follow Consumer Eyeballs To Smartphones, Tablets

Mobile advertising nearly tripled in first half of year — reaching $3 billion, according to a report released Wednesday. Advertisers have been trying to find ways to adapt to the mobile environment.

Some Republicans Say Debt Limit Fuss Is A Lot Of Hype

While economists and bankers have been warning that there will be catastrophic consequences if Congress fails to raise the nation's borrowing limit, a small group of Republicans in Congress says that's just not so. They believe the country will not default, even if the debt ceiling is breached.

10 Days Into Shutdown, 'We've Got To Do Better Than This'

A partial federal shutdown has prompted angry debate nationwide. Sen. Michael Bennet, chairman of the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee, tells Steve Inskeep that on the budget impasse issue, "The divide between Democrats and Republicans is less than the divide that exists in the Republican Party."

Man Mows Lawn Around Lincoln Memorial During Shutdown

Because of the partial government shutdown, most of the monumental core in Washington, D.C. is not being maintained. But on Wednesday, Chris Cox of South Carolina bought an old lawn mower and a leaf blower and got to work.

Fidelity Sells Short-Term U.S. Government Debt

Fidelity Investments has sold all of its short-term U.S. government debt. That limits losses for the country's largest manager of money market mutual funds should the U.S. Treasury run out of money on Oct. 17.