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Want To Feel 5 Years Older? Just Take A Memory Test

How old you feel can affect your physical and mental health. Older people who took a memory test said they felt older after they took the test than they did before. But researchers say this age shift effect can be positive when older people are tested on something they're great at, like word puzzles.
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Former Detroit Mayor Kilpatrick Sentenced To 28 Years

Kwame Kilpatrick was convicted of, among other things, extortion, fraud and conspiracy. During the trial he was accused of running a kick-back scheme that fattened his bank account by tens of thousands of dollars.
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Report: Parks Shutdown Saps $750 Million In Visitor Spending

A dozen of the busiest and biggest U.S. national parks have lost some 7 million visitors because of the partial government shutdown. That's costing the parks and nearby communities tens of millions of dollars a day and potentially hundreds of jobs, according to a new report.
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Salmonella Shutdown? USDA Threatens Closure Of Major Chicken Plants

Foster Farms, the large California-based chicken processor at the center of a major salmonella outbreak, faces the threat of a USDA closure of three of its facilities by the end of the day Thursday. Some 278 people in multiple states have been sickened in the outbreak.
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GOP Offers Debt Ceiling Deal; White House Says 'It's Encouraging'

The plan calls for a six-week extension of the $16.7 trillion debt ceiling that, if implemented, would remove the immediate threat to financial markets. But the proposal would not affect the partial government shutdown.
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Treasury Secretary: Debt Default Would Have Dire Consequences

Jacob Lew tells the Senate Finance Committee that not raising the debt ceiling could "deeply damage financial markets, the ongoing economic recovery, and the jobs and savings of millions of Americans."
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New Numbers Back Up Our Obsession With Phones

You check your phone a lot, even when it's not ringing or buzzing. But just how much? New numbers say it's more than 100 times a day.
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As Health Insurance Choices Multiply, Buyers Face Challenges

Some brokers and insurers are selling policies approved for the new exchanges along with traditional health coverage. Subsidies will be available only for the plans that got the OK for sale on exchanges. Sorting through the options won't be simple.
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Koch Industries Pushes Back Against Harry Reid

After Reid accused them of leading a two-pronged campaign against the ACA and for a government shutdown, the conservative billionaires accused the Senate majority leader of spreading "false information."
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Latino Hackers: Encouraging Innovation

Latinos are some of the biggest consumers of social media in the U.S., but when it comes to developing the technology, the numbers aren't very high. Host Michel Martin speaks with Oscar G. Torres, who is hosting hackathons to encourage Latino innovation.

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