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Signs of movement emerged in the impasse that led to the government shutdown and debt-ceiling crises... Many key Republicans shifted their focus to entitlements and away from Obamacare... Treasury Secretary Lew was expected to take on default deniers during a Capitol Hill visit.

Shutdown Day 10: Obama, GOP To Meet Amid Signs Of Possible Thaw

The president and a select group of 18 House Republicans are scheduled to go head-to-head at the White House at noon.

Colorado Ethics Watch To Get To The Bottom of Free Pot

Some people in Colorado opposed a measure to tax marijuana, which is now legal. Opponents of the pot tax have been giving away free joints at their campaign events. Ethics Watch says somebody is paying for the weed, and says tax opponents should disclose who made the contribution.

Hawaiian Company Adds Spam Flavored Macadamia Nuts

The Hamakua Macadamia Nut Company says the new Spam flavoring is meat free. Good news for any Spam loving vegetarians out there. President Richard Schnitzler said Spam has a cult following in Hawaii.

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.

Foundation To Pay Military Death Benefits During Shutdown

The partial government shutdown has forced the Pentagon to delay payments to the families of troops killed while serving in the U.S. military. Normally these families would receive a $100,000 payment three days after the death of member of the Armed Forces. More than 20 have died since the shutdown began. A private, non-profit group called the Fisher House Foundation will pay the death benefits during the shutdown.

Texas Couple Props Up Head Start While Government Is Closed

Laura and John Arnold of Houston have pledged up to $10 million to keep the Head Start program running in six states. The preschool program for children from low-income families abruptly closed in some areas last Friday because of a lack of funding.

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."