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Tropical Storm Karen Heading For U.S. Gulf Coast

Oil and natural gas platforms in the Gulf of Mexico have already been evacuated in anticipation of the storm, which is expected to make landfall as early as Saturday.


Without Key Jobs Data, Markets And Economists Left Guessing

The Labor Department says it won't be releasing its closely watched monthly jobs figures as scheduled on Friday due to the government shutdown. That will leave Federal Reserve policymakers, economists and financial markets without key data for making decisions.

Rick Najera: A Latino In Hollywood Is 'Almost White'

Rick Najera's name may not sound familiar, but his work is famous in Hollywood. Host Michel Martin talks with the funnyman about his career and his book Almost White: Forced Confessions of A Latino in Hollywood.

How Do You Get Paid $400,000 At Carnegie Hall? Be A Stagehand

The famed hall's five full-time stagehands are on strike, and that's already forced the cancellation of one gala. Tax records show their average total compensation is more than $400,000 each a year. The dispute is over whether they'll also be working in the hall's new Education Wing.

Sharp Words Over Shutdown When Lawmaker Visits WWII Memorial

Texas Republican Rep. Randy Neugebauer told a Park Service ranger she should be ashamed for carrying out orders that the World War II Memorial, like other national parks and monuments, be closed. That led to a tense exchange with a passerby, who said it's lawmakers who are to blame. See the video.

Thursday Morning Political Mix

House Republicans talk of a grand bargain to end the crisis fizzled... Sen. Ted Cruz got an earful from fellow Senate Republicans at a private meeting... A shockingly high number of poor people won't be helped by the Affordable Care Act.

Family Dog Eats Couple's Vacation Money

A Montana couple was on vacation when they stopped at a restaurant and left the dog in the car. When they came back, the dog had eaten 5 $100 bills. Pieces of the money was collected post digestion, and the couple has been reimbursed by the U.S. Treasury.

On Day 3 Of Shutdown, It's Deja Vu All Over Again

The partial shutdown continues. The two sides haven't publicly shifted their positions. So once again we turn to that sage of the baseball diamond, Yogi Berra, for the best line on the news that keeps repeating.

Why A Handful Of Hard-Liners Has A Hold On Boehner

To understand House Speaker John Boehner's role in the government shutdown, you have to understand the 30 or so House Republican hard-liners and his relationship with them. Because Republicans have a relatively slim majority in the House, the 30 have more power than their numbers would make it seem.

From Therapy Dogs To New Patients, Federal Shutdown Hits NIH

The Clinical Center at the National Institutes of Health in Maryland is often the last resort for patients who have mysterious, rare or terminal diseases. Patients sometimes call it the "House of Hope." But the government shutdown may mean that prospective patients will be turned away.