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Wilted Reputations Left By Shutdown And Default Threat

There was a sense of relief Thursday as the U.S. government went back to work and once again skipped past default. But around the world, many investors wonder whether the U.S. is going to be in fiscal crisis mode for some time to come, and how the country's currency and creditworthiness will be viewed by others.
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Nearly Two Years Later, A Controversial Rape Case Is Reviewed

In March 2012, two Missouri high school athletes were charged in a sexual assault case — and the charges were dropped three months later. Now, a county prosecutor will ask a judge to look at accusations. The firestorm surrounding the case was fueled in part by "hacktivist" crusaders Anonymous.
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With Shutdown Over, The Race To Feed Low-Income Seniors Is On

An assistance program for low-income seniors has its funding back. During the shutdown, food sat untouched in warehouses across the country. Some seniors wondered how they would get their next meal. Now, volunteers are scrambling to get the food to those who need it.
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Moms Petition Mars To Remove Artificial Dyes From M&M's

The petition to candy-maker Mars is motivated by concerns that artificial colorings can make some kids hyperactive. In Europe, natural dyes have now outstripped their artificial counterparts.
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Businesses, City Relieved By Return Of Federal Workers

It was back to work Thursday for thousands of federal employees in Washington, D.C., following the end of the 16-day government shutdown. The return to work was also a relief for business owners and city officials, who have been hurt by the loss of income from federal workers and tourists.
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Tourists And Business Welcome Reopened National Parks

National Parks are reopening after the government shutdown. Many visitors and nearby businesses had been frustrated that Washington's inability to reach a budget deal had also meant the ruin of vacations and the loss of tourism business.
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NFL Fans Weigh Impact Of Players' Head Injuries

It's been a week since the documentary League of Denial and the book by the same name revealed how the NFL denied and tried to cover up evidence connecting football and brain damage. As the news about concussions mounts, and the NFL faces the issue, this country's love of football may be challenged.
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4 Things To Know About Cory Booker's Election

With his media savvy and national celebrity, the senator-elect from New Jersey is already a recognizable figure outside his home state.
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How The GOP's Shutdown Over Obamacare Fell Short

A tax on medical devices stays in place, as does financial help for health coverage for staffers in Congress and the executive branch. One putative win doesn't amount to much. Legal language that would require the government to certify it's verifying the income of people getting subsidies is largely redundant.
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Economists Fear 'Flying Blind' Without Government Data

The federal shutdown that ended Thursday left markets, economists and Federal Reserve policymakers with a gap in economic data. Government economists are scrambling to pull together their long-delayed reports on unemployment and other key statistics.

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