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Democrats Focus Government Shutdown Blame On Boehner

For days, House Speaker John Boehner has said all he wants is for President Obama to talk to him, to negotiate, to compromise. But Senate Democrats say they did talk, they did negotiate, they did compromise — and all it got them was Boehner reneging on a deal when his Tea Party caucus wouldn't accept it. Those bad feelings are hurting chances for a new agreement.
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Anxious St. Louis Businesses Want Shutdown To End

The partial government shutdown is now in its eighth day, and experts say the closure could be siphoning as much as $300 million out of the economy every day. St. Louis is home to around 25,000 federal workers, and just like in other cities across the country, many of those workers are wondering when they'll get back to work.
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WNBA's All-Time Top Scorer Tina Thompson Retires

The WNBA's biggest star, Tina Thompson of the Seattle Storm, has just retired. She played in each of the league's 17 seasons. She won four championships and two Olympic gold medals. Steve Inskeep talks to Thompson, who never dreamed of becoming a professional basketball player.
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Examining The Special Ops 'Tool Kit'

Renee Montagne talks to Linda Robinson about the raids by U.S. Special Operations Forces in Libya and Somalia over the weekend. Robinson is author of "One Hundred Victories: Special Ops and the Future of American Warfare. She says drones and raids are a key part of the game plan by Special Ops.
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Federal Workers Cut Back As Shutdown Enters Week 2

Communities across the nation are feeling the impact of the partial government shutdown. To learn more, Renee Montagne and Steve Inskeep turn to Americans from all corners of the country to hear how they're coping with a closed government.
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Jury Selection To Begin For Trial Of Madoff Employees

Almost five years after Bernie Madoff was arrested for fraud, some of his former employees are about to go on trial in New York. The case is expected to focus on how much the employees knew about Madoff's Ponzi scheme.
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Calif. Law Allows Undocumented Immigrants To Practice Law

Sergio Garcia passed the California bar exam four years ago. The bar granted Garcia a law license but then rescinded it because he was undocumented. Gov. Jerry Brown has since signed a measure into law that permits undocumented immigrants to be a licenses attorneys.
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Phase 2 Of BP Trial Focuses On Amount Of Spilled Oil

Both the U.S. government and BP have estimates on just how much oil spilled into the Gulf of Mexico after the Deepwater Horizon explosion in 2010. The problem: They reached two different numbers. At stake is up to $18 billion in fines and penalties under federal environmental laws.
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Hastert: Primary Challenges Making Congress 'Kind Of Neurotic'

"All of a sudden, people are looking over their shoulders," says former House Speaker Dennis Hastert. He says changes in the way campaigns are financed have led members of Congress to worry that if they're seen as not liberal or not conservative enough, they'll be challenged by their own party.
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Enter The Quiet Zone: Where Cell Service, Wi-Fi Are Banned

For the few hundred people living in the cell- and wireless-free town of Green Bank, W.Va., staying connected — to each other and to the outside world — is a daily challenge. The area is within a zone designed to protect a giant radio telescope from interference.

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