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Ill. Governor Touts Health Exchange Legislature Rejected

On the first day of the new health care marketplaces opening Tuesday, Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn is touting the benefits of the Affordable Care Act. This, even though he couldn't manage to convince his legislature that the state should run its own exchange, leaving Illinois to partner with the federal government.
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A Rapid Shift For Jews Away From Religion, But Not Jewishness

A new survey by the Pew Center found that a growing number of Jews identify as nonreligious and are marrying non-Jews. And despite the shift in religious affiliation, the vast majority say they are proud to be Jewish.
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How The Shutdown Is Affecting The Military

Pentagon lawyers are still tinkering with funds and legal interpretations to figure out what services they can offer. One of the challenges for military families is figuring out what's open and closed.
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Shutdown Leaves Program Feeding Women And Infants In Lurch

Some state programs serving low-income women with young children at nutritional risk may run out of funding by next week. Other states have enough funding to provide benefits — which average $45 per month — through October.
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Agency Websites Shut Down With The Government

If you're trying to look up some key facts on Census.gov or several other federal sites, you're out of luck. Many government websites, including those for the Library of Congress and USDA, were taken offline.
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No Talks Underway To Resolve Shutdown

Democrats appeared to have the initial public opinion advantage on the shutdown. A new Quinnipiac poll found 72 percent opposed to a government shutdown to stop the Affordable Care Act.
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For Middle-Aged Women, Stress May Raise Alzheimer's Risk

Stressful events in midlife, like the death of a spouse or loss of a job, increased the risk of dementia for women in old age, according to a Swedish study. The researchers couldn't say whether some women's habits, such as regular exercise, lowered the risk from stress.
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What Shutdown? WWII Vets Ignore Barricades To See Memorial

The veterans traveled from Mississippi only to find the National World War II Memorial closed, because of the shutdown. Shortly thereafter, they took matters into their own hands.
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Connecticut's Insurance Website Struggles At Opening

Shortly after 9:00 a.m., the state's insurance website was live. In almost no time there had been more than 100,000 visits, and someone had already enrolled by 9:30. But throughout the morning, it was tough to get the website to load.
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The Mars Rover? That's Shut Down, Too

The National Zoo's Panda Cam and the Bureau of Land Management's wild horse and burro adoption program are also among the federal government services that have been affected by the shutdown.

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