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A political journalist tells congressional Republicans to pull the trigger on a government shutdown and debt default... Speaker Boehner's attempt to placate his House GOP caucus' hardliners fails ... Someone goes cute and furry to sell Obamacare.
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North Texas See Mass Migration Of Spiders

Long silky strands were seen falling across the skies of North Texas this week. It turns out, these were web strands as long as 20 feet and floating for miles. The webs were produced by a large cluster of baby spiders that had just hatched. They use the long silk line to migrate.
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Bream's Slide Decades Ago Dashed Pittsburgh's Playoff Hopes

David Greene speaks to Sid Bream, the former Atlanta Braves player whose dramatic slide into home plate ended the Pittsburgh Pirates last playoff run in 1992. A Pennsylvania native and former Pirate, Bream is now cheering for the Pirates as they return to the post season for the first time in 21 years.
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House GOP Leaders Gear Up For Debt Ceiling Battle

Even as the potential government shutdown drama remains unresolved, House Republican leaders are moving on to the next deadline: the debt ceiling. Economists say defaulting on payments could be catastrophic, but many House Republicans believe the debt ceiling is the best place to take a stand. Some even say the risk of default really isn't all that bad.
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Failing Students Get 'Wired' For Success At Georgia Factory

An electric wire factory in western Georgia is staffed almost entirely by teenagers. They are there because of a partnership between a local company, Southwire, and the Carroll County school system. They teamed up six years ago to try to reduce the high school dropout rate.
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Houston Gears Up For Obamacare, Despite GOP Opposition

Leading Texas politicians have resisted the federal health care law. But in Houston, community groups and public health agencies are trying to educate the city's 800,000 uninsured residents about new coverage options.
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How Recycling Bias Affects What You Toss Where

People tend to throw whole pieces of paper in the recycling bin — and fragments of paper in the trash. Research on the trend finds that we may be acting on unconscious prejudice about what is worth recycling.
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Dad To Son: 'I Was Not Going To Let You Drop'

Josh Lampert's parents helped him through a rough period and, in his opinion, saved his life. "You do that for your kids," says his father, Chuck.
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Students Find Ways To Hack School-Issued iPads Within A Week

Los Angeles Unified School District started issuing iPads to its students this school year, as part of a $30 million deal with Apple. But less than a week after getting their iPads, hundreds of students had found a way to bypass software blocks meant to limit what websites the students can use.
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Famous For Filibuster, Wendy Davis To Run For Texas Governor

It's been a big week for Texas politicians making national news by talking. And talking. First it was Sen. Ted Cruz, and his 21-hour filibuster-like smackdown of Obamacare. Now Wendy Davis is reportedly running for Texas governor. She, of course, is the state lawmaker who made national news with the filibuster of an abortion bill.

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