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U.S. Shutdown May Be Driving Traffic To 'Sugar Daddy' Sites

Since the shutdown began, a dating site that pairs women with sugar daddies says it's had a 50 percent jump in new daily members. There's no way to know for sure that the shutdown is responsible, but SeekingArrangment.com says it's unusual for its business to surge at this time of year.
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Angola 3 Inmate Tastes Brief, 'Bittersweet' Freedom

Herman Wallace was released from prison in Louisiana on Tuesday after more than 40 years in solitary confinement. A judge overturned his conviction on the grounds that Wallace had been denied a fair trial. Wallace died just three days later.
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150 Years After Battle Of Gettysburg, Shutdown Hindering History Tours

As the federal government shutdown continues, national parks across the country remain closed to visitors. That includes the famous Gettysburg battlefield in Pennsylvania. But this year is the 150th anniversary of the battle that many historians consider the turning point of the Civil War. And Gettysburg is fighting to keep some of the crowds coming, even without federal funds.
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Behind JPMorgan's Potentially Massive Settlement With Feds

JPMorgan Chase could be facing the largest bank fine in U.S. history, an $11 billion settlement related to allegations of mortgage abuse during the housing crisis. Heidi Moore, U.S. finance and economics editor at the Guardian, explains what led to the negotiation between federal bank regulators and one of the world's largest financial institutions.
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Developers At Indie Game Festival Looking For Big Break

The IndieCade Festival going on this weekend outside Los Angeles is known as the "Sundance" of the video game world. For independent game developers, it's a chance to showcase their work and meet with scouts from the industry's biggest names with dreams of becoming the next Grand Theft Auto.
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What A Downed Black Hawk In Somalia Taught America

It's been 20 years since the Battle of Mogadishu, a mission gone wrong that cost 18 American lives. The operation and its aftermath left an opening for extremists, says journalist Mark Bowden, and made the U.S. more cautious about sending troops into foreign conflicts. Would the operation go differently today?
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Pentagon Recalls 'Most' Furloughed Civilian Workers

The plan will bring hundreds of thousands of workers back to work next week. News of the recall comes hours after the House of Representatives passed a bill approving back pay for 800,000 federal workers idled by the government shutdown.
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Pirate Joe's Celebrates Dismissal Of Trader Joe's Lawsuit

Pirate Joe's, the Vancouver store that sells Trader Joe's products in Canada, has won a battle in its legal fight against the supermarket chain. A U.S. district court judge dismissed a trademark infringement lawsuit this week.
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Man Who Set Fire To Himself On On National Mall Reportedly Dies

The man who set himself on fire on the National Mall in Washington, D.C., Friday has died of his injuries, according to a police spokesman. The man reportedly used gasoline to commit the act, which drew attempts from passers-by to extinguish the flames.
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House Passes Bill Allowing Back Pay For Furloughed Workers

Federal workers who were furloughed by a government shutdown will receive back pay once they return to work, if a bill passed by the House of Representatives Saturday meets Senate approval. The White House has said it favors such a move.

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