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How Political Miscalculations Led To The Shutdown Standoff

Throughout the debate, both Democrats and Republicans have made decisions based on faulty assumptions about the other side. What's still not clear is what it will take to end the crisis.
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Catcher In The Fry? McDonald's Happy Meals With A Side Of Books

For two weeks in November, McDonald's will swap out the toys in its kids' meals for original books that have nutritionally focused themes. The fast-food giant's plunge into publishing has inspired some witty mock Mcbook titles. But critics of its marketing to kids aren't so amused.
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For MacArthur 'Genius,' 'Love' Is The Essence Of Her Art

Visual artist Carrie Mae Weems has been celebrated for her art and activism for decades, and now she can add a MacArthur "genius" grant to her collection. In a conversation with NPR's Michel Martin, Weems discusses life, love and turning 60.
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Want To Feel 5 Years Older? Just Take A Memory Test

How old you feel can affect your physical and mental health. Older people who took a memory test said they felt older after they took the test than they did before. But researchers say this age shift effect can be positive when older people are tested on something they're great at, like word puzzles.
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Former Detroit Mayor Kilpatrick Sentenced To 28 Years

Kwame Kilpatrick was convicted of, among other things, extortion, fraud and conspiracy. During the trial he was accused of running a kick-back scheme that fattened his bank account by tens of thousands of dollars.
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Report: Parks Shutdown Saps $750 Million In Visitor Spending

A dozen of the busiest and biggest U.S. national parks have lost some 7 million visitors because of the partial government shutdown. That's costing the parks and nearby communities tens of millions of dollars a day and potentially hundreds of jobs, according to a new report.
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Salmonella Shutdown? USDA Threatens Closure Of Major Chicken Plants

Foster Farms, the large California-based chicken processor at the center of a major salmonella outbreak, faces the threat of a USDA closure of three of its facilities by the end of the day Thursday. Some 278 people in multiple states have been sickened in the outbreak.
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GOP Offers Debt Ceiling Deal; White House Says 'It's Encouraging'

The plan calls for a six-week extension of the $16.7 trillion debt ceiling that, if implemented, would remove the immediate threat to financial markets. But the proposal would not affect the partial government shutdown.
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Treasury Secretary: Debt Default Would Have Dire Consequences

Jacob Lew tells the Senate Finance Committee that not raising the debt ceiling could "deeply damage financial markets, the ongoing economic recovery, and the jobs and savings of millions of Americans."
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New Numbers Back Up Our Obsession With Phones

You check your phone a lot, even when it's not ringing or buzzing. But just how much? New numbers say it's more than 100 times a day.

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