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What Furlough? GOP Lawmakers Choose How Much Burden To Bear

Even as hundreds of thousands of federal workers stay home, some members of Congress have kept most or all of their own staffs working. With no end to the government shutdown in sight, that's put Republicans on the defensive.
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Tropical Storm Karen Weakens As It Approaches The Gulf Coast

Forecasters were still expecting it to bring significant rain and potential flooding to low-lying areas.
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Shutdown Diary, Day 4: When 'Winning' Isn't Everything

The day centered on a quote attributed to an unnamed source. But one thing President Obama and House Speaker John Boehner could agree on: Nobody's winning in Washington.
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Snake-Handling Preachers Open Up About 'Takin' Up Serpents'

Pastor Jamie Coots says his Pentecostal church is really not that different from other churches. "We sing, we preach, we testify, take up offerings, pray for the sick, everything like everybody else does. Just, every once in a while, snakes are handled," he says.
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You've Got Shutdown Questions. We've Got Answers

Earlier this week, All Things Considered asked you to submit your questions about the shutdown, then assembled a crack team of NPR reporters to answer them. Find out what the government shutdown means for food safety, military pay and more.
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Want To Read Others' Thoughts? Try Reading Literary Fiction

Reading literary fiction improves people's ability to recognize other people's mental states, while popular fiction and nonfiction do not, a study says. That may be because literary fiction tends to focus on the psychology and inner lives of the characters.
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The Last Word On Hormone Therapy From the Women's Health Initiative

Hormone replacement therapy used to be considered a fountain of youth for women. Then studies from the Women's Health Initiative found that HRT raised women's risk of chronic diseases. A final report from the massive study says hormone therapy can help younger women manage menopause symptoms, but it isn't safe for use long-term.
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Google Vs. Facebook: A Map Of Global Conquest

The two powerhouses are the most visited sites in the world, according to the U.K.'s Oxford Internet Institute.
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The 'Faux Friday' Jobs Report: What Economists Can Guesstimate

With the federal government partially shut down there was no September jobs report Friday, leaving some economists suffering data withdrawal. But sorting through unofficial numbers, most economists are fairly sure the labor market continued its steady, modest growth last month, adding perhaps as many as 180,000 jobs.
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When Should Police Use Deadly Force?

Questions about the appropriate use of lethal force have been raised after police fatally shot Miriam Carey Thursday near the U.S. Capitol. Carey had tried to breach a White House security checkpoint with her car before speeding toward the U.S. Capitol. Melissa Block talks with Eugene O'Donnell, a former officer with the New York Police Department and certified police trainer, about the standard protocols for using deadly force.

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