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National Parks Close As Other Public Lands Stay Open

From Acadia in Maine to Zion in Utah to the North Cascades in Washington, America's 401 national park areas have gates blocking entrance roads. National forest and Bureau of Land Management lands would nearly be impossible to close because there are so many access points.
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Reid's Tactics In Shutdown Drama, And His Rhetoric, Draw Notice

As the leader of Senate Democrats, Harry Reid has been in a lot of fights — but this one may be different, in that Reid has drawn a line. After a meeting with other congressional leaders and President Obama on Wednesday, Reid said: "The one thing we made very clear ... we are locked in tight on Obamacare."
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While Others Underfunded Pensions, Milwaukee Held Firm

Nationwide, many cash-strapped cities have raided funds intended for retirees or have chronically underfunded their pension systems. But despite a budget crunch, Milwaukee's fund has consistently ranked among the nation's top pension programs. Even so, some changes lie ahead for city workers.
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Back To Work After A Baby, But Without Health Insurance

Pardit Pri left her job as a legal assistant when she had a baby. She thought she'd be able to find a new job with health insurance, but so far has only found contract work with no benefits. She's not sure if her state's new health exchange will make sense for her, given her uncertain income.
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Studying The Science Behind Child Prodigies

Matt Haimovitz is 42 and a world-renowned cellist. His mother took him to many concerts as a kid, but nothing in his family history explains where he got his extraordinary talent. And that's typical, says Ellen Winner, a psychology professor at Boston College who has spent much of her career studying prodigies.
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Small Businesses May Find Insurance Relief In Exchanges

Small businesses can now buy health insurance tailored for their needs on marketplaces established by the Affordable Care Act. But it's not clear how much relief the exchanges will offer from high prices that are a longstanding problem for small business. And they will almost certainly require more paperwork.
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The Man Behind The Shadowy Illicit Drug Market, Silk Road

Federal agents arrested Ross Ulbricht, 29, known as "Dread Pirate Roberts," and took $3.6 million in Bitcoin. They're calling it the largest seizure of the popular digital currency in history.
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Designer Marc Jacobs Says 'Au Revoir' To Louis Vuitton

After 16 years Jacobs has decided to turn his full attention to his own company. Vuitton management says, "C'est la vie!"
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Shutdown Diary: Day 2

The second day of the government shutdown found President Obama in talks with congressional leaders at the White House. Elsewhere, conservative activists were busy targeting House Republicans who appeared ready to break ranks.
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Some Are Benefiting From The Government Shutdown

Furloughed workers? Deserted national parks? OK, that's a problem. But here's a little silver lining to the crisis: Displaced tourists are turning to other attractions, restaurants are turning hungry government workers into customers, and ironic T-shirts about the crisis are flying off the racks.

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