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Budget Process Isn't Over. Are More Shutdowns Ahead?

By wide margins in both the House and the Senate, Congress voted Wednesday night to end a 16-day partial government shutdown. The measure also delays the debt ceiling deadline until early February. House and Senate Budget committees have until Dec. 13 to reconcile competing budgets.
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Government Workers Must Get The Wheel Turning Again

President Obama has signed legislation that ends the partial government shutdown and raises the U.S. debt ceiling. The Office of Management and Budget says federal employees should report to work Thursday. But it will take some time until all the agencies are back up to speed.
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After 16 Days, All Federal Employees Are To Report To Work

Now that the government shutdown is over, federal workers have been ordered back on the job. In Washington D.C., there's been a visible increase in traffic.
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The Roots Of Franchising Took Hold In A Hair Salon Chain

Franchising is commonplace throughout the retail and service economy, whose pioneers included a former servant turned hair salon owner in the late 19th century. Such businesses are not for everyone, but Gary Robins, who owns dozens of Supercuts, says the setup has allowed him to grow more quickly than if he were on his own.
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If A Tech Company Had Built The Federal Health Care Website

The rollout of the health care exchange has been plagued by a host of technical problems. Entrepreneurs in Silicon Valley likely would have approached the website differently from the beginning — one former startup employee says that has to do with how projects are funded.
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The Fiscal Fight's Winners And Losers

Careers and reputations are often forged in crisis, and the government shutdown and debt ceiling tumult that has gripped Washington for weeks is one of those moments.
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So What Happens If The Movement To Label GMOs Succeeds?

The campaign to label foods containing genetically modified organisms is gaining ground in some parts of the U.S. But GMO ingredients are found in some 70 percent of foods we buy in the U.S. Would a ubiquitous GMO label scare off consumers, or would they learn to accept it and buy anyway?
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To Reduce Patient Falls, Hospitals Try Alarms, More Nurses

Patients fall in just a small fraction of hospital visits. But safety experts say bad falls should be called "never events" and shouldn't ever happen inside hospitals. There's a difference of opinion over the best way to reduce hazardous falls.
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More Angst For College Applicants: A Glitchy Common App

Applying to college is stressful at the best of times. But technical flaws in the online Common Application, used by hundreds of colleges, have sparked panic among some high school seniors. With deadlines approaching, some schools are making backup plans — like a return to mail or even faxed applications.
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Public Opinion Toward Tea Party Hits Low Point

Since 2010, negative views toward the Tea Party have nearly doubled, and the number of "very unfavorable" views of the group has tripled.

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