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House GOP leaders seek short-term debt extension

Updated: 10/10/2013 - President Barack Obama is hosting top House Republicans to seek an opening in an impasse that has shuttered much of the government and threatens a catastrophic federal default.

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Ex-cop killed after firing at US courthouse in WVa

Posted: 10/10/2013 - Investigators said they are trying to determine why a retired police officer fired up to two dozen shots at a federal courthouse in West Virginia on Wednesday before officers returned fire and killed him.

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Nyad nearing end of NYC swim, raises $84K

Posted: 10/10/2013 - Endurance swimmer Diana Nyad (NY'-ad) is entering the final hours of her marathon Manhattan swim to benefit victims of Superstorm Sandy.

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Charity to pay military death benefits

Posted: 10/10/2013 - The Defense Department typically pays families about $100,000 within three days of a service member's death, but officials say the shutdown was preventing those benefits from being paid.

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Boston school buses rolling again after strike

Posted: 10/09/2013 - Boston school buses started rolling again Wednesday morning, the day after a surprise strike by about 600 drivers, but school officials warned that the dispute that led to the work stoppage was not resolved.

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Michigan governor to testify about Detroit bankruptcy

Posted: 10/09/2013 - Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder will take questions under oath Wednesday as labor unions and other creditors in Detroit's bankruptcy try to understand why he signed off on the largest public filing in U.S. history.

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Shutdown means no new beer from craft brewers

Updated: 10/09/2013 - Stores will still offer plenty of suds. But the shutdown has closed an obscure agency that quietly approves new breweries, recipes and labels.

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Poll: GOP gets the blame in shutdown

Posted: 10/09/2013 - Americans are holding Republicans primarily responsible for the partial government shutdown as public esteem sinks for all players in the impasse, President Barack Obama among them, according to a new poll.

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US adults score below average on worldwide test

Posted: 10/08/2013 - It's long been known that America's school kids haven't measured well compared with international peers. Now, there's a new twist: Adults don't either.

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Charges expected in Wash. soldier's fatal stabbing

Posted: 10/08/2013 - The Pierce County prosecutor says there may have been some "trash talk" during a fatal confrontation between two groups of soldiers in Lakewood, Wash., but there's no indication that race was the issue.

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In Vegas, eye in the sky guards money, not guests

Posted: 10/08/2013 - She said she's haunted by the thought of what might have happened if she hadn't had her phone. "Something could happen and no one would know it 'till the end of the shift," she said.

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Ark. reporter survives days lost in Texas park

Posted: 10/08/2013 - She and her husband, Rick McFarland, decided that he would set out in Texas' remote Big Bend Ranch State Park to find help, leaving her behind. For two more days, she waited it out, using a small tree for shade.

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Gov't shutdown enters 2nd week, no end in sight

Posted: 10/07/2013 - Washington will be closely watching the financial markets on Monday to see if the uncompromising talk rattles Wall Street and worldwide economies just 10 days before the threat of default would be imminent.

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NY probes rights sold to 'World Trade Center'

Posted: 10/07/2013 - New York is expanding its probe nationwide into the 1980s sale of the rights to the name "World Trade Center" to a nonprofit for $10, resulting in millions of dollars in fees for use of the name in 28 states.

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Tribes mishandle funds, go unpunished

Posted: 10/07/2013 - American Indian tribes have been caught misappropriating tens of millions of taxpayer dollars, according to internal tribal audits and other documents.

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