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Stop being so stupid, voters tweet to Congress

WASHINGTON (AP) — The roiling debate over the U.S. government shutdown is extending to Twitter, Facebook and Instagram as fed-up Americans turn to social media to register their disgust with federal lawmakers for shutting down the government.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 02 October 2013

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US businesses worry about a prolonged shutdown

NEW YORK (AP) — As the government's partial shutdown enters a second day, most companies across the country are doing business as usual. Yet concern is rising that a prolonged shutdown would cause some work at private companies to dry up and consumers to lose faith in the U.S. economy.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 02 October 2013

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Lawmakers still get a check, even in shutdown mode

WASHINGTON (AP) — There's at least one constant in a government shutdown: The 532 members of Congress continue to be paid — at a cost of $10,583.85 per hour to taxpayers.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 02 October 2013

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Insurance markets open to surge of new customers

CHICAGO (AP) — The online insurance marketplaces that are at the heart of President Barack Obama's health care overhaul struggled to handle the wave of new consumers Tuesday, the first day of a six-month open-enrollment period.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 01 October 2013

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Obama hits GOP 'ideological crusade' in shutdown

WASHINGTON (AP) — Congress hung "Closed" signs on a big swath of the government Tuesday and sent home 800,000 workers in what President Barack Obama labeled an "ideological crusade" by the GOP. On Capitol Hill, Democrats and Republicans traded blame for the first partial government shutdown in nearly two decades.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 01 October 2013

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Markets rise even as US government shutdown starts

NEW YORK (AP) — Investors stayed calm on the first day of a partial shutdown of the U.S. government Tuesday and sent the stock market modestly higher.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 01 October 2013

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Pope urges reform, wants church with modern spirit

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis says he doesn't want a "Vatican-centric" church concerned about itself but a missionary church that reaches out to the poor, the young, the elderly and even to non-believers. That's the vision he laid out as he opened a landmark meeting Tuesday on reforming the 2,000-year-old institution.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 01 October 2013

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Sour food, shattered glass: Cleaning Kenya's mall

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — The sour odor of rotting food overwhelms the senses. Shattered glass crunches underfoot. And evidence of looting is ever-present, including in Westgate Mall's chandelier-filled casino.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 01 October 2013

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