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  • No Big Breakthroughs As Budget Deadline Looms
    Talks at the White House on Wednesday night did not produce a budget agreement, and a government shutdown is still looming. President Obama, Democratic Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and Republican House Speaker John Boehner left the meeting saying they will continue to work toward a settlement.
  • Essential Vs. Not: Which Jobs Wouldn't Shut Down?
    In Washington, D.C., and at federal agencies across the country, the big question employees are asking on the eve of a possible government shutdown is: Am I essential or not? Workers and agencies that are deemed essential will be kept on the job if a shutdown occurs.
  • At California Mental Hospitals, Fear Is Part Of The Job
    When a psychiatric technician at Napa State Hospital was murdered last fall, allegedly by a patient, staffers began going public with their safety complaints. More than 80 percent of the patients at the hospital arrived by way of the criminal justice system — deemed either not guilty by reason of insanity or just too dangerous to be paroled.
  • Ahead Of Anniversary, Freedom Riders Remember
    The Freedom Riders challenged segregation on buses and in waiting rooms throughout the South. Some of those riders are using their experiences to motivate students today — to show them that the actions of one person can make a difference.
  • Italy Prepares Iraqi Police To Protect Country's Oil
    Since Iraq's oil infrastructure is a regular target of the armed insurgency, the country has created a special police force to give its refineries and pipelines better protection. And it has brought in some members of Italy's national police to teach recruits modern techniques that will help improve their skills and professionalism.
  • In Beijing, Even Luxury Billboards Are Censored
    In China, certain words have long been politically sensitive — for example, "Tiananmen Square," or "democracy." But the list is growing longer. Words like "regal" and "luxury" are being removed from billboards in Beijing.
  • Portugal's Prime Minister Asks EU For Bailout
    In recent weeks, as investors lost confidence in Portugal's ability to pay its debt, they demanded higher and higher interest rates. That made it harder for Portugal to raise funds and pushed the government to seek a bailout — the third, after Greece and Ireland, to require outside help. An EU official estimates the rescue could amount to $100 billion.
  • Why GOP Budget Plan Leaves Social Security Alone
    Renee Montagne talks to David Wessel of the Wall Street Journal about the absence of Social Security in the budget proposal unveiled earlier this week by House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan, a Wisconsin Republican. What were Ryan's political and economic calculations in not touching one of the biggest entitlements?
  • DISH Network Offers $320 Million For Blockbuster
    DISH Network was the high bidder to take over Blockbuster, the video rental business that filed for bankruptcy last September. The satellite TV provider said it will pay around $320 million for Blockbuster. The deal has a lot of people scratching their heads and asking: Why?
  • Paint Your House With Ads, Get Your Mortgage Paid
    The startup company Adzookie launched a novel promotion this week — offering to pay people's mortgages if they allow Adzookie to paint the entire outside of their homes with ads, in effect turning them into giant billboards. Homeowners will have to put up with the paint job for at least three months. The company's CEO says thousands of people have already responded.

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