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  • No Deal On Tuesday Leads To Day 16 Of Shutdown On Wednesday
    With the threat of a government default looming, House leaders tried to take the upper hand in the standoff with a bill appealing to their most conservative members. They failed, resulting in chaos in the House and giving the initiative back to the Senate.
  • When Will Congress' Inaction Push U.S. Into Default?
    Determining the day on which the U.S. government might default is tricky. The Bipartisan Policy Center says the last eight days of October is a critical period because of all the payments due that week. The potential for a credit default is already causing problems for big financial firms that use U.S. Treasurys as collateral.
  • Why College Freshmen May Feel Like Impostors On Campus
    Psychologist Greg Walton has found that a simple intervention can help many students get the most out of college. The trick is in helping students see that setbacks are temporary, and often don't have larger implications.
  • We Say Goodbye To Detective Munch, Umpire Wally Bell
    Sgt. John Munch is turning in his badge on Law & Order SVU Wednesday night. Actor Richard Belzer has played Munch for 15 seasons on the show. And we remember veteran baseball umpire Wally Bell, who died of a heart attack this week. He'd been on the job for 21 seasons. Bell was 48.
  • Protests In Italy Shut Down Funeral For Nazi War Criminal
    Nazi sympathizers and anti-fascists clashed in Italy on Tuesday as a Catholic splinter group attempted to hold a funeral for Nazi war criminal Erich Priebke. The former SS captain oversaw one of the worst massacres in German-occupied Italy. Wednesday marks the 70th anniversary of the Nazi roundup of Roman Jews.
  • Has Elite Interrogation Group Lived Up To Expectations?
    The man the U.S. alleges is the top al-Qaida operative who orchestrated the 1998 bombings of the U.S. embassies in Kenya and Tanzania has pleaded not guilty to the charges at a federal court in Manhattan. The case has brought the High Value Interrogation Group back into the spotlight. It was created by the Obama administration to extract valuable intelligence from terrorists, but national security experts say there have been too few cases to judge its promise.
  • Are We Moving To A World With More Online Surveillance?
    Revelations about the NSA's online surveillance have upset many countries, and some want to exercise greater control over the Internet. But experts say the likely result would be greater surveillance worldwide.
  • Fitch Places U.S. Under Review For A Credit Downgrade
    The main reason? The debacle in Washington. The credit ratings agency — one of the big three — said "faith" in the credit of the country is in danger.
  • Banks Ease Purse Strings On Luxury Home Loans
    For the first time in decades, interest rates for jumbo home loans are lower than rates for a typical mortgage. And because of that, the luxury market is the fastest growing sector of home loans. In Phoenix, sales of homes that cost more than $500,000 are up 64 percent.
  • Arkansas Aims To Make Edamame As American As Apple Pie
    Edamame beans are a popular Asian appetizer, and they're beginning to get a foothold in the U.S. market. An Arkansas company is now trying to cash in on this edamame boom.

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