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US Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL) talks to reporters as he walks to a Senate Democratic caucus meeting at the US Capitol in Washington. The Obama administration has accelerated its push to persuade individual Americans to sign up for the most extensive overhaul of the US healthcare system in 50 years, as the program’s foes in Congress fight to delay its launch with the threat of a federal government shutdown. Photograph: Jonathan Ernst/Reuters
Deadlock brings US to edge of shutdown
  • US
  • September 30, 2013, 20:37

The US Congress, still in partisan deadlock today over Republican efforts to halt President Barack Obama’s healthcare reforms, was on the verge of shu(...)

Feral hogs move in and around a trap set by farmer Jim Vich near Locust Grove, Oklahoma, in this 2011 handout surveillance camera photo courtesy of Jim Vich. Photograph: Jim Vich/Handout via Reuters

A few years ago, Jim Vich would not have dreamed of setting up an elaborate trap to catch wild hogs.But that was before Oklahoma was invaded by a plag(...)

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