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The U.S. Capitol is reflected in a puddle next to the Capitol Reflecting Pool in Washington, D.C., on Oct. 15, 2013.

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The U.S. Capitol is reflected in a puddle next to the Capitol Reflecting Pool in Washington, D.C., on Oct. 15, 2013.

Shutdown Journal: Day 16

Updated at 9:55 am through 11 pm EDT Come on back to work, the White House says. Sylvia Mathews Burwell, director of the Office of Management and Budget, said after congressional approval of a fiscal deal ending the 16-day partial...

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Reporters wait for U.S. senators to walk by to ask them about the government shut down, on Capitol building on October 14, 2013 in Washington, DC.

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Reporters wait for U.S. senators to walk by to ask them about the government shut down, on Capitol building on October 14, 2013 in Washington, DC.

Shutdown Journal: Day 15

Updated at 9 am though 8:27 pm EDT Often, on days like these — and there have been dozens of them lately — the morning dawns with a breeze of optimism. By mid-afternoon, all that was dashed. By evening, it...

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Shoppers in San Francisco.

Photograph by David Paul Morris/Bloomberg

Shoppers in San Francisco.

Cheaper Gas, Tax Refunds: Consumer-Spending Pocket-Power

Even as snowfall whitens horizons across the U.S. today, the economic skies are brightening for many American households. Two key hurdles consumers faced last month have dissipated: gasoline prices are on the retreat, and delayed cash returns from the Internal...

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The interlock ignition system which requires the driver to blow into a tube to prove sobriety before driving.

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The interlock ignition system which requires the driver to blow into a tube to prove sobriety before driving.

Ignition Interlocks for First-Time DUI Offenders?

AAA, the motorist group with more than 53 million members, is endorsing the National Transportation Safety Board’s call for mandatory use of ignition interlock devices for all drunken-driving offenders. AAA issued its statement five days before New Year’s Eve, which...

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The Energy Information Administration said today households that use heating oil to fend off winter’s chill can expect to pay record amounts for the fuel.

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The Energy Information Administration said today households that use heating oil to fend off winter’s chill can expect to pay record amounts for the fuel.

Heating Costs Rise — Thermometer Holding Past Nov. 6?

As gasoline prices remain stubbornly high even after the summer driving season, consumers in some states are facing another hit to their pocketbooks: Higher home heating costs. The Energy Information Administration, which tracks and analyzes energy data for the U.S.,...

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A Barack Obama supporter in Los Angeles.

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A Barack Obama supporter in Los Angeles.

Obama Singing `Call Me Maybe’

Among all the trends reported in our data dive today, including: – President Barack Obama and Mitt Romney in a dead heat still. – Obama’s approval rating at 46 percent. – Gallup’s jobless rate, by its own survey, sliding to...

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Fears of $5 per gallon gasoline are being heard as summer approaches and some feel that would hurt the economy just as an economic recovery appears to be getting traction.

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Fears of $5 per gallon gasoline are being heard as summer approaches and some feel that would hurt the economy just as an economic recovery appears to be getting traction.

The Drop in Gas Prices People Still Don’t See

Oil prices have dropped 16 percent from their high this year, and yet fuel economy is still the No. 1 thing people say they’re weighing when they buy a car. It’s one more way American consumers, with their love of...

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