Furloughed federal workers
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October 05, 2013

House Passes Bill Allowing Back Pay For Furloughed Workers

Federal workers who were furloughed by a government shutdown will receive back pay once they return to work, if a bill approved by the House of Representatives Saturday meets Senate approval.


James Clapper
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October 04, 2013

Officials Detail Shutdown’s Chilling Effect On National Security

James Clapper, the director of national intelligence, told Congress this week that the partial federal government shutdown has forced the furlough of some 70 percent of employees throughout the intelligence community.


October 04, 2013

Illinois Gets Money To Continue WIC

Illinois state officials say the Women, Infants and Children program or WIC will continue despite the partial shutdown of the federal government.


Andrew Hamblin preaches while holding a snake above his head, LaFollette, Tenn.
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October 04, 2013

Snake-Handling Preachers Open Up About ‘Takin’ Up Serpents’

Snake handlers dwell at the edge of the spiritual frontier — a community of people who are willing to die for their faith three times a week in church. Members of the Pentecostal Holiness Church take up venomous serpents to prove their faith in God. The practice is still widespread in Appalachia, though mostly hidden.


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