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President Obama thanks Democratic and Republican leaders in Washington for finally reaching an agreement. The president's remarks come after the Senate by vote of 81 to 18 signed off measure to avoid financial default and reopen the government after a 16-day partial shutdown. President says once the House sign off the measure, he will sign it.
"Once this agreement arrives on my desk, I will sign it immediately. We'll begin reopening our government immediately, and we can begin to lift this cloud of uncertainty and unease from our business and from the American people."
Senate passage came after several hours beyond when the deal was hammered out between Senate Majority leader Harry Reid and Minority leader Mitch McConnell. They will reopen the government to January 15th that permits the Treasure to borrow to February 7th.
The House meanwhile has taken the measure approved earlier today by the Senate after Republicans including speaker John Boehner conceded defeat in their efforts persuade president to engage the negotiations on the country's debt and now three-year-old healthcare law. NPR's Tamara Keith says there are more to expect there.
The reality is that this can pass in the House with 200 Democrats voting for it and only about 20 House Republicans. It is likely to get more House Republicans than that and House Speaker John Boehner has made it clear that he thinks that his member should in fact vote for this. We do not know what the final tally would be but I do not think there is a lot doubts about the outcome.
NPR's Tamara Keith in a statement earlier today, Boehner said House Republicans "fought for good fight but did not win".
Democrat Corry Bokker has won a special election to fill New Jersey's vacant US senator seat, based on local media reports, Bokker the former mayor of Newark reportedly defeating Republican's Steve Lonegan for the seat vacated by the death of Frank Lautenburg.
We got mostly optimistic view of the economy from Federal Reserve's closely watched beige book today. NPR's Teri Schultz reports.
Eight times a year, the Fed told us a little stories about the state of the economy, it binds anecdotes into what is called the beige book and for September, earlier October the Fed says the nation's economy continue to expand at modest, moderate pace. But the growth slowed in some regions including around Philadelphia, Chicago and Kansas City. Overall, the Fed's context said they were cautious optimistic. Consumer spending increased but some areas say companies are nervous to hire given to uncertainty about the Affordable Care Act and the government shutdown. That shutdown has left us in dark but a lot of other government economic data lately, so this beige book is taking on even more importance. Teri Schultz, NPR News.
Group of workers most harmed by the more than two-week partial government shutdown, federal employees when some cases got no pay checks plead their cases to creditor. Some agencies are offering employees a letter that explains to creditors the consequences of the government shutdown and ask them to be patient.
On Wall Street today, the DOW was up more than 200 points that goes to 15,373, the NASDAQ gain 45 points.
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Six nations talk with Iran about that country's disputed nuclear program have wrapped up with two sides saying progress was made. Parties also have agreed to meet in Geneva in three weeks to continue their discussion. European Union's top diplomat called the talks very important after Iran's foreign minister detailed what White House said it was not previously seeing level of seriousness.
There is another problem with Boeing 787 Dreamliner, a panel on the body one of the new high-tech commercial jets fell off on air in India plane though the airplane was able to land safely. NPR's David Schaper reports this is a just latest in a series of problems for Boeing's Dreamliner.
The 787 Dreamliner is built as Boeing's longhaul commercial airplane of the future, made of lighter weight composite materials that Dreamliner is much more fuel-efficient than previous plans. But the Dreamliner has been set with problems from the start. First from four years of production delays and then after the plane start to fly reports a battery in the electrical problem including onboard fires. In this latest incident Saturday, a four foot by 8 foot panel fell off the fuselage of air Indian plane, on its way from Delhi to Bangalore with 148 passengers and crews onboard. Boeing is investigating. A spokesman says passenger safety was never at risk. David Schaper, NPR news.
Washington State is rolling out the rules which newly legalized marihuana industry. The new guidelines allow 334 marihuana stores in the state, but also covers range other issues including security, the allowable size of marihuana products. Both Washington State and Colorado votes last year to legalize marihuana. Supporters hope taxes from sales of marihuana to those over age of 21 will bring millions of dollars.
I am Jack Spree, NPR News in Washington.