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No Accord in Budget Talks as Policy Fights Hamper Deal

WASHINGTON — Another day of intense negotiations between the two parties failed to yield a budget deal on Thursday, leaving the federal government hours from a shutdown.After the third round of White House talks in 24 hours with Speaker John A. Boehner and Harry Reid, the Senate majority leader, President Obama said that they had made progress and that he hoped a compromise could be reached early Friday.

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Calorie-Counting Rule to Leave Out Movie Theaters
Movie_SnackbarThe federal government on Friday released proposed rules requiring chain restaurants and other businesses that serve food to post calorie counts on menus and menu boards. But after objections from theater chains, the rules give a pass to those box-office snacks — even though a large popcorn and soda can contain as many calories as a typical person needs in a day.Theater popcorn typically contains around 650 calories and 40 grams of fat, while each tablespoon of the faux-butter topping adds another 160 calories and 14 grams.
Black and White and Married in the Deep South: A Shifting Image
HATTIESBURG, Miss. — For generations here in the deepest South, there had been a great taboo: publicly crossing the color line for love. Less than 45 years ago, marriage between blacks and whites was illegal, and it has been frowned upon for much of the time since.
States consider laying off legislators to trim budgets
Lawmakers in about a half-dozen states have proposed shrinking the number of legislators elected and thereby saving the office, staff and travel expenses each incurs. If we are asking the public to live with cuts, to live with higher taxes, if we're asking state employees to sacrifice their jobs or their pay or benefits, then we need to lead by example," said Rep. Linda Schofield, a Democrat in Connecticut, where a plan for cutting back legislative districts has been filed.
With 11 Teams in Expanded Bracket, Big East Is a Region All Its Own

As the N.C.A.A. unveiled the new 68-team format for its men’s basketball tournament Sunday, the defining quality of this year’s field was not the bracket’s redesign, but the record 11 teams from the Big East to earn an invitation. Although the Big East made a strong overall showing, the conference received only one No. 1 seed, Pittsburgh, which joined Ohio State, Kentucky and Duke. Notre Dame, which was also considered for a top seed, was seeded second in the Southwest.

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