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Hilarious Survey Reveals Americans Like Witches and Hemorrhoids More Than Congress

With the government shutdown rolling on, it’s no surprise to hear Americans don’t exactly have a high opinion of Congress.

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The Government Shutdown – Will It Affect You In Amarillo?

With the government shutdown, you might be wondering what might be affected in our area. Here is a short list of what is affected nationally and some of the local services.

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Federal Government Shuts Down, No One Knows for How Long

As of 12:01 a.m. EST on Tuesday, the federal government closed down. Congressional leaders in the House of Representatives and the Senate were unable to reach an agreement on a budget or a temporary fix, known as a continuing resolution, before the start of the new fiscal year on October 1.

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Welfare Pays More Than Working & In Some Cases More Than Teachers

In a recent study it was shown that welfare benefits actually pay more than minimum wage in 35 states. And in some of those states, it pays a lot more.

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Meet Wendy Davis, Filibusterer Extraordinaire and Internet Hero

Yesterday something pretty epic happened in the Texas state legislature. We know, already it is hard for you to believe, but we swear it's true. Senator Wendy Davis attempted a 13-hour filibuster to keep one of the most extreme anti-abortion bills in the United States from being voted into law. And this wasn't your average, everyday read-from-the-phone book filibuster, this was a Texas filibuster.

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Your Facebook Page Could Get You in Trouble with the IRS [VIDEO]

Tax time is drawing to a close in fact you have until Monday to file your taxes.  However, if you cheat a little bit on your taxes or cheat big on your taxes, be prepared because the IRS is using more than just your tax return to check up on you.

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Drink Up: Judge Blocks New York’s Large-Sugary-Drink Ban

Looks like you'll be able to a large Coke in restaurants after all, following a New York State Supreme Court judge's ruling.

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Chuck Hagel Confirmed as Secretary of Defense

Chuck Hagel, whose confirmation hearing in the Senate was highly contentious, was finally confirmed today as the next secretary of defense by a vote of 58-41.

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There Is a Petition for Obama to Nationalize Twinkies

When the US auto industry was in jeopardy four years ago President Obama stepped in with a bailout package. Now it's the American junk food industry that's in peril, with Hostess Brands closing up shop and heading for liquidation, and some want Obama to take an even more drastic step.

Daniel B. of Kansas City has started a petition for the president to "Nationalize the Twinkie industry."

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Can You Name a Supreme Court Justice?

Quick — name a sitting Supreme Court justice. If you can do that, congratulations. You’re in the vast minority of Americans.

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Should the Government Be Involved In the Fight Against Childhood Obesity? — Survey of the Day

Childhood obesity is certainly a problem. The percentage of children between 6 and 11 who are obese in the United States has tripled in the last 30 years and now stands at 20 percent.

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US Government Agency Begs to End Cell Phone Use While Driving — Health Check

Studies about the dangers of using a cell device while driving have produced mixed results — some say talking or texting behind the wheel can increase the odds of a crash exponentially, while others say the perils are few.

Regardless, the National Transportation Safety Board is so convinced of the dangers of “distracted driving” that it’s now called for a nationwide ban on non-emergency cell phone use while driving. Even hands-free devices are not excluded.

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