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No shutdown: Congress approves bill to keep government open

House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy of Calif., center, walks to a procedural vote and debate in the House on a stopgap spending bill to avert a government shutdown, Wednesday, Sept. 30, 2015, on Capitol Hill in Washington. A temporary funding measure aiming to keep the government open past a midnight deadline sailed through the Senate on Wednesday and was expected to make its way shortly through a divided House and on to President Barack Obama. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)A divided Congress approves a stopgap spending bill just hours before a midnight deadline.

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September 30th, 2015

On a Mental Health Call With Trained Texas Police Officers

San Antonio patrolmen Joe Smarro and Ernie Stevens are experts in what’s called “crisis intervention training.” Read More..

September 30th, 2015

Congress averts government shutdown, Obama signs funding measure

A lone worker passes by the U.S. Capitol Building in WashingtonBy David Lawder and Richard Cowan WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Ending weeks of infighting, the U.S. Congress on Wednesday voted to avert a government shutdown just hours before a midnight deadline, passing a stop-gap measure to extend funding for federal agencies until Dec. 11. The House of Representatives relied heavily on Democrats to secure passage in a 277-151 vote. A large majority of Republicans voted against the measure, which did not meet conservatives' demands to cut off money to women's healthcare provider Planned Parenthood amid an abortion controversy.

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September 30th, 2015

Disasters lead to ‘dramatic’ increase in child marriages: campaign group

Child bride Krishna stands with her husband Gopal inside newly constructed room at her house in a village near BaranBy Magdalena Mis LONDON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – Natural and humanitarian disasters lead to a dramatic increase in child marriages as families struggle to cope, a campaign group said on Thursday, urging governments to accelerate their efforts to end the practice. Rates of child marriage have risen sharply and in some cases doubled in three years in Syrian refugee camps in Jordan, while in Bangladesh some families are marrying off their daughters in anticipation of recurring natural disasters, the campaign group Girls not Brides said. "Emergency situations are often the last straw for many families who are already living on the brink," Lakshmi Sundaram, executive director of Girls Not Brides, said in a statement.

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September 30th, 2015

Bid to repeal California school vaccination law may falter

Measles poster is seen at Venice Family Clinic in Los AngelesA plan to ask voters to repeal a new California law tightening vaccination requirements for school-age children may falter due to a shortfall in signatures needed to put the referendum on the ballot. The effort is part of a backlash against a bill signed into law this summer by Democratic Governor Jerry Brown that requires pupils to be vaccinated against childhood diseases unless they have a medical reason to refuse. "The misguided effort to repeal SB 277, my law to boost vaccination rates, appears to have fallen short," said State Senator Richard Pan, a pediatrician who represents the state capital of Sacramento.

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September 30th, 2015
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