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House worker yells during vote, escorted away

WASHINGTON (AP) -- A woman described by lawmakers and aides as a long-time House stenographer has been removed from the chamber during a vote after she began shouting.

House agrees to move Senate debt ceiling deal

WASHINGTON - The Senate's top two leaders announced a bipartisan deal Wednesday to reopen the federal government after a 16-day partial shutdown as well as avert an unprecedented debt default, and House leaders said they would accept it.

"The compromise we reached will provide our economy with the stability it desperately needs," said Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., who reached the agreement with Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky.

"This has been a long, challenging few weeks for Congress and for the country. It is my hope that today we can put some of those most urgent issues behind us," McConnell said.

WUSA9 Shutdown Soapbox

WASHINGTON (WUSA9) -- We have been taking our WUSA9 Soapbox throughout the Washington DC region during the 16-day-long shutdown and giving you a chance to speak your mind.  

With a deal in the works Surae Chinn and Dion Wiggins brought our Soapbox to Woodbridge, Virginia outside a campaign event for Ken Cuccinelli.

Shutdown impact: Gov't urges furlough compassion

(AP) -- The government is urging creditors to "remain patient and show compassion" for hundreds of thousands federal workers who remain furloughed without a paycheck.

Some agencies are offering employees a cover letter that explains to creditors that the shutdown is "beyond on our employees' control and they will be returned to pay status as soon as possible."

But financial impact of the shutdown goes far beyond the federal workforce. Local tourism businesses, for example, are losing millions because some national parks are still closed.

And at research centers, some work has stopped. Included in that research: Children's Hospital in Pittsburgh had to suspend a study of how long children with urinary tract infections really needed to take antibiotics.

President Obama to host Iraqi prime minister on Nov. 1

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama plans to host Iraq's prime minister at the White House on Nov. 1.

The White House said in a statement Wednesday that Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki's visit will focus on the long-term postwar partnership between Iraq and the United States.

The White House says President Obama looks forward to discussing ways to enhance cooperation with Iraq and coordinate on a range of regional issues.

How much can the government regulate air pollution?

WASHINGTON (WUSA9) -- The Supreme Court will re-examine the federal regulation on air pollution.

At issue is whether the Environmental Protection Agency can tighten emission standards for stationary greenhouse gas sources, such as power plants.

The high court affirmed the conclusions by much of the scientific community that greenhouse gases are an air pollutant, but that case dealt with emissions from motor vehicles.

A range of business groups claims after the 2007 ruling the agency improperly extended its regulatory authority.

Senate leader announces bipartisan budget deal

WASHINGTON (AP) - Democratic leader Harry Reid says Senate leaders have reached a bipartisan deal to avoid default and end the government shutdown, now in its 16th day.

Reid made the announcement at the start of the Senate session on Wednesday.

The deal would reopen the government through Jan. 15 and increase the nation's borrowing authority through Feb. 7.

Reid thanked Republican leader Mitch McConnell for working out an agreement.