Bill to pay furloughed workers expected to pass...Kerry says shutdown sends wrong message globally

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Updated: Sat, 05 Oct 2013 05:17:06 EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — There's some potential good news for furloughed federal workers. It looks like Congress is ready to approve legislation making sure they get back pay when the partial shutdown ends. The Republican-led House is scheduled to vote on the legislation today. The Senate is expected to quickly follow. The president supports the bill. No progress is expected on the budget showdown. BALI, Indonesia (AP) — Secretary of State John Kerry says he doesn't think the partial government shutdown will last that long but it still sends the wrong message to the rest of the world. Kerry is in Bali for an economic summit of Asian leaders. President Barack Obama had planned to attend, but canceled his travel plans. WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal officials are using the overnight hours this weekend to work on a technical fix for an inconsistent health overhaul website. The problems overwhelmed the launch of new health insurance markets since Thursday and glitches have frustrated millions of consumers unable to complete their applications. The website will remain open for general information. MOGADISHU, Somalia (AP) — Foreign fighters in Somalia have been attacked by foreign military forces in the same southern village where U.S. Navy SEALS four years ago killed a most-wanted al-Qaida operative. The pre-dawn strike comes exactly two weeks after al-Shabab militants attacked Nairobi's Westgate Mall, killing at least 67 people in neighboring Kenya. NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — Officials originally said up to 15 attackers took part in the four-day siege at a mall in Kenya but closed circuit television footage indicates that there could have been far fewer. The images show four armed attackers, walking calmly through a storeroom inside the shopping complex, including one with blood on his lower pant leg.

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