U.S. government begins partial shutdown

The U.S. government began closing some operations after Congress, deeply divided over the health care law, did not pass a measure to allow federal agencies to continue spending money. Before midnight, the Republican-controlled House passed a proposal, the latest of many, to temporarily fund the government in a bill that also would delay enforcement of the "individual mandate" of the Affordable Care Act. The Democratic-led Senate promptly rejected the measure.

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