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Senate Majority Leader Sen. Harry Reid, D-Nev., left, walks off the Senate floor with Sen. Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., after voting to avoid a financial default and reopen the government after a 16-daypartial shutdown on Capitol Hill on Wednesday. (AP Photo/ Evan Vucci)

Congress votes to end shutdown, avoid US default

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By David Espo, AP Special Correspondent

WASHINGTON (AP) — Up against a deadline, Congress passed and sent a waiting President Barack Obama legislation late Wednesday night to avoid a threatened national default and end the 16-day partial government shutdown, the culmination of an epic political drama that placed the U.S. economy at risk.

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