Congress agrees to end shutdown

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, Kentucky Republican, walks to the floor from a closed-door meeting with Republican senators at the Capitol  on Wednesday. Mr. McConnell and his Democratic counterpart, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, Nevada Democrat, reached last-minute agreement to avert a possible default on government debt. (Associated press photographs)

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, Kentucky Republican, walks to the floor from a closed-door meeting with Republican senators at the Capitol on Wednesday. Mr. McConnell and his Democratic counterpart, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, Nevada Democrat, reached last-minute agreement to avert a possible default on government debt. (Associated press photographs)

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