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Snow coats a statue of Confederate general and South Carolina Gov. Wade Hampton at the state government complex in Columbia, S.C., on Wednesday, Jan. 29, 2014 after an infrequent snowstorm moved through the area. The Columbia area received two to three inches of snow from the storm that closed schools, government offices and businesses.(AP Photo/Bruce Smith)

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State government documents lie scattered in a damaged building on Ita Oka Island near Lagos. The prison now sits in ruins as a haunting reminder of past abuses of power. But Nigeria plans to open another classified prison. (Associated Press)

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Nikki Hemstad (center), a card dealer at Canterbury Park's casino in Shakopee, Minn., is back at work Thursday after the state government shutdown ended. Despite the resolution, Minnesota made no significant progress on its budget woes, leaving it on track to face the same deficit problems in two years. (Associated Press)