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Furloughed park ranger Rich Lechleitner, left, visits with friend Jana Gardiner co-owner of Ashford Creek Pottery Tuesday Oct. 15, 2013 as Mount Rainier National Park in Washington remained closed due to the partial government shutdown. Gardiner, a 33 year resident of Ashford has seen only a trickle of visitors since the shutdown closed Mount Rainier National Park. (AP Photo/The News Tribune, Dean J. Koepfler)

U.S. government shutdown

The government reopened its doors Thursday, October 17th after a battle-weary Congress approved a bipartisan measure to end a 16-day partial shutdown and avert the possibility of an economy-jarring default on U.S. obligations.

Early Thursday, President Barack Obama signed the measure, which the House and Senate passed late Wednesday, ending a brawl with Republicans who tried to use the must-pass legislation to mount a last-ditch effort to derail the president's landmark health care law and demand concessions on the budget. (AP)