Obama slams ‘unnecessary damage’ from government shutdown

President Obama said the government shutdown and fight over the debt ceiling damaged America’s credibility around the world.

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President Obama said now that the shutdown is over, leaders in Washington should focus on a budget, immigration reform, and a farm bill.

A US park ranger collected “closed” signs on the grounds of the Lincoln Memorial early Thursday after the memorial was reopened to the public, in Washington, D.C.

As government reopens, budget negotiators eye next battle

Congressional budget negotiators met Thursday just hours after President Obama signed a hard-fought measure ending the partial government shutdown.

Visitors to the U.S.S. Constitution, the oldest ship in the United States Navy, lined up on Thursday.

Historic sites reopen in Boston

The Faneuil Hall visitor center, the USS Constitution, and the Bunker Hill Monument all reopened after the government shutdown ended.

Senator Harry Reid of Nevada (right), the majority leader, and Senator Chuck Schumer of New York spoke with reporters about the budget and debt ceiling deal.


Relief will be short-lived

Tired of the excruciating debate in Washington over the budget, the debt ceiling, and the deficit? Get used to it.

Dan Shaughnessy

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2013/10/17/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/shaughnessy_20131017.jpg Red Sox’ chances depend on perspective

Wednesday night’s 7-3 loss is a mere speed bump on Boston’s march to the World Series.

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The Tigers have made the Red look nothing like the team that produced more runs than any team in baseball this season.

The Harvard University master plan is one of the several projects up for review on Thursday.

BRA poised to approve major new real estate developments

The projects would add to a burst of activity recently, with developers trying to lock down approvals before Mayor Menino leaves office.

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Westfield State University trustees unanimously voted to place president Evan Dobelle on leave with pay while his spending habits are investigated.



//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2013/10/17/BostonGlobe.com/EditorialOpinion/Images/vennochi-2899.png Why the union-bashing?

High-priced union contracts are easy to criticize, but tax breaks for businesses often don’t get much negative response.


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Martha Coakley’s office said the move would ease premiums for some.

Proposed legislation tries to cap flood insurance costs

Under the proposed legislation, lenders wouldn’t be allowed to require homeowners purchase flood insurance for more than their outstanding mortgage balance.