Shutdown took $24 billion bite out of economy – Oct. 16, 2013

The United States may have dodged an economic catastrophe by raising the debt ceiling and opening the government, but it didn’t emerge from the political debacle unscathed.

The 16-day government shutdown took a $24 billion chunk out of the U.S. economy, according to an initial analysis from Standard & Poor’s.

As a result, the rating agency projects that the U.S. economy will grow 2.4% in the fourth quarter — as opposed to the roughly 3% growth rate predicted prior to the shutdown.

via Shutdown took $24 billion bite out of economy – Oct. 16, 2013.

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11 best places to see fall colors – NBC News.com

It’s that time of year again. We’re deep in the heart of leaf-peeping season and the leaves, they are a-changin’. Whether you’re a fall foliage fanatic or just in the mood for a scenic drive — or train ride — through the fabulous fall scenery, you won’t want to miss these great seasonal spots.

It’s the most colorful time of the year! Here in the Northeast, we’re surrounded by beautiful shades of orange, red, and yellow as leaf-peeping season kicks into full swing — but you don’t have to be in just one region to appreciate all the fall foliage. We’ve got 10 great seasonal spots around the country — and one in Canada — where you can see the leaves in all their colorful splendor, whether by car, train, boat, or by going for a nice, long walk in the crisp fall air. If all else fails, you can always choose to live vicariously through our Fall Into Foliage board on Pinterest.

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