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  • The Senate passed a budget bill to avoid a government shutdown in a 79-19 vote this afternoon. Republicans in the House have vowed to reject the bill.
  • An antifungal cream has been shown to eradicate HIV in cultured cells.
  • The first conversation between an American and Iranian president in over 30 years took place today.
  • A New Jersey Superior Court judge has ruled that the Garden State must allow same-sex couples to marry in light of the Supreme Court’s ruling on DOMA in June.
  • Texas State Senator Wendy Davis (D-Fort Worth), who came to national prominence because of her filibuster of abortion legislation in June, will be running for governor in 2014.
  • Eight people are being held in Kenya in connection to the Nairobi mall attack.

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