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September 30, 2013

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BUDGET BATTLE

WASHINGTON — The Senate meets Monday just hours before a government shutdown deadline at midnight, and Majority Leader Harry Reid has already promised that Democrats will kill a Republican-run House proposal to delay by a year key parts of President Barack Obama’s health care law.

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VOTING RIGHTS

WASHINGTON — The Justice Department will sue the state of North Carolina for alleged racial discrimination over tough new voting rules, the latest effort by the Obama administration to fight back against a Supreme Court decision that struck down the most powerful part of the landmark Voting Rights Act and freed southern states from strict federal oversight of their elections. By Pete Yost.

MEXICO-DRUG VIOLENCE

MEXICO CITY — Shootings in three cities where drug gangs are fighting turf battles kill at least nine people and wound six, officials say. The bloodshed comes amid fears that drug cartel violence may be stirring again in areas where authorities had applauded a fall in drug killings. By Adriana Gomez Licon.

CUBA-JESSE JACKSON

HAVANA — The Rev. Jesse Jackson says he intends to press on with a bid to mediate the retrieval of a former U.S. soldier captured by Colombian rebels three months ago, despite the cool response to his plan from that country’s president. By Peter Orsi. AP Photo.

IMMIGRATION

WASHINGTON — Immigration overhaul legislation has been dormant in the House for months, but a few Republicans are working behind the scenes to advance it at a time the Capitol is immersed in a partisan brawl over government spending and President Barack Obama’s health care law. By Erica Werner.

BUSINESS:

BRAZIL-MOVIE BUSINESS

RIO DE JANEIRO — For Mayor Eduardo Paes, it’s not enough that Rio de Janeiro is both an Olympic and World Cup host city. He’s determined to turn Rio into a Woody Allen city, too, as part of a push to put his hometown’s golden beaches and verdant rainforest on the big screen and make the city the Hollywood of South America. By Jenny Barchfield.

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CUBAN-INSIDER TRADING

With the Dallas Mavericks’ season-opening game still a month away, the pro basketball team’s outspoken owner, Mark Cuban, will be seeing a different kind of court this week. The government’s insider-trading case against Cuban goes to trial Monday in federal court in Dallas. By David Koenig.

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ARTS AND ENTERTAINMENT:

TV-BREAKING BAD-FINALE

NEW YORK — Any “Breaking Bad” fan could be forgiven for concluding that Sunday’s finale held no major surprises. That’s because this AMC drama series has delivered surprises, shock and “Oh My God” moments dependably since its premiere five seasons ago. Just like it did on its final episode. By Frazier Moore.

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