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Family of dead UNLV student, 58, hard to find

It was the smell that led to the discovery of a 58-year-old UNLV student who died in her dorm room last month. A dorm counselor investigating a strange odor from the room found her body on Sept. 5 in Faiman Residence Hall.

Drug trial deals new hope in woman’s fight for life

Mary Ann Hoban’s fight against cancer was seemingly over from the start. The 83-year-old was given little hope to survive. But a drug trial changed all that, and she is making a remarkable recovery.

Lawmakers still get a check, even in shutdown mode

There’s at least one constant in a government shutdown: The 532 members of Congress continue to be paid — at a cost of $10,583.85 per hour to taxpayers.

Immigration courts remain partly open but political asylum cases delayed

For tens of thousands of immigrants across the United States with pending immigration cases or legal procedures, the federal government shutdown will put some urgent matters on hold and allow others of less importance to move ahead.

Hagel: Pentagon lawyers hoping to minimize how many Defense workers are furloughed

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said the Pentagon is trying to reduce the number of civilian employees who were slated to be furloughed starting Tuesday and that some could eventually be called back to work even if the federal government shutdown persists.

Insurance markets open to surge of new customers

Americans got their first chance Tuesday to shop for health insurance using the online marketplaces that are at the heart of President Barack Obama’s health care overhaul, but government websites designed to sell the policies struggled to handle the traffic, with many frustrated users reporting trouble setting up accounts.

Wave of Jellyfish shuts down Swedish nuclear reactor

It wasn’t a tsunami but it had the same effect: A huge cluster of jellyfish forced one of the world’s largest nuclear reactors to shut down — a phenomenon that marine biologists say could become more common.

Veterans pass barriers at closed WWII Memorial

Dozens of veterans barricaded outside the closed World War II Memorial because of the government shutdown were escorted past the barriers Tuesday by members of Congress so they could see the monument.

‘Climate refugee’ fighting to stay in New Zealand

A man who left the island nation of Kiribati six years ago, relocating to New Zealand where he started a family, is fighting to stay as a “climate refugee.” The case could have wide implications for governments dealing with rising sea levels.