Budget experts say it's unlikely that Social Security and veterans checks would stop coming during a government shutdown. Bradley C Bower/AP hide caption

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Guard Britny Latham is a breakout star on a team that's nationally ranked — and a favorite for an NCAA tournament bid. Matt Kohashi/Gallaudet University Athletics hide caption

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Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, shown in an undated handout image courtesy of the Giffords For Congress website, was in critical condition Sunday after being shot in the head. AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Outgoing Speaker Nancy Pelosi  prepares to hand the gavel to Speaker-elect John Boehner as the 112th Congress opens. Charles Dharapak/AP hide caption

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