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A piano chair hangs from the ceiling Monday in the home of Martha Gordon as she looks through her home destroyed during the flood in the aftermath of Hurricane Irene in Wayne, N.J. The chair, which was on top of a piano, was lodged into the ceiling when the Ramapo River crested, sending floodwater into the residence. Many residents waiting on aid are upset that politics is delaying their disaster help.

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Shutdown averted; disaster aid dispute surmounted

Ending weeks of political brinkmanship, Congress finessed a dispute over disaster aid Monday night and advanced legislation to avoid a partial government shutdown this weekend.


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