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House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio stops to talk to a group of students as he walks back into his office on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, Oct. 16, 2013.

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Congress votes to end shutdown, avoid US default

Up against a deadline, Congress passed and sent a waiting President Barack Obama legislation late Wednesday night to avoid a threatened national default and end the 16-day partial government shutdown, the culmination of an epic political drama that placed the U.S. economy at risk.

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