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But the country with the highest prevalence of modern-day slavery is Mauritania. That's according to a report released Thursday by the Walk Free Foundation, an anti-slavery group. The numbers are in line with previous estimates from the U.N. and the State Department.

Yesterday Congress brought the country back from the brink of defaulting on its debt. Host Michel Martin talks to Joe Davidson of The Washington Post about how federal workers will bring the government back to life.

Host Michel Martin continues her conversation with regional newspaper editors on what news is grabbing their readers' attention.

The end of the government shutdown is dominating conversation in Washington, D.C., but how's it playing out across the country? Host Michel Martin catches up with a group of regional newspaper editors for some perspective: Michael Smolens of U-T San Diego, Dana Coffield of The Denver Post, and Christopher Ave of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

A recent U.N. study rated Germany high in quality of life for seniors. Even so many Germans spend their final days in Eastern European countries like Poland where elder care is less expensive. The practice has some asking whether it's wrong to send loved ones far away to save money.

Weapons inspectors are still in Syria assessing the country's stockpile and how to destroy it. It's unclear where the weapons would go if they were sent abroad, but there are signs that such a move is under consideration.

The rollout of the health care exchange has been plagued by a host of technical problems. Entrepreneurs in Silicon Valley likely would have approached the website differently from the beginning — one former startup employee says that has to do with how projects are funded.

Franchising is commonplace throughout the retail and service economy, whose pioneers included a former servant turned hair salon owner in the late 19th century. Such businesses are not for everyone, but Gary Robins, who owns dozens of Supercuts, says the setup has allowed him to grow more quickly than if he were on his own.

Economists are trying to figure out how much uncertainty over the shutdown has hurt the economy and the potential effects of a solution that essentially "kicks the can down the road." Some say this lurching from one short-term fix to the next simply puts a drag on the economy.

The campaign to label foods containing genetically modified organisms is gaining ground in some parts of the U.S. But GMO ingredients are found in some 70 percent of foods we buy in the U.S. Would a ubiquitous GMO label scare off consumers, or would they learn to accept it and buy anyway?

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