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USA TODAY - Google, which turns 15 on Friday, has become ubiquitous in our lives - from e-mail and maps to searches, documents and self-driving cars. Google-owned YouTube has become the biggest video site on the planet, and its Android is the dominant mobile phone operating system, with 80% market share. What now?

Senate votes to avert government shutdown. Now what?

The U.S. Senate voted 100-0 Wednesday to clear a key procedural hurdle toward passing a stopgap funding bill to avert a government shutdown in six days. The vote occurred after a dramatic floor speech by Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, and his allies, who waged a filibuster-styled effort in opposition to President Obama's health care law. This afternoon's vote cleared the way to begin debate on a House-passed stopgap spending bill that includes language to defund the Affordable Care Act.

If the federal government shuts down next week, the economic impact would be small at first but grow quickly.

Bill Clinton: Chelsea would make a good president

Bill Clinton obviously is getting used to the questions about whether his wife is going to run for president. So give CNN's Piers Morgan some credit for taking a different approach and asking the former president if Hillary or Chelsea would be better in the White House. "Day after tomorrow, my wife because she's had more experience," Clinton said on CNN's Piers Morgan Live. "Over the long run, Chelsea. She knows more than we do about everything."

300 sandwiches for an engagement ring?

Have you heard about the "300 Sandwiches Lady" yet? The short version: New York Post Page Six senior writer Stephanie Smith revealed in an essay on Wednesday that she's the writer behind 300sandwiches.com, a blog about a woman who is in a relationship with a man who demands that she make him a sandwich every day. When she reaches 300, she'll get an engagement ring. The hashtags #300sandwiches and #300feministsandwiches took off with reactions ranging from outrage to befuddlement.

FBI says Navy Yard shooter had no specific target

An increasingly delusional Aaron Alexis believed he was being controlled by low-frequency electromagnetic waves over a period of months, driving him last week to indiscriminately fire on employees at the Navy Yard, federal authorities said. The FBI also released video showing Aaron Alexis stalking the hallway on the day of the shooting.

ICYMI: Oracle Team USA pulls off stunning comeback in America's Cup

Oracle Team USA captured the America's Cup in one of the greatest comebacks in sports history, sailing to victory after coming back from an 8-1 deficit.

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