Futures edge higher after sell-off previous day

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FILE - In this March 14, 2012, file photo, the red carpet of the North Portico is prepared for President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama to welcome Britain's Prime Minister David Cameron and his wife Samantha to the White House for a State Dinner in Washington. Now in its second week, the partial government shutdown has taken its toll on the White House, where about 3 of 4 staffers have been furloughed, barred even from checking the Blackberries they usually clutch like worry beads. Of the 1,701 advisers, assistants, number-crunchers, butlers, chefs and landscapers who work at the White House on a normal day, fewer than 450 are on duty, according to Obama’s budget office. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh, File)

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NEW YORK (AP) — Stock futures are slightly higher after a big sell-off to start the week as investors try to find a soft place to land with Washington in a deadlock.

Dow Jones industrial futures are up 2 points to 14,853. S&P futures have gained less than a point to 1,668. Nasdaq futures are up 1.75 points to 3,206.75.

Heading into what may be the third straight week of losses on the Standard & Poor's 500 index, Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz said the company is planning actions this week through its coffee shops to perhaps "remind the Congress and the President of their duty to put citizenship over partisanship."

Senate Democrats on Tuesday may try to pass a stand-alone measure to increase the government's borrowing cap, challenging Republicans to a filibuster showdown.

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