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NEW YORK (AP) Stock futures are falling as the path to resolving the budget impasse grows more convoluted by the day.

Dow Jones industrial futures are down 52 points to 15,209. S&P futures have lost 7.4 points to 1,685.10. Nasdaq futures are down 11.5 points to 3,214.50.

The budget fight on Capitol Hill is overshadowing a report due Friday expected to show Americans started spending more in August.

The Senate on Friday plans to send a bill to the fractious House that would keep the government operating through mid-November to head off a partial shutdown at midnight Monday.

Early Friday, the struggling J.C. Penney said it expects to raise about $811 million through a stock offering and expects to end the year with about $1.3 billion in cash or assets that can readily be converted to cash.