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Federal shutdown threatens hikers, pandas and Lady Liberty

General October 1, 2013

People gather at the giant panda exhibit at the Smithsonian's National Zoo in WashingtonBy Luke Swiderski NEW YORK (Reuters) – Tourists may not understand how the federal government works, but could find out on Tuesday what happens when it doesn't. The possible midnight Monday shutdown of the U.S. government amid a congressional budget battle will have serious consequences for the economy, including the more than 800,000 federal employees who will be sent home, and will jolt some of the more unusual bits of life in the United States. …

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