Government shutdown

A US Park Police officer walks behind a barricade with sign reading "Because of the Federal Government SHUTDOWN All National Parks are Closed" in front of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, Tuesday, Oct. 1, 2013. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

Donors chip in to help programs hurt by shutdown

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — As the partial government shutdown rolls on, programs that rely on federal money are feeling the strain — and so are the people who depend on their services. For 16-year-old […]

10/12/2013

A sign solicits workers in Berlin, Vt.  (AP Photo/Toby Talbot)

US jobless claims jump to 374,000 due to backlog

WASHINGTON (AP) — The number of people applying for U.S. unemployment benefits jumped by 66,000 last week to a seasonally adjusted 374,000. But the spike was largely because California processed a huge backlog of claims […]

10/10/2013

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Gallup Poll: dysfunctional government

Amid the government shutdown, the stumbles out of the gate for the Affordable Care Act and a shaky economy — the most important topic on the minds of Americans these days is not any of […]

10/10/2013

Landmark SF restaurant on government land closes

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A landmark restaurant that’s been a San Francisco fixture for 150 years has now become a casualty of the federal government shutdown, putting more than 170 people out of work. Cliff […]

10/09/2013

Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, Oct. 9, 2013, before the House Veterans Affairs Committee hearing on the effects the government shutdown is having on benefits and services to veterans.  (AP Photo/ Evan Vucci)

VA chief: Shutdown could hit millions of vets

WASHINGTON (AP) — About 3.8 million veterans will not receive disability compensation next month if the partial government shutdown continues into late October, Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki told lawmakers Wednesday. Some 315,000 veterans and […]

10/09/2013

Mark Paprocki, left, and Dylan Maz pour beer during a tour at Lakefront Brewery in Milwaukee. (AP Photo/Carrie Antlfinger)

Shutdown means no new beer from craft brewers

MILWAUKEE (AP) — The federal government shutdown could leave America’s craft brewers with a serious hangover. Stores will still offer plenty of suds. But the shutdown has closed an obscure agency that quietly approves new […]

10/09/2013

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Correction: Shutdown-FAA story

WASHINGTON (AP) — In a story Oct. 7 about the federal government shutdown, The Associated Press reported erroneously that the Federal Aviation Administration is recalling to work employees who register new planes. Those employees have […]

10/08/2013

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The cause and effect of the debt ceiling

The government shutdown entered its second week with no end in sight and ominous signs that the United States was closer to the first default in the nation’s history. As you can imagine, all of […]

10/08/2013

US Department of Veterans Affairs (AP Photo)

VA says progress halted in cutting claims backlog

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Department of Veterans Affairs says the government shutdown has halted the progress it was making in reducing a backlog of disability and pensions claims. The department said Monday that the backlog […]

10/07/2013

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev. speaks on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)

Back pay for furloughed workers slows in Senate

WASHINGTON (AP) — A bill the House passed to guarantee that furloughed federal workers receive back pay after the partial government shutdown is resolved seems to have hit a snag in the Senate. The second-ranking […]

10/07/2013

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