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BUDGET BATTLE-AROUND THE COUNTRY
Nat'l parks, paychecks and panda cam all casualties of budget standoff in Washington
Reported by: Associated Press
Reported: Tuesday, October 1, 2013 12:10 AM EDT
A bitter budget fight has led to a U.S. government shutdown, leaving hundreds of thousands of federal workers without paychecks and shutting down federal services all over the country.
For many Americans who are civilian employees of the federal government, it means no more paychecks as they're forced onto unpaid furloughs. For those still working, it means delays in getting paid.
Some workers are allowed to work a few hours Tuesday to change voicemail messages or fill out time cards. But after that, they're under strict orders to do no work, even check their email.