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Federal Workers Protest in Boston to Demand Government Shutdown End

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Federal workers who aren't getting paychecks amid the lingering government shutdown rallied in Boston Friday to call on President Donald Trump to drop his demand for funding for a wall on the southern U.S. border.
Furloughed workers carrying signs with messages such as “Don't Wall Feds Out” chanted “Let us serve” and “We want to work” in the frigid cold as others described the toll the three-week impasse is beginning to have on their families.
U.S. Sen. Ed Markey, who joined the workers, accused the Republican president of using federal workers as “hostages” and “pawns” in a political game...
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Who wins in the government shutdown? Robocallers

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Automated robocalls keep ringing and ringing Americans' phones - and the government shutdown could make the never-ending assault even worse. With federal agencies closed, consumers have been left with few options to defend against the tidal wave of unwanted automated calls coming from telemarketers,...
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Federal workers rally in Boston to demand end to shutdown

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BOSTON - Federal workers in Massachusetts who aren't getting paychecks amid the lingering government shutdown are calling on President Donald Trump to drop his demand for funding for a wall on the southern U.S. border.
A group of furloughed federal workers rallied with Democratic U.S. Sen. Ed Markey and other supporters in Boston Friday to urge that the Republican president put an end to the shutdown so they can get back to work.
Markey said Trump is using federal workers and their families as “pawns” and “hostages” in a political game.
Leiran Biton is a furloughed scientist with the...
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Illinois Domestic Violence Hotline could fall victim to shutdown

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CHICAGO - Victims of domestic violence may find themselves without help. The domestic violence hotline may go silent due to the government shutdown.
Counselors at the call center refer victims of abuse to local shelters, counseling centers and legal advocates.
It's mostly funded through a Victims of Crime Act, that is administered through the Justice Department.
Those funds remain on hold, as long as furloughed Justice Department employees aren't working.
The Illinois Domestic Violence Hotline is running on reserves, but funding will run dry in less than a month.
The hotline took nearly...
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Most Americans Call Shutdown 'Embarrassing' As It's Set To Become Longest In History

Most Americans Call Shutdown 'Embarrassing' As It's Set To Become Longest In History

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An NPR/Ipsos poll finds more than 70 percent of Americans say the shutdown is embarrassing for the country, will hurt the economy and the government should remain open while budget talks continue. (Image credit: Natalie Behring/Getty Images)
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Visitor centres reopen at Canyonlands, Arches national parks

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MOAB, Utah - Arches and Canyonlands national parks in southeastern Utah are reopening visitor centres that have been closed due to the nearly 3-week-old federal government's partial shutdown.
Parks officials said in Facebook posts that donations from the Canyonlands Natural History Association allowed visitor centres at Arches National Park and Island in the Sky district of Canyonlands National Park to be open daily 9 a.m.-4 p.m. beginning Friday.
The announcements also said efforts were underway at both parks to clear roads and sidewalks but that the status of roads could depend on...
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Most Americans Call Shutdown 'Embarrassing' As It's Set To Become Longest In History

Most Americans Call Shutdown 'Embarrassing' As It's Set To Become Longest In History

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An NPR/Ipsos poll finds more than 70 percent of Americans say the shutdown is embarrassing for the country, will hurt the economy and the government should remain open while budget talks continue. (Image credit: Natalie Behring/Getty Images)
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A sportswear company blasts the government shutdown in a full-page ad calling for Trump to 'Make America's Parks Open Again'

A sportswear company blasts the government shutdown in a full-page ad calling for Trump to 'Make America's Parks Open Again'

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Columbia Sportswear ran a full-page ad in The Washington Post on Friday, calling for an end to the government shutdown and to "Make America's Parks Open Again."
"Walls shouldn't block access to parks, and federal workers shouldn't be left out in the cold," Columbia CEO Tim Boyle is quoted in the ad. "Work together to open the parks."
National parks have been plagued by garbage and feces overflow in recent weeks, absent of workers to clean toilets or pick up trash.
Columbia Sportswear wants President Donald Trump to "Make America's Parks Open Again."
On Friday, the outdoors clothing and...
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