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Government shuts down, parks and museums take the hit

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A National Parks policeman walks past a sign after the Lincoln Memorial was sealed off from visitors in Washington on Oct. 1.

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Fay Wagstaff of El Paso, Texas, sits on the front steps of the closed Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum in Washington, Oct. 1.

The U.S. government began a partial shutdown on Tuesday for the first time in 17 years, placing hundreds of thousands of federal employees on indefinite furloughs, closing national parks and stalling medical research projects.

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Christine Palka, a park ranger at Grand Teton National Park, turns away visitors in Moose, Wy. on Oct. 1, following the government shutdown.

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Abigail Welch, a member of the Family, Career and Community Leadership of America group, poses in front of the U.S. Capitol in Washington on day one of the government shutdown. Her group was scheduled to meet with members of the Congress on Tuesday.

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A U.S. Park Police officer asks tourists to leave the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial as it is closes in Washington on Oct. 1.

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Tourists who had hoped to visit the Statue of Liberty stand near the dock used by Liberty Island ferries on Oct. 1, in New York City.

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Tourist Tomoko Ida, right, of Tokyo, covers her mouth when she hears that the Statue of Liberty is closed, Oct. 1, in New York City. Traveling with her are Jin Onuki, left, and Tomoya Osada.

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The Lincoln Memorial is sealed off from visitors in Washington on Oct. 1.

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A group of art students take up the staircase of the National Art Gallery as it is closed due to Federal government shutdown in Washington.

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Workers secure scaffolding around a statue of George Washington on the steps of Federal Hall in New York City as restoration work has been halted because of the federal government shutdown on Oct. 1.

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The impact of the first government shutdown in 17 years was felt across America as offices were shuttered and workers were sent home after lawmakers failed to come to a deal.