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Defense Dept. will furlough civilian employees

WASHINGTON — After weeks of debate and number-crunching, the Defense Department announced plans Tuesday to furlough about 680,000 of its civilian employees for 11 days through the end of this fiscal year, allowing only limited exceptions for the military to avoid or reduce the unpaid days off.

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, in a memo to the department, called the decision ‘‘an unpleasant set of choices’’ between furloughing workers or cutting training and flight operations.

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