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Government shut down as lawmakers stay divided

Federal services halt as lawmakers remained split on health care law

WASHINGTON — Government services ground to a halt early Tuesday as lawmakers, ensnared in an ideological standoff, failed to prevent a shutdown that nearly all of them said they wanted to avoid.

The first federal shutdown in 17 years will put 800,000 workers on furlough when the workday begins Tuesday. National parks and many federal offices will close. The length of the shutdown was uncertain.

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