Sightseeing

A United States Park Police officer post a sign informing of the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island closing at an entrance to the ferry, Saturday, Jan. 20, 2018, in New York. The National Park Service announced that the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island would be closed Saturday "due to a lapse in appropriations." Late Friday, the Senate failed to approve legislation to keep the government from shutting down after the midnight deadline. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)
January 20, 2018 - 5:42 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — Symbols of American promise became emblems of American dysfunction on Saturday when a dispute in Congress over spending and immigration forced scores of federal government agencies and outposts to close their doors. The Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island turned away visitors in...
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James Kristy and Ginger Lee of Palm Beach County, Fla., walk the boardwalk at Yellowstone National Park’s Mammoth Hot Springs on Saturday, Jan 20 2017 Visitors can still ride snowmobiles and snow coaches into Yellowstone National Park to gaze at the geysers and buffalo herds, despite the federal government shutdown. (AP Photo/Matthew Brown)
January 20, 2018 - 4:44 pm
ATLANTA (AP) — The Latest on how the government shutdown is affecting national parks (all times local): 4:30 p.m. Martin Luther King Jr.'s childhood home, historic Ebenezer Baptist Church and the visitor center at MLK National Historic Site in Atlanta are closed amid the federal government shutdown...
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FILE - In this photo March 22, 2013, file photo, the exterior of the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) building in Washington. There’s plenty that won’t get done if thousands of federal employees are barred from working until dysfunctional Washington agrees on a plan to restore funding. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh, File)
January 20, 2018 - 1:36 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — The federal government shutdown only partially curbs operations. But the longer the shutdown continues, the more likely its impact will be felt. U.S. troops will stay at their posts and mail will get delivered, but almost half of the 2 million civilian federal workers will be...
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Extra shirts hang inside of a senator's vehicle as the Capitol dome is reflected on Capitol Hill as a bitterly-divided Congress hurtles toward a government shutdown this weekend, Friday, Jan. 19, 2018, in Washington. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)
January 20, 2018 - 1:23 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. government shutdown began at midnight Friday as Democrats and Republicans failed to resolve a standoff over immigration and spending. Here's a look at what the parties are fighting over and what it means to shut down the government. ___ WHAT ARE LAWMAKERS FIGHTING ABOUT?...
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Extra shirts hang inside of a senator's vehicle as the Capitol dome is reflected on Capitol Hill as a bitterly-divided Congress hurtles toward a government shutdown this weekend, Friday, Jan. 19, 2018, in Washington. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)
January 20, 2018 - 12:31 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. government shutdown began at midnight Friday as Democrats and Republicans failed to resolve a standoff over immigration and spending. Here's a look at what the parties are fighting over and what it means to shut down the government. ___ WHAT ARE LAWMAKERS FIGHTING ABOUT?...
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FILE - In this Nov. 2, 2009 file photo, former Alaska Gov. Tony Knowles, center, accompanied by Rep. Jay Inslee, D-Wash., left, and Interior Secretary Ken Salazar, gestures while speaking to members of the media following their meeting at the White House in Washington. A U.S. Interior Department official has reacted harshly to the resignation of most members of a board that advises it on national parks. Knowles chaired the congressionally authorized board until Tuesday, Jan. 16, 2018, the Democrat and eight others on the 12-member board sent a resignation letter, saying their requests to meet as prescribed in law have been disregarded. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais,File)
January 17, 2018 - 7:04 pm
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — A U.S. Interior Department official reacted harshly Wednesday to the resignation of most members of a board that advises it on national parks, suggesting the move was politically motivated and their work was flawed. Todd Willens, associate deputy secretary of the department...
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Rancher Cliven Bundy speaks at Metropolitan Police Department headquarters two days after federal charges were dismissed against him in Las Vegas on Wednesday, Jan. 10, 2018. Bundy, the Nevada rancher and states’ rights figure who was freed after federal charges were dismissed in a 2014 armed standoff with government agents says the county sheriff and the governor are the only authorities he recognizes. (Chase Stevens/Las Vegas Review-Journal via AP)
January 10, 2018 - 8:08 pm
LAS VEGAS (AP) — The Nevada rancher who led a 2014 armed standoff with government agents spoke Wednesday saying that it's up to people in states, not the federal officials, to manage vast expanses of rangeland in the U.S. West. To conservative followers, the plainspoken 71-year-old Cliven Bundy is...
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FILE- In this Dec. 6, 2017, file photo, the Capitol Christmas Tree, which came from a northwestern Montana forest, is lit on the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol in Washington. Some Montana companies hope to keep the fame of the spruce tree that served as the U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree alive by trucking the tree back home to Montana. Organizers hope it can be used to help rebuild a century-old chalet in Glacier National Park that was destroyed in a wildfire last summer. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik, File)
January 10, 2018 - 7:09 pm
HELENA, Mont. (AP) — The spruce tree destined to serve as the U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree was carefully selected from a Montana forest and hauled across the country in a special truck to preserve its freshness. The 79-foot-tall (24-meter-tall) tree, which was lit up last month during a ceremony...
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January 05, 2018 - 4:36 am
LUXOR, Egypt (AP) — A hot air balloon with foreign tourists sightseeing over the southern city of Luxor crash landed on Friday, killing a tourist from South Africa and injuring seven others, Egyptian officials said. The officials said the incident was caused by strong winds that forced the balloon...
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January 02, 2018 - 3:39 am
BLACK MOUNTAIN, N.C. (AP) — Only YOU can recover Smokey Bear. That was the call issued by one North Carolina fire department with a $1,000 reward offer after a 6-foot (2-meter) tall sign of Smokey Bear went missing last week. Broad River Fire & Rescue in Buncombe County says the sign and an...
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