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U.S. shutdown ends: parks, museums and monuments reopen

Barriers went down at federal memorials, National Park Service sites, as well as the Smithsonian Institution's network of popular museums and thousands of furloughed federal workers returned to work across the country October 17, 2013 after 16 days off the job due to the partial government shutdown.
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Visitors at Tunnel View, like Kaori Nishimura and Eriko Kuboi from Japan, pose in front of Half Dome, center facing, during the reopening of Yosemite National Park, Calif., Oct. 17, 2013.
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Visitors at Tunnel View, like Kaori Nishimura and Eriko Kuboi from Japan, pose in front of Half Dome, center facing, during the reopening of Yosemite National Park, Calif., Oct. 17, 2013.

With the Lincoln Memorial in the distance, a worker cleans the fountain at the World War II Memorial in Washington, D.C., Oct. 17, 2013.
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With the Lincoln Memorial in the distance, a worker cleans the fountain at the World War II Memorial in Washington, D.C., Oct. 17, 2013.

Pres. Barack Obama, speaking in Washington, D.C., is seen on a screen on the floor of the N.Y. Stock Exchange, Oct. 17, 2013. Obama says the government shutdown "inflicted unnecessary damage" to the U.S. economy.
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Pres. Barack Obama, speaking in Washington, D.C., is seen on a screen on the floor of the N.Y. Stock Exchange, Oct. 17, 2013. Obama says the government shutdown "inflicted unnecessary damage" to the U.S. economy.

National Park Service employees remove barricades from the grounds of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, Thursday, Oct. 17, 2013.
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National Park Service employees remove barricades from the grounds of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, Thursday, Oct. 17, 2013.

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