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Statue of Liberty to reopen; shutdown keeps other parks, monuments closed

Statue of Liberty to reopen; shutdown keeps other parks, monuments closedThe Statue of Liberty will reopen on Monday even if the U.S. government shutdown extends into the work week, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo said on Sunday, vowing to use state funds to keep the landmark monument in operation. Dozens of other national parks and monuments were expected to remain partially or entirely closed after Congress failed to agree on a spending plan to keep the government running past a Friday midnight deadline. "Not all parks are fully open but we are all working hard to make as many areas as accessible to the public as possible," U.S. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke said on Twitter on Saturday.



U.S. federal workers worry about government shutdown

U.S. federal workers worry about government shutdownThousands of federal workers faced uncertainty about the status of their jobs and paychecks after U.S. Senate leaders failed to reach an agreement to end a government shutdown before the work week begins on Monday. Funding for federal agencies ran out at midnight on Friday and was not renewed amid a dispute between U.S. President Donald Trump and Democrats over immigration. Late on Sunday, the Senate scheduled a vote on a stopgap spending measure for noon on Monday (1700 GMT), ensuring the federal government would stay shut in the morning and leaving workers uncertain how long it would last.



Government workers begin shutdown as Senate vote looms

Government workers begin shutdown as Senate vote loomsBy Amanda Becker and Richard Cowan WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Hundreds of thousands of federal workers began shutting down operations on Monday with the U.S. government closed and the Senate prepared to try again to restore funding, if only temporarily, and resolve a dispute over immigration. As government employees prepared for the first weekday since the shutdown began at midnight Friday, U.S. senators were to vote at midday on a funding bill to get the lights back on in Washington and across the government until early February. Support for the bill was uncertain, after Republicans and Democrats spent all day on Sunday trying to strike a deal, only to go home for the night short of an agreement.



Ferry service helps Alcatraz escape from government shutdown

Ferry service helps Alcatraz escape from government shutdownThe lights are on at Alacatraz Island, the famous federal prison turned tourist destination in San Francisco Bay, even though the U.S. government has shut down. Private business is stepping up. Tour boat operator Hornblower Cruises & Events is subsidizing Golden Gate National Recreational Area, a park to which the Alcatraz Island belongs, to the tune of $48,000 for security personnel and utilities at Alcatraz over the next few days.



Mayor of Allentown, Pennsylvania to go on trial on corruption charges

Mayor of Allentown, Pennsylvania to go on trial on corruption chargesThe mayor of Pennsylvania's third largest city, Allentown, is scheduled to appear at the start of his federal corruption trial on Monday, accused of soliciting campaign contributions in exchange for public contracts. Mayor Edwin Pawlowski, who was re-elected to fourth term in November despite a sweeping "pay-to-play" indictment, is charged with 54 criminal counts, including bribery, conspiracy and fraud. Pawlowski and Vaughn Spencer, a fellow Democrat who previously served as mayor of Reading, Pennsylvania, were charged in July in a long-running federal corruption investigation.





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