Mail would go through, but government shutdown would close national parks

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Posted: Monday, September 30, 2013 12:00 am

If Congress fails to act by late tonight, it'll be lights out for certain parts of the federal government.

As many as 800,000 of the nation's 2.1 million federal civilian workers could be told to stay home. Many basic government functions would continue uninterrupted, though others would slow or stop. But the impact would grow as time went on.

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