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4:52pm

Tue October 1, 2013
The Two-Way

The Shutdown's Squeeze On Science And Health

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In addition to shutdowns of national parks (including Alcatraz Island and Yosemite) and the supplemental nutrition program for women, infants and children, the mandatory furloughs are affecting a wide range of government science and health agencies. Here's a snapshot:

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4:50pm

Tue October 1, 2013
The Two-Way

Shutdown And Out: Waiting For The Train Home

Originally published on Wed October 2, 2013 11:07 am

Pat Barnes of Hanover, Md. waits for her train at Union Station in Washington, D.C. on Oct. 1, the first day of the government shutdown. Barnes is a federal employee and was sent home early in response to the shutdown.
Meredith Rizzo NPR

Two extra midday commuter trains left D.C.'s Union Station this afternoon, shuttling federal employees deemed "nonessential" home to Virginia and Maryland.

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4:10pm

Tue October 1, 2013
Shots - Health News

In Florida, Insurer And Nonprofits Work On Enrollment

Originally published on Tue October 1, 2013 5:05 pm

Nonprofits are looking to help people sign up for insurance coverage in Florida.
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Florida Gov. Rick Scott and other Republican leaders have worked to block the Affordable Care Act since it was first proposed.

As Tuesday's opening of enrollment approached, Florida's Health Department said it wouldn't allow navigators and others to use its offices to educate and counsel people on the new law.

But others are eager to help. "We're ready to serve our community," says Efraim Monzon, director of a Florida Blue retail center in Miami. "We've been ready since 2010 when we heard it was coming."

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4:10pm

Tue October 1, 2013
Author Interviews

'Thank You For Your Service' Follows America's Soldiers Home

Originally published on Thu October 3, 2013 12:58 pm

In the pages of David Finkel's new book, you'll meet a veteran who has recurring nightmares in which a fellow soldier asks, "Why didn't you save me?" You'll also meet a veteran who sees images of dead Iraqis floating in his bathtub, and another who tries to kill himself by biting through his right wrist — the only wrist he can raise to his mouth since his left side is paralyzed.

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4:08pm

Tue October 1, 2013
The Two-Way

Scenes Of A Shutdown: A Synagogue Hosts Furloughed Workers

Originally published on Tue October 1, 2013 4:51 pm

To lighten the mood, organizers provided Ping-Pong paddles decorated with head-shots of party leaders in Congress.
Christina Cauterucci NPR

As more than 800,000 government employees were sent home this morning, the staff at Washington, D.C.'s Sixth & I Historic Synagogue opened "Shutdown Central," a gathering space for furloughed locals to work and play.

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