Washington sees impact of shutdown

WASHINGTON (AP) — Traffic has been lighter and the subways less crowded today in Washington, on the first day of a partial government shutdown.

The White House is operating with a skeletal staff, including household workers taking care of the first family's residence, and presidential aides working in the West Wing. A groundskeeper working outside at daybreak said he was doing a job normally handled by four workers.

Outside the Capitol and its adjacent visitor center early today, there were no signs warning tourists they wouldn't be admitted for the usual tours. A Capitol Police officer standing outside an entrance said he'd be breaking the bad news to the visitors.

The Smithsonian museums website displayed a red banner noting that "all Smithsonian museums and the National Zoo are closed." On the zoo's website, panda mom Mei Xiang (may shahng) could be seen snuggling with her weeks-old cub through the morning, until the feed was abruptly cut off around 8 a.m. Care of the animals will continue.

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183-a-11-(Daniel Cilberti (sihl-BUR'-tee), resident of Amissville, Va., in AP interview)-"adds to it"-Daniel Cilberti, a resident of Amissville, Virginia, says street vendors and performance artists have told him they're concerned about losing the income they get from federal employees who won't be around now. (1 Oct 2013)

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GRAPHICSBANK: Sign posted outside Lincoln Memorial stating that "Because of Federal Government Shutdown, All National Parks are Closed", Washington, DC, on texture, partial graphic (1 Oct 2013)

APPHOTO DCCK115: Fay Wagstaff, right, and her mother Fernanda Wagstaff of El Paso, Texas., sit outside the closed Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum in Washington, Tuesday, Oct. 1, 2013. Congress plunged the nation into a partial government shutdown Tuesday as a long-running dispute over President Barack Obama's health care law stalled a temporary funding bill, forcing about 800,000 federal workers off the job and suspending most non-essential federal programs and services. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster) (1 Oct 2013)

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APPHOTO DCCK101: A US Park Police officer watches at left as a National Park Service employee posts a sign on a barricade closing access to the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, Tuesday, Oct. 1, 2013. Congress plunged the nation into a partial government shutdown Tuesday as a long-running dispute over President Barack Obama's health care law stalled a temporary funding bill, forcing about 800, 000 federal workers off the job and suspending most non-essential federal programs and services. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster) (1 Oct 2013)

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