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In New York, tourists left high and dry as Statue of Liberty shuts down

In New York, tourists left high and dry as Statue of Liberty shuts downBy Chris Francescani and Ian Simpson NEW YORK/WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Tourists who came to Battery Park in lower Manhattan hoping to catch a ferry to the Statue of Liberty in New York Harbor got an unpleasant surprise on Saturday, learning the must-see destination was closed because of the U.S. government shutdown. The National Park Service announced on Friday afternoon that it would close the historic statue and nearby Ellis Island to visitors if Congress failed to reach a funding deal by midnight. “If they knew it was being shut down, they should have told us,” said Amparo Mendez, 17.



Trump to Democrats: no immigration talk until U.S. government reopened

Trump to Democrats: no immigration talk until U.S. government reopenedBy Richard Cowan and Ginger Gibson WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump and Republican lawmakers took a tough stance on Saturday after the U.S. Congress failed to fund federal agencies, saying they would not negotiate on immigration until Democrats help end the government shutdown. Funding for federal agencies ran out at midnight with no agreement in Congress, meaning the second year of Trump's presidency began without a fully functioning government.



Women's March protesters blast Trump as president touts gains

Women's March protesters blast Trump as president touts gainsThousands of women and their male supporters turned out on Saturday for the second Women's March, a nationwide series of protests against U.S. President Donald Trump marking the end of his tumultuous first year in office. The coordinated rallies in Washington, New York, Los Angeles, Chicago and about 250 other cities in the United States, as well as overseas locations, featured speaker after speaker blasting Trump for policies that many said hurt women and urging voters to turn out for congressional elections in November. The Republican president responded with a Twitter message touting the economic gains of the past year and how they benefited women.



Factbox: What happens in a U.S. government shutdown?

Factbox: What happens in a U.S. government shutdown?In shutdowns, non-essential government employees are furloughed, or placed on temporary unpaid leave. After previous government shutdowns, Congress passed measures to ensure that all unpaid workers received retroactive pay. The Trump administration would support a similar measure, a senior administration official said on Friday.



Trump's Davos trip now in flux: White House budget director

Trump's Davos trip now in flux: White House budget directorU.S. President Donald Trump's trip to attend the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, next week is now in flux because of the federal government shutdown, White House budget director Mick Mulvaney said on Saturday. Trump already canceled a weekend trip to his Florida resort after a funding impasse in Congress shut down the federal government on Saturday. "The president will not be going to Florida now and we're taking Davos, both from the president's perspective and the Cabinet perspective, on a day by day basis," Mulvaney said.





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