Smithsonian, EPA Ready to Close as Shutdown Toll Deepens

Smithsonian, EPA Ready to Close as Shutdown Toll DeepensNearly 14,000 workers at the EPA prepared to be furloughed at midnight, the seventh day of a shutdown that showed scant signs of ending. The Smithsonian said all museums, research centers and the National Zoo will close starting Jan. 2 unless the shutdown ends. Earlier, the Federal Communications Commission said it could remain open through Jan. 2, and after that would have to stop accepting consumer complaints.



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