Tourists were turned away at the entrances to hundreds of monuments and national parks, as the country faced the first day of a partial government shut down. The shutdown, the first in 17 years, could result in up to 1 million workers on unpaid leave and the cancellations of many federal services.
Statues of female figures representing Grief and History stand before the U.S. Capitol Dome, October 1, 2013. The U.S. government began a partial shutdown on Tuesday for the first time in 17 years, potentially putting up to 1 million workers on unpaid leave, closing national monuments and parks and stalling medical research projects. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst