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October 17, 2013

Federal workers back to work after 16-day shutdown

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In Pottsville, Pa., several people waited outside the Social Security office ahead of its 9 a.m. opening. Among them was James Ulrich, an unemployed 19-year-old who needed — but had been unable to get due to the shutdown — a replacement for his lost Social Security card. Without the card, he's been unable to apply for jobs.

"Pretty frustrating, because I know I can work," said Ulrich, who added that he needs a job while he studies for his GED. Ulrich was told Thursday that a replacement card would take another two weeks to arrive, so, in all, his job search will be delayed more than a month.

"I don't have a really good outlook on the government," he said.

In Ohio, visitor centers, restrooms and other areas at Cuyahoga Valley National Park were back in service. The National Museum of the U.S. Air Force, at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base near Dayton, Ohio, also was reopening on a normal basis. It had been open only one day during the shutdown.

In Florida, the closure of the Everglades National Park had put almost all Florida Bay off limits, but commercial fishermen were set to return Friday. In California, Yosemite National Park reopened Wednesday night, and Alcatraz Island was to reopen Thursday.

Crary reported from New York. Associated Press writers Matthew Barakat in Reston, Va.; Ben Nuckols in Springfield, Va.; and Michael Rubinkam in Pottsville, Pa., contributed to this report.

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