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WASHINGTON (AP) Mayor Vincent Gray and Delegate Eleanor Holmes Norton say Congress should not treat local government as a federal agency. D.C. officials say a government shutdown would mean trash would not be collected, parking tickets would not be issued and about 14,000 District of Columbia employees would be furloughed.

WASHINGTON (AP) Organizers of the National Cherry Blossom Festival Parade in Washington say they are appealing a decision to cancel the parade in the event of a government shutdown. A federal budget official says that if there is a government shutdown, the parade would be canceled.

WASHINGTON (AP) For the first time, newly digitized Civil War records are being available online. The effort is from the National Archives and Ancestry.com. It will let people trace family links to the war between the North and the South.

WASHINGTON (AP) A leading hospice care provider in the Washington region says end-of-life care is severely underutilized by black people in the district compared with people of other races. The study was done by Capital Hospice, which will announce today that it's changing its name to Capital Caring.

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