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Homeland Security officials scramble to prepare for shutdown
Homeland Security officials scramble to prepare for shutdown

As the clock ran out on the Department of Homeland Security’s budget Friday, managers at offices across the country scrambled to make plans for thousands of furloughs and service cuts. Training centers for air marshals, Secret Service officers, and immigration and border agents readied to go dark. Headquarters told clerical staff to stay home. And Border Patrol officials prepared to pull uniformed agents off the line to answer phones and file paperwork. Researchers seeking new ways to detect explosives on airplanes will be furloughed without pay. So will teams working to improve ways to detect nuclear weapons or devices designed to spread lethal radiation. The...

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