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  • FILE - In this June 24, 2013 file photo, storm clouds pass over downtown Chicago. The federal government shutdown may have seemed like a frustrating squabble in far-off Washington, but in Chicago, it crept into our lives in small, subtle ways _ from missed vegetable inspections to inaccessible federal websites. (AP Photo/Scott Eisen)

    The federal government shutdown may have seemed like a frustrating squabble in far-off Washington, but it crept into lives in small, subtle ways.

    LAST UPDATE : Oct 18, 2013, 11:33 AM EDT
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  • A Bay Area Rapid Transit train arrives at a station Tuesday, Oct. 15, 2013, in Oakland, Calif. A recipe for gridlock was brewing in the San Francisco Bay Area, as two of the region's major transit agencies teetered on the brink of commute-crippling strikes. While talks between the Bay Area Rapid Transit agency and its unions to avoid the second walk-off in four months were set to resume on Tuesday, workers at a major regional bus line said they would go on strike in 72 hours. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)

    A marathon negotiating session between the San Francisco Bay Area's main commuter train agency and its unions has stretched into a second day.

    LAST UPDATE : Oct 17, 2013, 11:05 AM EDT
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