Obama: Can't hold economy 'hostage'...Snags in health exchange enrollment...Returns , but no refunds

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Associated Press

Posted on October 1, 2013 at 12:00 PM

Updated Tuesday, Oct 1 at 12:00 PM

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama says House Republicans have shut down the federal government over an "ideological crusade" against his health care law. He spoke in the Rose Garden on the first day of the government shutdown -- and said the longer the shutdown continues, the worse the impact will be. The president says Republicans should not be able to hold the entire economy "hostage." He is urging them to reopen the government quickly and allow furloughed federal employees to go back to work.

WASHINGTON (AP) — Republicans say the GOP-controlled House intends to pass legislation to reopen portions of the government, including national parks and processing of claims at the Department of Veterans Affairs. The House would also allow the government of Washington, D.C. to use its own taxpayer funds to provide services like garbage pickup, as well as keep D.C. employees on the job. The closure of national parks is among the most visible effects of the partial government shutdown that hit the government after midnight on Monday. It would reopen gates and visitors centers at iconic parks like Yosemite and Yellowstone.

CHICAGO (AP) — Some of the people trying to enroll today for the online insurance marketplaces that are at the heart of the health care overhaul are running into problems. The system appears to have been overwhelmed by a combination of high demand and some technical glitches. A woman logging in from Texas and a man in Illinois say they ran into similar problems -- they couldn't get past the security questions while trying to set up their personal accounts.

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Internal Revenue Service says people who got a six-month extension on filing their tax returns in the spring will still have to pay them by October 15th -- even if the government is still shut down. But while the IRS says it will gladly accept tax returns and payments during the shutdown, it won't be issuing any tax refunds until the government resumes normal operations. There is a break for taxpayers who are getting audited. Those audits will be suspended until the government starts back up.

BUENA VISTA, Colo. (AP) — Authorities say the five people who were killed and a girl who survived a Colorado rock slide were members of the same family. A sheriff's official says the family was from Buena (BYOO'-nuh) Vista, Colo. The survivor is a teenage girl who is being treated for a broken leg. The rock slide crashed down yesterday on a popular and scenic trail in south-central Colorado.

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