But people quickly noticed this message at the top of the page.
When I called the USGS to ask about any “accuracy or timeliness” being hit by the shutdown, I got an automatic message that said, “Due to a lapse in appropriations, we are prohibited from conducting work as a federal employee, including returning phone calls and emails until further notice.” Two phone numbers were given in case the call was for “urgent matters about protecting life and property.”
- A Memphis police officer was shot dead on Saturday night while conducting a routine traffic stop, according to a statement from the Memphis Police Department.
- A conservation group in Zimbabwe reported that Jericho, the brother of beloved lion Cecil, was shot and killed by a hunter. But some scientists monitoring the pride believe he is OK.
- Joe Biden has begun to "actively explore a possible presidential campaign," the New York Times reports.