Mass. attractions reopen after shutdown ends

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BOSTON (AP) - Some of the most popular tourist attractions in Massachusetts are reopening following a Congressional deal that ended the two-week partial government shutdown.

Craig Thatcher, North District Ranger at the Cape Cod National Seashore, says gates were reopening Thursday allowing visitors back in the sprawling 44,000-acre park. Bathrooms and the visitors' center were also expected to reopen.

Thatcher says he was one of 11 park employees out of nearly 100 who continued to work through the crisis. He says his colleagues are happy to be back.

In Boston, park rangers opened gates and took down signs informing people of the shutdown at the U.S.S. Constitution.

Petty Officer 2nd Class Peter Melkus says the historic ship looks great and "we're quite excited to open it back up to the public."


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