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BOSTON (AP) — A number of prominent Boston-area historical sites would end official tours or be closed altogether unless a partial federal government shutdown is averted.

Officials with the National Park Service in Massachusetts say the U.S.S. Constitution at the Charlestown Navy Yard, the Bunker Hill Monument, the African Meeting House on Beacon Hill and the Old North Bridge in Concord would be among the sites affected starting on Tuesday unless a budget deadlock in Congress is broken.

More than 100 park service employees in Boston could be temporarily furloughed.

The disruption would occur at a busy time of year as many tourists stop to visit historic sites in Boston before heading to other parts of New England to view fall foliage.

A number of planned school field trips would also be affected.

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