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Saratoga park reopens as US gov't shutdown ends

STILLWATER (AP) -- Saratoga National Historical Park, site of one of history's most important battles, has reopened now that a temporary truce has been reached in Washington in the federal budget fight.

Spokeswoman Gina Johnson says the park also known as the Saratoga Battlefield is "100 percent open for business" Thursday, hours after President Barack Obama signed a bipartisan measure passed by Congress to end the partial government shutdown.

Saratoga was where the Americans defeated the British in 1777 in what many historians consider the turning point of the Revolutionary War. Thursday marks the 236th anniversary of the British surrender.

Johnson says tours are resuming at the park, located along the Hudson River in Stillwater, north of Albany. She says maintenance workers are catching up on jobs put on hold during the shutdown.
   AP-WF-10-17-13 1437GMT
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