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Updated: Tue, 08 Oct 2013 04:17:12 EST

DECATUR, Ga. (AP) — Georgia Department of Veterans Services officials say the building that houses its claims and appeals division is closing because of the federal government shutdown. Officials say the office will be closed to visitors beginning today because the Department of Veterans Affairs Atlanta Regional Office has reduced staffing levels during the shutdown. OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Former President Jimmy Carter says the income gap in the United States has increased to the point where members of the middle class resemble the Americans who lived in poverty when he occupied the White House. Carter offered his assessment of the nation's economic challenges yesterday at a Habitat for Humanity construction site in California. ATLANTA (AP) — National Head Start Association officials say two philanthropists have made a donation of up to $10 million to help keep Head Start programs running during the federal government shutdown. Programs in Georgia, Alabama, Connecticut, Florida, South Carolina and Missouri were closed at the end of the first week of the shutdown. ATLANTA (AP) — Atlanta Public Schools officials say a student was hospitalized yesterday after being attacked by dogs on a school grounds. Atlanta police spokeswoman Kim Jones says a student at Carver High School in southeast Atlanta was attacked.

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