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Area 7 Agency on Aging and Disabled staff members Tina Eveland and Janet Royer pack meals to be delivered Tuesday in Terre Haute, Ind. Under the automatic cuts to the federal budget set to take effect this week, Indiana will lose about $820,000 in funds that provide meals for seniors. (AP Photo/The Tribune-Star, Joseph C. Garza)

New crisis looms as budget cuts hit US on Friday

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WASHINGTON (AP) -- Billions of dollars in harsh budget cuts are hitting the U.S. government on Friday, and officials are conceding that last-minute moves by both Democrats and Republicans in Congress to soften the blow are doomed.

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