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  • Which private citizens, besides Martin Luther King, have Mall memorials?

    Decoder Buzz Which private citizens, besides Martin Luther King, have Mall memorials?

    Contrary to conventional wisdom, Martin Luther King Jr. isn't the only non-president to have a memorial on the National Mall. Here are three other individuals who got prime space.

  • Virginia quake: What was the damage on the East Coast? [VIDEO]

    Virginia quake: What was the damage on the East Coast? [VIDEO]

    Virginia quake caused the evacuation of many buildings and triggered the shutdown of two nuclear reactors. Cellphone call volume spiked as people rushed to call loved ones after the Virginia quake.

  • Why MLK Memorial is one of the last new structures on the National Mall

    Decoder Buzz Why MLK Memorial is one of the last new structures on the National Mall

    The MLK Memorial, which the public gets a glimpse of Monday, is between the Lincoln and Jefferson memorials. Its centerpiece is a 30-foot statue of Martin Luther King Jr.

  • In Pictures Top US tourist attractions

    Crossroads of the World: Tourists walk at Times Square in New York on April 8. In 1904, Longacre Square was renamed Times Square for the opening of the new headquarters of the New York Times newspaper in the Times Building, now called One Times Square and the site of the annual ball drop on New Year's Eve.

  • Betty Ford to Michelle Obama: How seven first ladies have changed the office

    Betty Ford to Michelle Obama: How seven first ladies have changed the office

    Former presidents, politicians, and the family of former first lady Betty Ford gathered today in Palm Springs, Calif., to celebrate her life. Mrs. Ford, who died Friday, is remembered for her honest demeanor and dedication to equal rights. Since her husband's presidency, Betty Ford has passed the mantle of first lady to six other women. Here are the contributions each made:

  • In Pictures Cooling off

    Malee, a three-month old Asian elephant, cools off with a spray of water in her wading pool at the Oklahoma City Zoo in Oklahoma City on July 18. Much of the nation is in the grip of a broiling heat wave.

  • Fireworks on Independence Day: How to see them on the Mall (you should)

    Fireworks on Independence Day: How to see them on the Mall (you should)

    Every American should do this once in their lifetime: Brave the heat and the crowds and spend Independence Day on the National Mall. The fireworks and the National Symphony are worth it.

  • Designing for dignity

    Designing for dignity

    Moshe Safdie's success doesn't distract from his desire to create habitats that fit cities – and honor the individual.

  • Government shutdown 101: What would a shutdown mean for you?

    Government shutdown 101: What would a shutdown mean for you?

    If the budget impasse causes the government to shut down after Friday, many ordinary Americans would feel it. Some services deemed 'essential,' though, would continue amid a government shutdown.

  • In Pictures Government shutdown

    Sarah Ramadan, of Kuwait, poses for a photo under the Statue of Liberty in New York, on April 6. As talks to avoid a government showdown continue in Washington, the White House sought to put the prospect of a shutdown in terms people would care about, warning even that the beloved National Cherry Blossom Festival Parade in the nation's capital would be wiped out. The Smithsonian Institution and national parks around the country, as well as the Statue of Liberty, would also be closed.