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MLK Memorial Preview Brings Crowds Of Tourists And Local Residents

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Washingtonians are getting their first close-up look at the new memorial dedicated to Reverend Martin Luther King Jr. today.

This memorial opened at 11 a.m. this morning, and since then dozens of tourists and local residents have come to visit the park, which sits right between the Lincoln and Jefferson memorials on the Tidal Basin, and within walking distance of the Washington Monument.

The centerpiece is a 30-foot sculpture of Dr. Martin Luther King emerging from a mountain of despair, a phrase taken from one of his many speeches.

The preview continues through Wednesday. The dedication ceremony falls on the 48th anniversary of the March on Washington and Dr. King’s ‘I Have A Dream’ speech.

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Chinese Dissident Artist Ai Weiwei Restricted To 20-Day U.K. Visa

Ai says he was denied a six-month visa because U.K. officials said he didn't list a criminal conviction in his application. Ai was imprisoned in China, but he notes he was never charged with a crime.
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Humans Aren't The Only Ones To Go Ape Over Diets: Chimps Detox, Too

A group of Ugandan chimps has found a great way to boost their mineral intake and neutralize bitter compounds in their diet: by eating clay.
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The Politics Hour - July 31, 2015

Join us for our weekly review of the politics, policies, and personalities of the District of Columbia, Maryland and Virginia.

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Debris Found In The Indian Ocean May Be From Missing Malaysia Airlines Jet

Investigators believe a piece of debris found on the French island of Réunion in the Indian Ocean could be from Malaysia Airlines Flight 370, which disappeared in March 2014.

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