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Trust Seeks Volunteers To Work At National Mall

A nonprofit group that's working to restore the National Mall is seeking volunteers to help guide the park's millions of visitors. 

The Trust for the National Mall is working to expand its volunteer corps from 35 participants to at least 100 volunteers by the end of the year. The group's volunteers focus on areas of the mall without monuments and memorials. Those areas aren't covered by National Park Service volunteers and personnel. 

The Trust's volunteers help visitors find their way to sites, provide educational tours and offer historic information about the park, says Caroline Cunningham, president of the group. They'll need 100 volunteers trained and in place in time for the presidential inauguration in January. 

The program began last year under a grant from the Boeing Co. 

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'Kingdom' Examines Afghanistan Through The Prism Of The Karzai Family

Journalist Joshua Partlow was in Afghanistan from 2009 to 2012, a time of corruption, government dysfunction and civilian hostility to U.S. military operations. His new book is A Kingdom of Their Own.
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Long Absent In China, Tipping Makes A Comeback At A Few Trendy Restaurants

Viewed for decades as capitalist exploitation, tipping is now encouraged at some upscale urban restaurants catering to wealthy young customers. Restaurateurs insist it's strictly voluntary.
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Do Fact Checks Matter?

Voters' minds are stubborn, and politicians habitually spout falsehoods. That doesn't mean fact-checking is a failure, though.
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WATCH: Elon Musk Unveils His Plan For Colonizing Mars

In a speech at the International Astronautical Congress in Guadalajara, Mexico, the billionaire tech entrepreneur is detailing his vision for sending humans to the Red Planet.

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