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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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'Top Gear' Team Signs Deal With Amazon; New Car Show Set For 2016

The trio left the BBC under a cloud, after Jeremy Clarkson's contract was not renewed because of a physical and verbal attack on a show producer.
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Do Fish Names Encourage Fishy Business?

Legally, a single fish species can go by many names from sea to plate, and different fish can go by the same name. An environmental group says that hampers efforts to combat illegal fishing and fraud.
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A Congressional Attempt To Speed The Development Of Lifesaving Treatments

Earlier this month, the House of Representatives passed the 21st Century Cures Act in a rare bi-partisan effort. The bill is meant to speed the development of lifesaving treatments, but critics warn it may also allow ineffective or even harmful drugs onto the market.

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Obama Orders Development Of Supercomputer To Rival China's 'Milky Way'

It is hoped that the new supercomputer, expected to go online by 2025, would be the first to "exascale" machine — some 20 times faster than today's fastest machine.

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