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Botanic Garden Shuts Down, But Who'll Water The Plants?

Among the casualties of the federal government shutdown is the U.S. Botanic Garden, which has been closed since Oct. 1.

As the government shutdown began, the final official act of many furloughed office workers was to grab their plants so they could care for them at home. That raised a question in Washington: Who would look after the Botanic Garden's plants?

So we asked that question of Ari Novy, who serves as the facility's public programs manager. He says the plants, which include many exotic and unusual specimens, are doing fine.

"All of our plant collections remain in healthy condition," he says. "We do have a small number of staff reporting to the Botanic Garden each day to make sure the plants are cared for."

Although staff members are working to keep the plants healthy, the facility that's just steps from the Capitol is closed to visitors. If you'd like a peek at what's blooming in the garden's conservatory, its website can give you an idea.

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In 'Hustling Hitler,' A Jewish Vaudevillian Scams The Third Reich

It seems everyone has one: the eccentric relative much gossiped about. For Walter Shapiro, it's his great-uncle, Freeman Bernstein. The vaudeville manager, boxing promoter, card shark and stock swindler managed to scam the Third Reich. Shapiro writes about this in his new book, Hustling Hitler.
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Click For Fewer Calories: Health Labels May Change Online Ordering Habits

Will it be a hamburger or hummus wrap for lunch? When customers saw indications of a meal's calorie content posted online, they put fewer calories in their cart, a study finds.
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Obama: Trump Hasn't Captured 'Zeitgeist Of The Country'

Donald Trump may have clinched the GOP nomination, but President Obama says Trump's record low favorability ratings show that he hasn't won over the hearts and minds of the country just yet.
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Click For Fewer Calories: Health Labels May Change Online Ordering Habits

Will it be a hamburger or hummus wrap for lunch? When customers saw indications of a meal's calorie content posted online, they put fewer calories in their cart, a study finds.

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