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Booth attendants charged in Smithsonian parking fee theftsupdated: Mon Aug 06 2012 20:46:00

Three booth attendants have been charged in connection with thefts at the parking garage of the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum annex.

Why polio hasn't gone away yetupdated: Fri Jul 27 2012 17:40:00

Two little girls in matching gingham jumpers -- Pam is crouching and pulling on her sister Patricia's leg brace -- appeared in a poster for the National Foundation for Infantile Paralysis in the early 1950s. They'd both recovered from polio.

Space shuttle Enterprise makes final landingupdated: Wed Jun 06 2012 17:31:00

The space shuttle Enterprise made its final descent Wednesday, landing at its new home at New York City's Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum.

Space shuttle Enterprise flies againupdated: Fri Apr 27 2012 18:49:00

The space shuttle Enterprise, mounted atop a 747 jumbo jet, swooped across the New York City skyline on Friday before touching down at the city's John F. Kennedy International Airport, bringing an end to its final flight.

Shuttle Enterprise's final journeyupdated: Fri Apr 27 2012 18:49:00

Space shuttle Enterprise flies past the Statue of Liberty and other landmarks on the way to its new home at the Intrepid.

Smithsonian celebrates 'Art of Video Games'updated: Wed Apr 04 2012 07:07:00

Thirty to 40 years ago, when arcade and console games were primitive and parents condemned them as a new threat to their children's schooling, it was probably hard to imagine one of America's leading museums embracing video games as an artform.

Buzz Lightyear that flew on space shuttle donated to Smithsonianupdated: Thu Mar 29 2012 21:50:00

After thousands of trips around the Earth, Buzz Lightyear has landed at the Smithsonian.

Smithsonian breaks ground on black history museum updated: Thu Feb 23 2012 06:24:00

The Smithsonian Institution officially began construction Wednesday on a new museum dedicated to African-American culture and heritage -- a complex committed to the celebration and study of one of the central components of the American story.

African American museum breaks groundupdated: Thu Feb 23 2012 06:24:00

Lonnie Bunch, Director of the Smithsonian African American History Museum talks to CNN's Suzanne Malveaux.

Alexander Graham Bell goes digitalupdated: Tue Dec 27 2011 12:50:00

Voices recorded by inventor Alexander Graham Bell more than 125 years ago are being heard now, thanks to digital imaging technology.

Bell's recordings come to lifeupdated: Tue Dec 27 2011 12:50:00

Technology makes it possible to hear some of Alexander Graham Bell's early recordings for the first time.

First ladies' gowns in new home at the Smithsonianupdated: Fri Nov 18 2011 16:44:00

From bustles to silk chiffon with organza flowers and Swarovski crystals, the newly updated first ladies exhibition at the National Museum of American History is an extravaganza of frills and fashion.

Pepper spray used on demonstrators at Air and Space Museumupdated: Sun Oct 09 2011 18:06:00

Authorities used pepper spray on a group of protesters trying to enter the National Air and Space Museum on Saturday, forcing the building to close about two hours early.

Washington Monument closedupdated: Wed Aug 24 2011 06:10:00

CNN's Jim Acosta reports on the closing of the Washington Monument and the impact the earthquake could have had on it.

How the quake affected U.S. landmarksupdated: Wed Aug 24 2011 06:10:00

The earthquake that struck the eastern United States on Tuesday affected some major sites and landmarks. Here is a look at the latest developments:

Supreme Court sees video games as artupdated: Mon Jun 27 2011 20:33:00

Maybe it helps for the nation's highest court to say it, too?

Video games meet art at 'Into the Pixel'updated: Fri Jun 10 2011 15:46:00

Keep debating whether video games are art if you wish. At E3, the world's biggest gaming expo, it's a closed question. Here, video games are definitely art -- and a gallery-style exhibit aims to prove it to as many people as care to look.

Video games as fine art?updated: Fri Jun 10 2011 15:46:00

Art from different video games is displayed at the Into the Pixel gallery at E3 2011.

CNNMoney: Budget: What got cut? Don't know yetupdated: Mon Apr 11 2011 18:26:00

Newsflash! The 2011 budget saga isn't over.

CNNMoney: Government shutdown: White House details consequencesupdated: Fri Apr 08 2011 17:40:00

If the government closes shop after Friday, the IRS will stop processing paper tax returns, the Small Business Administration will stop making loans and federal home loan guarantees will be put on hold.

First integrated, female big band highlighted at Smithsonianupdated: Fri Apr 01 2011 16:27:00

When Rosalind Cron left home in the 1940s to join a teenage girl jazz band called the International Sweethearts of Rhythm, she had no idea what it would be like, as a white girl, traveling with the predominantly black band.

Shipwreck exhibit stirs up storm at Smithsonianupdated: Tue Mar 22 2011 07:58:00

Though they sit quietly beneath the waves, shipwrecks are a cause of much wrangling above the surface. The issue of underwater archaeology is clouded by concerns about treasure hunting, the safety of wrecks, and the sale of finds.

As history unfolds in Wisconsin, Smithsonian sends curatorupdated: Tue Mar 08 2011 17:38:00

The posters and placards carried by Wisconsin demonstrators will soon become an official part of the nation's legacy, adorning the walls of the Smithsonian's Museum of American History.

CNNMoney: Budget battle: What got cutupdated: Thu Mar 03 2011 07:25:00

You can wave bye-bye to $4 billion in government spending.

Van Halen guitar lands in Smithsonianupdated: Tue Feb 08 2011 06:12:00

A monster of sorts is lurking in the halls of the Smithsonian -- a beast that once belonged to rocker Eddie Van Halen.

Farrah's swimsuit makes the Smithsonianupdated: Wed Feb 02 2011 20:44:00

Thirty-five years ago, it was the fantasy of millions of teenage boys. From now on, it will be a museum piece.

Study: Neanderthals cooked, ate vegetablesupdated: Wed Dec 29 2010 10:18:00

Neanderthals were more like us than we thought.

Ant-covered crucifix video sparks controversyupdated: Wed Dec 08 2010 22:41:00

A video that features ants crawling over a crucifix has gone on display at a New York gallery -- after it was banned from a Smithsonian museum -- raising questions over the boundaries of freedom of expression in a city known for its art.

Volcano known as the 'Throat of Fire' erupts in Ecuadorupdated: Sat Dec 04 2010 21:28:00

Ecuador's Tungurahua volcano erupted Saturday, sending ash and lava spewing nearly a mile into the sky.

'Miracle' restoration of Haitian art in new exhibitupdated: Fri Oct 01 2010 12:45:00

After Haiti's devastating earthquake, Georges Nader picked up Hector Hyppolite's oil-on-cardboard painting like a father would a wounded child. He could barely hold back his tears.

It's easy being green at the Smithsonianupdated: Wed Aug 25 2010 17:59:00

Forget red versus blue. The nation's capital is seeing green.

Happy 75th anniversary, oh parking meterupdated: Fri Jul 16 2010 10:44:00

As you sift through your pockets Friday looking for change to pay the parking meter, stop and take a moment to wish it a happy birthday.

Smithsonian's real-time oil researchupdated: Tue Jun 22 2010 10:20:00

The Smithsonian Institution weighs in on the Gulf spill and its long term effects. CNN's Kate Bolduan reports.

Volcano's eruption spurs evacuations, closes airportupdated: Sat May 29 2010 15:06:00

Lava and ash from Ecuador's Tungurahua volcano forced the closure of Guayaquil Airport until Saturday afternoon, an airport spokesman said Friday.

Shuttles for sale: Less than 130 million miles, new paintupdated: Tue May 25 2010 21:40:00

So you're in the market for a new vehicle. Any chance you'd consider one with more than 100 million miles on the odometer, a neat white paint job and a sticker price of $28.8 million? Probably not.

Smithsonian: O.J.'s acquittal suit doesn't fit with its collectionupdated: Tue Mar 02 2010 19:07:00

The venerable Smithsonian Institution, often dubbed "America's Attic," said no Tuesday to adding a piece of 1990s history to its collections.

Buzz: Simpson suit is rejectedupdated: Tue Mar 02 2010 19:07:00

The Smithsonian turns down O.J. Simpson's suit, a possible "Brady" feud and other news from HLN's Showbiz Tonight.

Intriguing people for January 8, 2010updated: Fri Jan 08 2010 08:33:00

Robert Gates The Secretary of Defense will continue in that position in the Obama administration for at least another year, a Pentagon spokesman said Thursday. "Secretary Gates met with the president just before Christmas and gave him a commitment to stay on the job for at least another year," Geoff Morrell, deputy assistant secretary of defense and Pentagon press secretary, told CNN. Gates served as Secretary of Defense in the last two years of the Bush administration and stayed on in the post when President Obama took office. According to his biography, Gates is the only defense secretary in U.S. history to be asked to remain in office by a newly elected president. Gates once served as president of Texas A&M University.

Bird strike that downed plane was by migratory speciesupdated: Mon Jun 08 2009 19:22:00

You can blame it on out-of-towners.

'Museum' fun to film for cast and crewupdated: Mon May 25 2009 10:51:00

When a film cast includes names like Ben Stiller, Robin Williams and Owen Wilson, a bit of improvisation on set is to be expected.

'Battle of the Smithsonian'updated: Mon May 25 2009 10:51:00

It's another "Night At The Museum." Take a look as cast members talk about their adventure.

Review: 'Museum' sequel is enjoyably sillyupdated: Fri May 22 2009 07:59:00

Usually, when characters in a movie are one-dimensional, that's not a good thing. But in "Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian," the waxworks figures who come to life after sundown aren't crassly sketchy or dramatically lacking. They're one-dimensional, all right, but knowingly, delightfully so.

'Angels and Demons' fury?updated: Sun May 17 2009 15:12:00

The sequel to "The Da Vinci Code" has inspired more shrugs than shouts, as CNN's Kara Finnstrom reports.

'Angels & Demons' summons a $48 million bowupdated: Sun May 17 2009 15:12:00

Ron Howard's "Angels & Demons" soared to a $48 million opening this weekend, narrowly edging out a stellar $43 million second-week performance by "Star Trek," according to estimates by Hollywood.com Box Office.

Entertainment Weekly's picks of the weekupdated: Sat May 16 2009 08:52:00

There's not a lot of mystery about the Must Watch of the Week.

Red Carpet: 'Terminator: Salvation'updated: Sat May 16 2009 08:52:00

CNN's JD Cargill works the red carpet at the Hollywood premiere of "Terminator: Salvation."

Smithsonian exhibit captures history of Obama inaugurationupdated: Tue Apr 28 2009 21:30:00

When you think about the Smithsonian, images come to mind of old documents, artifacts and other materials from years gone by. But an exhibit unveiled Tuesday hopes to put forth a snapshot of recent history in the making.

CNN Student News Learning Activity: Understanding Earthquakesupdated: Wed Apr 08 2009 22:05:00

Procedure: Direct students to their textbooks and online resources to learn about what causes earthquakes and the scale used to measure an earthquake's magnitude. Then, organize students into small groups and assign each group one year between 1999 and 2009. Refer groups to print and online resources to learn more about the most significant earthquakes that took place in their assigned years. On a large map of the world, have students mark (with small circle stickers or markers) the locations of these earthquakes. Based on their observations, have students make hypotheses about why earthquakes occur where they do.

War message found inside Lincoln's watchupdated: Wed Mar 11 2009 02:24:00

A long-hidden message has been discovered inside Abraham Lincoln's pocket watch, the Smithsonian's Museum of American History announced Tuesday.

Thousands pen traveling Bibleupdated: Tue Feb 17 2009 08:37:00

Call it a project of biblical proportions: 31,173 verses, 90 cities, one Word.

Smithsonian exhibit pays homage to Lincolnupdated: Mon Feb 16 2009 09:41:00

One can only imagine the sights this hat has seen. Perched atop a man who towered over his peers at 6 foot 4 inches, this hat must have had quite a view.

Mementos of an American Iconupdated: Mon Feb 16 2009 09:41:00

Photojournalist Bethany Swain takes us inside the new Lincoln exhibit at the Smithsonian with curator Harry Rubenstein.

What got cut from the stimulus billupdated: Sat Feb 07 2009 17:40:00

A coalition of Democrats and some Republicans reached a compromise that trimmed billions in spending from an earlier version of the Senate economic stimulus bill.

CNNMoney: Stimulus: What got cutupdated: Sat Feb 07 2009 13:24:00

A coalition of Democrats and some Republicans reached a compromise Friday that trimmed billions in spending from an earlier version of the massive economic recovery package.

What GOP Leaders deem wasteful in Senate stimulus billupdated: Wed Feb 04 2009 13:10:00

On Monday, Congressional Republican leaders put out a list of what they call wasteful provisions in the Senate version of the nearly $900 billion stimulus bill that is being debated:

People.com: Michelle Obama's Gown Is Headed for the Smithsonianupdated: Mon Jan 26 2009 17:01:00

The first lady's inaugural ensemble could go on display as early as this summer

Museum home to election historyupdated: Sun Sep 14 2008 10:58:00

A Smithsonian collection of memorabilia from past political conventions records the rich history of election campaigns.

Preston on Politics: Memorabilia helps preserve convention historyupdated: Sun Sep 14 2008 10:58:00

The fireworks over Denver and balloon drop in St. Paul are distant memories of the 2008 presidential conventions, but Harry Rubenstein and Larry Bird hope the handful of Democratic and Republican delegates who pledged to help preserve history keep their word.

Smithsonian to slash executives' payupdated: Fri Aug 29 2008 17:32:00

At least 17 Smithsonian Institution executives with six-figure salaries will see pay cuts, many in the tens of thousands of dollars, under reforms adopted by the museum complex.

CNN Student News Learning Activity: Understanding earthquakesupdated: Wed Aug 13 2008 14:06:00

Direct students to their textbooks and online resources to learn about what causes earthquakes and the scale used to measure an earthquake's magnitude. Then, organize students into small groups and assign each group one year between 1999 and 2008. Refer groups to print and online resources to learn more about the most significant earthquakes that took place in their assigned years. On a large map of the world, have students mark (with small circle stickers or markers) the locations of these earthquakes. Based on their observations, have students make hypotheses about why earthquakes occur where they do.

Time.com: The Muppets Take Washingtonupdated: Sat Jul 12 2008 15:00:00

Kermit the Frog will be part of an exhibit, "Jim Henson's Fantastic World," at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington

China's giant pandas survive earthquakeupdated: Thu May 15 2008 06:53:00

China's giant pandas are believed to be safe after Monday's earthquake, but concern is growing over how they will get their next meals.

Indiana Jones is back!updated: Sun May 11 2008 23:25:00

Showbiz Tonight gives us a look at "Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull," starring Harrison Ford.

Colombian volcano eruptsupdated: Tue Apr 15 2008 17:14:00

A volcano erupts near Bogota, Colombia, prompting the evacuation of about 15, 000 people.

Thousands flee erupting Colombian volcanoupdated: Tue Apr 15 2008 17:14:00

The highest active volcano in Colombia erupted Monday night, prompting authorities to order the evacuation of up to 15,000 people.

People.com: Garth Brooks Donates Personal Stuff to Museumupdated: Wed Dec 05 2007 13:03:00

Garth Brooks has cleaned out his closet, giving some of what he found to the Smithsonian in the nation's capital, reports The Washington Post's Reliable Source column – which suggests he may have been encouraged by his wife, Trisha Yearwood, to get the stuff out of their house.

Time.com: 'Lucy' Fossil Departs for U.S. Tourupdated: Mon Aug 06 2007 12:00:00

The 3.2 million-year-old skeleton known as Lucy was quietly flown out of Ethiopia overnight for a tour of the United States, a trip some consider too risky

Money Magazine: Best Places to Vacationupdated: Thu Nov 02 2006 07:43:00

Instead of the typical vacation, consider these more memorable journeys.

Money Magazine: Getting There is Half the Funupdated: Wed Nov 01 2006 00:01:00

YES, YOU COULD JUST PLOP YOURSELF down on a beach in Jamaica this winter, but in most cases, it'd be no different from that beach in St. John's. Or Florida. Or California. The same is true of skiin...

The insider's guide to talking to aliensupdated: Tue Oct 10 2006 10:44:00

A laser time capsule is to be beamed into space from the the top of a pyramid in Mexico in a bid to make contact with extra-terrestrial life. Here's all you need to know about our ongoing efforts to prove we are not alone.

Fortune: Best steak knivesupdated: Fri May 19 2006 11:10:00

You've got the grill. You've got the dry-aged steaks. As you get in shape for summer and start serious consideration of upcoming cookouts, give equally serious thought to how you plan to slice your finished masterpiece.

U.S. is a nation of 360 million -- petsupdated: Fri Mar 10 2006 09:35:00

Pets outnumber people in the United States by about 60 million, with furry, feathered and scaly inhabitants numbering about 360 million, according to the pet industry.

Chief Justice's Dutiesupdated: Mon Sep 12 2005 11:07:00

Use this Extra! to introduce students to the unique responsibilities of the chief justice of the United States.

High performing rope takes weight offupdated: Thu Jul 28 2005 09:24:00

High-tech is not a word often used to describe a piece of rope, but add a data sensor to its fibers and you have what its creators call electronic rope technology.

Smithsonian exhibit honors vets from Revolution to nowupdated: Thu Nov 11 2004 08:30:00

A new exhibit honoring the American sacrifice during wars that span the nation's history opened in Washington D.C. on Veterans Day.

FSB: Got the Time?updated: Tue Jun 01 2004 00:01:00

In an age when you can check your watch against the time on your cellphone, those alternating time and temperature readouts on banks and office buildings may seem passé. But when Luke Williams and ...

Money Magazine: The Best Of The New SOMEWHERE, SOMEHOW, SOMEONE IS INVENTING ANOTHER SOMETHING. AND THAT MEANS...EVER MORE STUFF. HERE ARE THE Gupdated: Mon Oct 01 2001 00:01:00

Wander the Smithsonian complex in Washington, D.C. and you'll see the spirit of invention at its finest, from Stone Age tools to spaceships. But you don't need a museum to appreciate innovation. Cr...

Fortune: Whole Lava Love Joshua David explores his own peculiar obsession with volcanoes--from the primal thrill of eruption to the fear updated: Mon Jul 23 2001 00:01:00

Ten years ago, while on a cruise off Italy's southern coast, I saw my first volcano. The announcement that we were passing it came during the boozy roar of the second dinner seating. I was the only...

Fortune: George Washingtonupdated: Mon Mar 19 2001 00:01:00

This presidential portrait, on loan to the Smithsonian, will be taken back by its cash-strapped owner unless the museum can scare up $20 million. We could ask our wealthy (and attractive!) readers ...

Fortune: THESE MOVIES ARE GOING TO BE BIG, REALLY BIGupdated: Mon Jun 12 1995 00:01:00

Famous for beautiful yet educational films showcased on huge screens at museums like the Smithsonian Institution, Toronto's Imax Corp. is moving into the mainstream in a big way with its first 3-D ...

Money Magazine: HOLIDAY DEALS With some 3,000 stores and a dozen catalogues, museum shops now offer the bestupdated: Fri Nov 01 1991 00:01:00

Looking for gift ideas? How about a bronze sculpture by Frederic Remington? Or a gold bangle that once circled Cleopatra's arm? Or a Chippendale chair that graced Thomas Jefferson's Monticello? Hig...

Money Magazine: SMART MOVES updated: Fri Nov 01 1991 00:01:00

-- Buy intermediate-term bonds and bond funds for top total return (yield plus price appreciation). Though intermediate Treasuries (maturities of five years) are yielding only about 7%, vs. nearly ...

Money Magazine: BRAVE NEW WORLD OF COLD WAR COLLECTIBLESupdated: Thu Feb 01 1990 00:01:00

The decision to permit the destruction of the Berlin Wall instantly swelled the ranks of capitalism: it turned every Berliner with a hammer and a satchel into an entrepreneur. Pieces of the wall we...

Fortune: ANNUAL REPORTS AS MUSEUM PIECESupdated: Mon Aug 01 1988 00:01:00

Hold the shredder. That pile of old annual reports gathering dust may be more valuable than you think. The Smithsonian's Cooper-Hewitt Museum in New York City believes annual reports have artistic ...

Money Magazine: MIND-BLOWING CRUISES TO THE EARTH'S ENDS You can board a floating classroom this winter and head for Krakatoa or the South Pole.updated: Sat Nov 01 1986 00:01:00

Now voyager, here's your choice: You can set sail on a cruise liner with a thousand people you don't have much in common with and tax your mind sunbathing and shuffleboarding. Or you can sail to sp...

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