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Will elephants still roam earth in 20 years?updated: Fri Jun 15 2012 06:55:00

At the start of the 1980s there were more than a million elephants in Africa. During that decade, 600,000 were destroyed for ivory products. Today perhaps no more than 400,000 remain across the continent, according to Samuel Wasser of the University of Washington, who is widely recognized as an authority on the subject.

Philadelphia names first poet laureateupdated: Thu Dec 29 2011 15:43:00

A Pennsylvania city known for its cheesesteaks, sports fans and Colonial history now has something else it can boast: a poet laureate.

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.

Saudi king signals greater role for women in politicsupdated: Mon Sep 26 2011 12:00:00

The king of Saudi Arabia has opened the door to greater participation by women in future municipal elections.

How to respond to online hatersupdated: Wed Jun 01 2011 06:59:00

It's an empirical fact: There are people out there who hate you.

7 digital mistakes to avoid in 2011updated: Wed Jan 05 2011 10:38:00

Ah, 2011. A new year and a prime time to make resolutions -- a word that stems from the Latin word resolutio, which roughly translates to "intense self-flagellation followed by structured reflection on the things you hate about yourself."

How to back up your social media dataupdated: Wed Dec 29 2010 10:34:00

Remember how we were all freaking out on New Year's Eve, 1999, convinced that the world as we know it would end -- at the hands of machines, of course?

Reports: Ex-Venezuelan president Perez dies at 88updated: Sat Dec 25 2010 21:11:00

Former Venezuelan President Carlos Andres Perez died Saturday in Miami, Florida, state-run media and CNN affiliate Globovision reported.

Behind-the-scenes tour reveals Supreme Court traditions, grandeurupdated: Thu Dec 23 2010 20:06:00

"Equal Justice Under Law" -- the words symbolize the American heritage of democracy and the rule of law.

Inside the Supreme Courtupdated: Thu Dec 23 2010 20:06:00

Kate Bolduan takes a rare peek at what lies behind the walls of the Supreme Court.

U.S. agencies warn unauthorized employees not to look at WikiLeaksupdated: Fri Dec 03 2010 22:05:00

Unauthorized federal workers and contractors have been warned not to attempt to read the classified documents on WikiLeaks on either government or personal computers.

'Lost' silent movies returned to U.S.updated: Thu Oct 21 2010 18:38:00

Digitally preserved copies of 10 silent films previously thought to be lost forever are now at the Library of Congress.

'Lost' silent movies found in Russia, returned to U.S.updated: Thu Oct 21 2010 18:38:00

There weren't any starlets or red carpet, but the Library of Congress had a blockbuster day at the movies on Thursday.

Is Twitter a national mood ring?updated: Fri Aug 06 2010 09:05:00

How are fads started and spread? Do certain influential people play a key role, or is it truly random? How does a trend go from new and exciting to old and passe so quickly? Does having happy friends have an effect on our own happiness?

Gates on recession, Facebook, Twitterupdated: Fri Aug 06 2010 09:05:00

In June, Bill Gates sounded off on the recession, Facebook, Twitter and the risks involved with social networking sites.

How to handle a break-up onlineupdated: Wed Jul 07 2010 08:58:00

So you've had your heart ripped from your chest -- the left ventricle cleaved from the right. The aorta geysering blood across your bedroom floor, on which you are currently sprawled.

McCartney honored by Library of Congressupdated: Thu Jun 03 2010 08:31:00

Paul McCartney wins the Gershwin Prize, then discusses the backstory behind some of the songs he likes performing.

Paul McCartney receives Gershwin Prize, plays hits at White Houseupdated: Thu Jun 03 2010 08:31:00

A long and winding road brought Sir Paul McCartney to the White House on Wednesday, where he was honored by the president of the United States and performed some of the most famous songs from his catalogue with the Beatles and after.

Who said tweets are trivial?updated: Fri Apr 16 2010 10:58:00

Web sites come and go, but the short bursts of text you publish on one Web site in particular -- Twitter.com --may end up having a longer shelf life than the company itself. The Library of Congress announced this week that it will archive the billions of tweets published since Twitter launched in March 2006.

Library of Congress to archive your tweetsupdated: Wed Apr 14 2010 17:31:00

Every 140-character snippet of info you've ever shared publicly on Twitter will soon have a home next to the Declaration of Independence.

CNNMoney: Google and Library of Congress archive tweetsupdated: Wed Apr 14 2010 15:33:00

What was the Twitterverse's reaction to the Lehman Brothers collapse? President Obama's election? Now you won't have to wonder.

CNNMoney: Cisco unveils ultra-fast Internet technologyupdated: Wed Mar 10 2010 14:15:00

Cisco unveiled a new Internet technology Tuesday that it says will provide the ultra-fast data speeds necessary to stay ahead of users' rapidly growing online video demands.

Passion and pain on Capitol Hillupdated: Thu Feb 18 2010 08:48:00

It is hard to believe that it has been an entire year since Jason Chaffetz and I undertook a project with CNN to chronicle, in video and in prose, our first year. Both of us have grown a lot along the way and learned many lessons, and I hope that our readers and viewers have a notion, as we now do, of what it is like to serve in Congress.

Military gay policy face-offupdated: Thu Feb 04 2010 12:01:00

Senators question Defense Secretary Gates and Joint Chiefs Chairman Adm. Mullen on repealing the controversial policy.

My secret life under 'don't ask, don't tell'updated: Thu Feb 04 2010 12:01:00

When I first joined the Navy, I had no idea that I was gay. I was well into my career when I realized this fact, but I was doing well as evidenced by the awards and promotions I was receiving.

'Thriller,' 'Muppet Movie' now in Library of Congress film registryupdated: Wed Dec 30 2009 13:05:00

Michael Jackson's "Thriller," with its unforgettable zombie graveyard dance, has become a national treasure.

People.com: Barack Obama to Honor His Musical Hero, Stevie Wonderupdated: Tue Feb 24 2009 15:53:00

Will.i.am and Martina McBride will be among performers at the White House salute

Lincoln celebrationupdated: Thu Feb 12 2009 13:03:00

CNN's Don Lemon reports from the Lincoln Memorial as the country celebrates the 200th anniversary of Abraham Lincoln's birth.

Celebrating Lincoln's birth across the countryupdated: Thu Feb 12 2009 13:03:00

From Capitol Hill to Springfield, Illinois, President Obama and Congress paid tribute Thursday to Abraham Lincoln on the bicentennial of his birth.

Lincoln's 'rare eloquences' on display in bicentennial exhibitupdated: Wed Feb 11 2009 09:33:00

The Library of Congress marks 200 years since the birth of Abraham Lincoln on Thursday by opening a special exhibit featuring his handwritten speeches and artifacts, including the Bible used last month by President Obama during his swearing-in.

CNN Student News One-Sheet: Presidential Inaugurationsupdated: Tue Jan 13 2009 22:27:00

Use this resource as a brief history of presidential inaugurations and the traditions associated with them.

Time.com: StoryCorps: Ordinary Folks Telling Tales a Big Hitupdated: Wed Oct 01 2008 18:00:00

Patsy Lawson and her husband, Herman, grew up in a patch of Appalachia with "no railroad, no airstrips, just subsistence farming." There she learned from her father -- a "great natural storyteller" -- how to turn everyday events into compelling tales

Transsexual wins lawsuit against Library of Congressupdated: Fri Sep 19 2008 19:13:00

A former Army commander who underwent a sex change operation was discriminated against by the U.S. government, a federal judge ruled Friday in an important victory for transgenders claiming bias in the workplace.

Time.com: Transsexual Wins Discrimination Lawsuitupdated: Fri Sep 19 2008 18:00:00

A transsexual who was not hired by the Library of Congress because of an upcoming sex change has won a discrimination lawsuit in federal court

Time.com: A Transsexual Vs. the Government updated: Fri Sep 12 2008 09:00:00

Ex-Special Forces Col. David Schroer was up for a desk job with the U.S. government. But when revealed that he would soon be Diane, he was rejected. Was it sex discrimination?

Time.com: Armed Man Detained Near US Capitol updated: Fri Sep 05 2008 18:00:00

Capitol Police arrested a man Friday after they found a grenade and several weapons in his car several blocks from the Capitol building

Time.com: America's Busiest Poetupdated: Wed Jul 23 2008 19:00:00

Kay Ryan is the latest pick as the nation's top poet. If her predecessors are any guide, she'll have an exhausting year

Time.com: Jackson's 'Thriller' Among Cultural Treasuresupdated: Wed May 14 2008 11:00:00

The best-selling pop album on planet Earth and a disc sent hurtling into deep space are among recordings the Library of Congress will preserve for their cultural significance

Time.com: Dave Isay: Tell Me a Storyupdated: Tue Dec 11 2007 13:00:00

A radio documentarian wants to catalog people's lives simply by listening to them

Today's Buzz storiesupdated: Thu May 24 2007 14:11:00

"Rehab," the autobiographical top 10 single by Amy Winehouse, won best contemporary song Thursday at Britain's prestigious Ivor Novello songwriting awards.

Effort to 'green' U.S. Capitol complicated by coalupdated: Thu May 10 2007 13:03:00

U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's plan to make the U.S. Capitol complex more environmentally friendly is being hampered by the reluctance of lawmakers from coal-producing states to implement changes at the complex's coal-burning power plant.

Scandal pushes pages out of the background updated: Mon Oct 02 2006 09:51:00

Congressional pages have been in the background on Capitol Hill for 177 years, but the program -- which gives high school students a chance to work closely with lawmakers -- rarely gets much attention unless there's a scandal.

Fortune: 5 rules to make your work day saneupdated: Thu Mar 09 2006 09:40:00

Clay Shirky can be counted among the lucky few who not only appear to have mastered the wired world (and the wireless one) but get paid to decode it for the rest of us. He teaches graduate courses in interactive telecommunications at New York University. He has a busy technology consulting practice whose clients include Nokia and the Library of Congress.

CNNMoney: Life in a saltboxupdated: Fri Jan 20 2006 09:22:00

It must be pretty cool to be able to say that you live in a saltbox. It sounds something like living in a shoe. But just what the heck is a saltbox house anyhow?

Democrats grill Supreme Court nomineeupdated: Wed Jan 11 2006 07:23:00

Emotions ran high Wednesday as the Senate Judiciary Committee continued to question Supreme Court nominee Samuel Alito, and the top Democrat cited concern over what he called "inconsistencies" in the judge's testimony.

Gifts of the silver discupdated: Thu Dec 15 2005 10:11:00

For a circular piece of foil encased in plastic, it has certainly had a dramatic impact.

Al Qaeda book battleupdated: Fri Jan 21 2005 17:39:00

It's to be titled the "Al Qaeda Reader." Publisher Doubleday says it will include writings by Osama bin Laden and his second in command, Ayman al-Zawahri, from the 1990s.

CNNMoney: Al Qaeda book to hit shelvesupdated: Fri Jan 21 2005 13:07:00

An English translation of interviews with Osama bin Laden and writings by his second in command, Ayman al-Zawahiri will hit the shelves, according to The Wall Street Journal.

Englishman wrote national anthem melodyupdated: Sun Jul 04 2004 11:10:00

The organist at St. Andrew's Church in Aysgarth, England, played the American national anthem on Sunday to mark the U.S. Independence Day, while not knowing that the "Star Spangled Banner's" music was composed by an Englishman, John Stafford Smith.

Business 2.0: The Big Pictureupdated: Thu Apr 01 2004 00:01:00

ECONOMY

Papers reveal Roe v. Wade almost overturnedupdated: Thu Mar 04 2004 09:58:00

As lawyers and court watchers have long suspected, the Supreme Court was ready to effectively overturn the landmark Roe v. Wade ruling legalizing abortion in 1992, but Justice Anthony M. Kennedy got cold feet, and the vote went the other way.

Bush: U.S. drawing terrorists into a 'closing net of doom'updated: Wed Feb 04 2004 18:06:00

At a ceremony Wednesday marking the addition of a Sir Winston Churchill collection to the Library of Congress, President Bush echoed the words of the famous British prime minister, saying the United States is snaring terrorists in a "closing net of doom."

Money Magazine: Living History Two new exhibits bring our nation's founding documents aliveupdated: Mon Dec 01 2003 00:01:00

When I was in fourth grade, my class learned about the Constitution. You remember: checks and balances, the Elastic Clause, blah-blah-blah. I had more important things to ponder, like whether to sp...

Fortune: A Book? Furniture? It's Both!updated: Mon Oct 25 1999 00:01:00

In December, Taschen, publisher of art reference books, will print 2,500 limited-edition copies of the second-largest, perhaps the most expensive, and probably the heaviest book ever published.

Fortune: Spendthrifts Of The GOP THE REAL RIGHT-WING CONSPIRACY?updated: Mon Apr 27 1998 00:01:00

Politics today reflects George Wallace's taunt of three decades ago: "There ain't a dime's worth of difference between the major parties." Last year Republicans in Congress teamed up with Democrats...

Money Magazine: ''CAN A HOUSE QUALIFY AS A GIFT FOR TAX PURPOSES?''updated: Mon Aug 01 1988 00:01:00

REAL ESTATE Q. My parents bought a second house 15 years ago for $18,000. The house is now worth $140,000, and my parents recently paid off the mortgage. They want to transfer the deed to my sister...

Fortune: Facial Feedback in Washington, A Future Shock for the Unions, One Way to Fight Fascism, and Other Matters. Only in America (contupdated: Mon Sep 29 1986 00:01:00

WASHINGTON -- A federal judge ruled that the Library of Congress was denying equal access to blind people by eliminating Braille issues of Playboy from its shelves . . . U.S. District Judge Tom Hog...

Fortune: GRAMM-RUDMAN IS STARTING TO WORK Plenty of political turmoil is ahead. But, almost unnoticed, the new law is already helping to updated: Mon Apr 14 1986 00:01:00

AMID THE DIN of congressional budget making, a startling development has slipped by virtually unnoticed. Gramm-Rudman-Hollings, Congress's new law aimed at eliminating federal deficits, is beginnin...

Fortune: LIFE WILL BE DIFFERENT WHEN WE'RE ALL ON-LINE Lockheed, Mead, Dow Jones, Reader's Digest, H&R Block, and the SEC are among tupdated: Mon Feb 04 1985 00:01:00

IF YOU ARE among the hundreds of thousands of Americans who have recently begun using ''on-line databases,'' you doubtless have a strong sense of doing something futuristic. The explosion of these ...

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