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  1. Many national parks remain understaffed during the government shutdown while instances of vandalism and destruction rise
  2. Energetic Teddy was a hiking fanatic—follow his trail on these trips
  3. Museum buildings and research centers shuttered, most federal employees furloughed, while excepted Zoo staff continue care of the animals
  4. Who needs a ball? Cities get creative on New Year's Eve by dropping objects that reflect local products and culture
  5. Charged with manslaughter, the owners were acquitted in December 1911. A Smithsonian curator reexamines the labor and business practices of the era
  6. From rocket gardens to tumbleweeds, here are some of the most imaginative holiday trees in the United States
  7. From Norway to Alaska, here's where to see members of Santa's herd in person
  8. The former President, dead at 94 years old, was noteworthy for his “humanity and decency,” says a Smithsonian historian
  9. The InSight lander has successfully touched down on Mars
  10. A newly installed historical marker recognizes the site where Charles Guiteau shot the president in 1881