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Zhao Mengfu was the preeminent painter and calligrapher of the early Yuan dynasty (1279-1368). His Sheep And Goat scroll is estimated to be worth $100 million. Courtesy of the Smithsonian Institution hide caption

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Fine Art

Conserving Priceless Chinese Paintings Is An Art All Its Own

The U.S. has one of the world's best collections of Chinese paintings, but only four master conservators who know how to take care of them — and they're all approaching retirement. At the Freer and Sackler Galleries in D.C., Xiangmei Gu is passing her skills on to a new generation.

Visitors use the Unemployment Insurance Phone Bank in Sacramento, Calif., on Sept. 20. Tens of thousands in the state lost federal unemployment benefits in December. Rich Pedroncelli/AP hide caption

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With Benefits Cut, Unemployed Take Stock Of Dwindling Options

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Zhao Mengfu was the preeminent painter and calligrapher of the early Yuan dynasty (1279-1368). His Sheep And Goat scroll is estimated to be worth $100 million. Courtesy of the Smithsonian Institution hide caption

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Conserving Priceless Chinese Paintings Is An Art All Its Own

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The Everly Brothers, Phil (left) and Don, perform in 2004 in London. Jo Hale/Getty Images hide caption

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The Record

Phil Everly: Harmony To His Brother's Melody

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Phil Everly: Harmony To His Brother's Melody

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