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A look at how a shutdown would affect Americans

You'd still get your mail — and your usual Social Security payment. But troops' pay might be delayed, and you'd have to put off that spring break trip to a national park. Full story

Border battle in Russia Arctic over oil, nature

Russia's Natural Resources Ministry might be trying to set an Arctic nature reserve's borders in a way that environmentalists say will subvert boundaries to accommodate oil drilling plans. Full story

National park threatened by oil spill

   An oil tanker ran aground near a Norwegian national park that is home to many different birds. Alex Witt reports.

Wild Tiger Gets New Home in Nepal

A wild tiger has a new home this week after Nepalese authorities moved the animal from one national park to another. The transport of the highly endangered species was a first for the Asian country. Full story

Afghanistan’s hidden treasures

   Beyond the ugliness of the fighting between the U.S. and the Taliban sits Bamiyan Province, a national treasure in a nation divided by war. NBC’s chief foreign correspondent Richard Engel tours the region and speaks with its people about their hopes and dreams.

Visit a national park for free Aug. 14-15

More than 100 national parks that usually charge entrance fees will be offering free admission the weekend of Aug. 14-15. Full story

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  Our nation’s golden arches

Utah’s Arches National Park is home to the largest concentration of naturally created sandstone arches on the planet, considered by some to be one of the world’s most majestic geological wonders. TODAY’s Jenna Bush Hager takes a look.

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The volcano Teide is pictured on Decembe
The volcano Teide is pictured on Decembe

The volcano Teide is pictured on December 21, 2010 during a total lunar eclipse, in the National Park of Teide on the spanish canary island of Tenerife. AFP PHOTO/ DESIREE MARTIN