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BackStory: Independence Daze

In the early days of our nation, July Fourth wasn't an official holiday. In fact, it wasn't until 1938 that it became a paid day-off. We'll discuss how the Fourth became an important holiday in America. Plus, early Independence Day festivities and Frederick Douglass' 1852 Independence Day speech.

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Remains In Jamestown Linked To Early Colonial Leaders

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Artists are reinventing the humble tea bag, letting its contents and simple shape and color shine in beautiful, fragile art. Some are even farming out the tea drinking to get to the used bags.
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President Obama Addresses African Union In Ethiopia

President Obama addressed the African Union in Ethiopia on Tuesday, becoming the first sitting U.S. president to do so. He encouraged African leaders to end political corruption.
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Researchers Warn Against 'Autonomous Weapons' Arms Race

Already, researcher Stuart Russell says, sentry robots in South Korea "can spot and track a human being for a distance of 2 miles — and can very accurately kill that person."

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