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National Parks In Maryland, New York To Honor Harriet Tubman

After years of effort, legislation to honor abolitionist Harriet Tubman with national parks in Maryland and New York has passed Congress.
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A Holy Land Christmas Porridge Honors A Damsel In Distress

Some Christians in Israel and the West Bank celebrate Eid el-Burbara on Dec. 17. The feast honors St. Barbara, an early convert to Christianity whose story is echoed in the Rapunzel tale.
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Between World Wars, Gay Culture Flourished In Berlin

In Gay Berlin, Robert Beachy describes the rise of a gay subculture in the 1920s and '30s, how it contributed to our understanding of gay identity and how it was eradicated by the Nazis.
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Japan's Beloved Christmas Cake Isn't About Christmas At All

The Japanese Christmas cake takes its name from the Christian holiday, but it actually symbolizes building a life of prosperity from nothing. And it's ubiquitous (it's even in your smartphone).
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The 12 Days Of Quirky Christmas Foods Around The Globe

We're kicking off a 12-part series exploring the rich diversity of Christmastime edibles around the world. We've zeroed in on meals that reveal as much about a country's history as its gastronomy.
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National Park Would Memoralize Manhattan Project

From 1942 to 1945, the U.S. government's Manhattan Project produced the world's first atomic bombs. A new national park, preserving the project's buildings and artifacts, is now in the works. Melissa Block speaks with Cynthia Kelly of the Atomic Heritage Foundation who has pushed for the preservation plan for 15 years.
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Marvel At 75: Still Slinging Webs And Guarding Galaxies

What became Marvel Comics got its start in 1939 as Timely Publications. It went through many changes — but one constant has been writer Stanley Lieber, better known as Stan Lee.
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150 Years Later, A Formal Apology For The Sand Creek Massacre

The Sand Creek Massacre of December 1864 left nearly 200 people dead. Now, hundreds of Cheyenne and Arapaho are returning to the site to mark the 150th anniversary of the tragedy.
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Forced To Seat Blacks, Ala. Restaurant Complied With History

Fifty years ago Sunday, the Supreme Court told Ollie's Barbecue in Birmingham, Ala., that the government had a right to order it — and all restaurants — to seat African-Americans.
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Hanukkah History: Those Chocolate Coins Were Once Real Tips

Many Jewish families celebrate the holiday by handing out gelt, chocolate coins covered in gold and silver. These days they're treats for kids. But the practice began as a way to thank labor.

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