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Sherlock's Expiring Copyright: It's Public Domain, Dear Watson

The famous sleuth has discovered that U.S copyright law is anything but elementary. A federal judge recently ruled that elements of the Sherlock Holmes characters are now both licensed property of the Doyle estate and in the public domain. The Doyle estate plans to appeal the decision.

Dad's Message Recorded At War, A Gift Given Decades Later

Sgt. Cody Wolf died in World War II on Jan. 11, 1944, when his plane was shot down. Weeks before his death, he contributed to a Christmas broadcast recorded on the front lines. His daughter, Margaret Ann Wolf Harris, heard that recording for the first time in December.

WWII Female Air Force Pilots Still Flying High

From 1943 to 1944, the Women Airforce Service Pilots flew more than 60 million miles across the United States chartering soldiers, test-flying planes and conducting training exercises during World War II. The 1,102 female pilots were honored at the Rose Parade on Wednesday, with eight veteran pilots taking a ride atop their float.
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Activist Recalls A Half Century Fighting for D.C.'s History

Ann Hargrove fell in love with D.C.'s Adams Morgan in the 1960s. But she soon discovered she would have to fight to save the neighborhood from urban renewal.


Visible And Invisible: 'Servants' Looks At Life Downstairs

Author Lucy Lethbridge explores the history of British servants through their diaries, letters and memoirs. She says, "What I found particularly fascinating was how ... butlers were so butlery"; the old caricature of the clever manservant and the silly master is one "butlers have appeared to play to the hilt."

As 2013 Winds To An End, So Do The Tweets Of 1963

Since June, we've been "live-tweeting" moments from 1963 as if they were happening today. That includes "replays" of the March on Washington, the Birmingham church bombing and President Kennedy's assassination.

Lost Images Come To Life A Century After Antarctic Expedition

Conservators have recovered and processed a clump of 22 negatives taken during Ernest Shackleton's 1914-1917 expedition to the South Pole.

Booking A Flight For The 'Golden Age Of Hijacking'

In the 1960s, catching a flight wasn't much of a hassle. No lines, no security screenings and no need to show ID. But the ease of travel brought with it some serious consequences.

As The Lead Cools, Some See Their New Year Take Shape

Is that a cross? A ship with a figurehead? It's only human to wonder what the future will hold, especially on the threshold of a new year. In one German tradition, fortune-seekers drop molten lead into cold water — then it's anyone's guess what the strange shapes portend.

'42' Gets The Story Of Jackie Robinson Right

Biographer Arnold Rampersad is "a bit of a stickler for accuracy," but he finds that — with a few exceptions — the 2013 biopic about Robinson's integration of Major League Baseball really rings true.