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What's To Learn From King Richard III

Since the recent discovery and ID of Richard III's bones under a Leicester parking lot, historians have been debating his legacy. Was Richard really the evil despot that Shakespeare made him out to be? Or was the real Richard a sensible domestic leader and the victim of a classic family struggle?
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'Dead Sea Scrolls' Live On In Debate And Discovery

In a new book, The Dead Sea Scrolls: A Biography, religious scholar and author John J. Collins tells the history of the scrolls and the controversies they have prompted, and explores the questions they ask and answer about Judeo-Christian history.
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Recalling Previous Popes Who Have Resigned

Pope Benedict XVI is the first pope to resign in 600 years. Linda Wertheimer looks back on some of the popes who have resigned with Kean University Professor Christopher Bellitto.
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1963 Emancipation Proclamation Party Lacked A Key Guest

The Kennedy administration commemorated the Emancipation Proclamation with a reception for a virtual who's who of black Americans. However, the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. stayed away.
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The History Lessons Obama Hopes We'll Learn

Presidents use references to great events as a way of acknowledging that what unites Americans is not ethnicity or even language but ideas and a shared past. President Obama cited historical moments in his inaugural; look for similar touchstones at the State of the Union address.
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Coast Guard Begins Probe Into Tall Ship's Fatal Sinking

The inquiry is aimed at finding out what went wrong and why the captain of the HMS Bounty chose to go to sea despite warnings about Hurricane Sandy.

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