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The Threat To Timbuktu

Political upheaval in the West African nation of Mali is threatening the desert city of Timbuktu, a UNESCO World Heritage site.

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"Snow-Storm in August:" D.C.'s First Race Riot

In 1835, a drunken slave entered his mistress' bedroom with an axe, setting in motion events that would lead to Washington's first race riot. We learn about the fascinating, and nearly forgotten, characters involved in the incident and its aftermath.

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'Electrified Sheep' And Other Odd Experiments

In his new book Electrified Sheep, Alex Boese explores a colorful side of science, filled with bizarre experiments and eccentric scientists, like the surgeon who decided to operate on himself, and Benjamin Franklin, who gave mouth-to-beak resuscitation to a bird.
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Who Is She? Just One Of The Most Popular Songs Ever

Written 50 years ago this summer, it's just been dubbed the second-most recorded pop song ever. It's been covered by everyone from Frank Sinatra to Amy Winehouse to the Yale Whiffenpoofs. What song is it? Here's a hint: It's Brazilian and it's about a girl.
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Shenandoah Valley Farmhouse Goes Historic

The Shenandoah Valley farmhouse has been added to the Virginia Landmarks Register.

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'Agent Garbo,' The Spy Who Lied About D-Day

Juan Pujol Garcia lived a lie that helped win World War II. Nicknamed for the enigmatic actress Greta Garbo, Garcia's own performance was so convincing he fooled Hitler himself.
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Manju: A Taste Of Home For Seattle's Japanese Community

Manju are traditional Japanese dough buns, often filled with sweet bean paste, that are best eaten fresh. A Seattle native recently opened a manju bakery to replace one he remembers fondly from childhood.
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USS Iowa's Guns Are Now For Show

The battleship ferried Franklin Roosevelt to a historic meeting during World War II and parried Russians in the Cold War. Now the USS Iowa is setting course for a second life as a museum.
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Portraits: Texas Ranchers Remember An Epic Drought

Their faces have weathered decades of hardship.

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