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Hitler Couldn't Defeat Churchill, But Champagne Nearly Did

During the 1930s, as Hitler was rising to power in Germany, the man who would turn out to be his most implacable foe was drowning — in debt and champagne. A new book recounts the unbelievable excess.
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How The Recent EgyptAir Hijacking Conjured U.S. Skyjacking Epidemic

When a man claiming to have on a suicide vest demanded to be flown to Cyprus this week, it wasn't terrorism as we know it. Instead, it was reminiscent of the skyjackings once commonplace in the U.S.
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New Museum Will Mention Sexual Assault Accusations Against Bill Cosby After All

After days of criticism, the Smithsonian says the National Museum of African American History and Culture will make reference to the assault accusations against the comedian.

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'Northern Scum' Will Probably Remain In Maryland State Song, For Now

A leading Maryland lawmaker says the state won't go through with changing the state song this year to remove Civil War-era phrases that some say are offensive.

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Anderson Cooper and Gloria Vanderbilt: "The Rainbow Comes and Goes"

When Anderson Cooper’s mother, the designer and heiress Gloria Vanderbilt, reached her 91st birthday, they began a correspondence, breaking a wall of silence between them. A conversation with the broadcast journalist and his famous mother on life in the spotlight, suicide, money, and grieving for a parent and a child.

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305 Million-Year-Old Fossil A Glimpse Into The Origins Of Spiders

The main point of distinction between this creature and true spiders: It very likely could produce silk but lacked the spinnerets used by true spiders to, well, spin it, scientists say.
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Deep Learning And Artifical Intelligence

Earlier this month Google's DeepMind artificial intelligence program beat a top professional player in the complex game of Go. New frontiers in machine learning and what computers are now able to teach themselves.

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The History Of ISIS And How Its Rise May Shape The Future Of The Middle East

In recent years recruits to the Islamic State have carried out atrocities across Syria and Iraq and in multiple locations around the world -- most recently Brussels. The history of ISIS and how its rise may shape the future of the Middle East.

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Boston Chinese: A Fusion Food Cooked Up In A Melting Pot City

Peking ravioli? Chow mein sandwiches? Bread as a standard side dish? There's a fascinating history behind Boston's unique spin on Chinese cuisine.
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Anacostia Unmapped: Aunt Helen's Eyes On The Street

In this installment of Anacostia Unmapped, poet and playwright John Johnson visits LaTeashea Lofties, a friend whose family has a long history in Anacostia. We find out about her Aunt Helen, who sat in the window all day "watching everything and everybody."

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