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Small Book, Big Story: Bronte Manuscript Discovered

The Bronte siblings created elaborate fantasy worlds. A recently discovered childhood manuscript by Charlotte Bronte reveals how vividly the worlds were imagined — and may provide clues to the later work.
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A Broken Record, And Other Sounds Kids Don't Know

Phones today beep and buzz. MP3s don't scratch. Noises that were once familiar, such as the clacking of manual typewriter keys or the ding of the gas station driveway bell, have all but vanished. Kara Kovalchik of MentalFloss.com shares these and other sounds your kids have probably never heard.
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Oyster Ice Cream: A Thanksgiving Tradition Mark Twain Could Get Behind

Oyster ice cream may be more traditional fare than many of the dishes we serve for Thanksgiving, says chef José Andrés. He's showcasing American food history in his collaboration with the National Archives. But modern diners can appreciate this briny treat, too.
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After Gadhafi, Libyans Try To Reclaim Their History

For decades, Moammar Gadhafi repressed and distorted Libyan history, attempting to subsume centuries of civilization under his cult of personality. For Gadhafi, Libyan history began and ended with the Bedouins and the fight against Italian colonization. Now Libyans are emerging from the revolution with a nascent desire to know who they really are. One family in particular is taking the lead in trying to restore to Libyans a sense of national identity, beyond tribal affiliations or geographical location, in hopes of refocusing attention on accepting diversity and getting along.
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Timeline: The 100-Year History Of The Electric Car

The electric car was just as popular as its gasoline counterpart when it first went into production around the turn of the 20th century. But with the advent of highways, people wanted to go farther than their battery life allowed. Today's electric cars face similar challenges.
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Pearl Harbor Survivors Meet For The Last Time

This weekend, the Southeastern chapter of the Pearl Harbor Survivors held its final meeting. Seventy years have passed since the attack on Pearl Harbor and surviving membership is dwindling, so the worldwide organization has finally decided to disband. Kate Sweeney of member station WABE reports.

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