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Friends, Romans, Countrymen, Lend Us Your Toilets (Without Parasites)

The Romans are famous for their baths, aqueducts and toilets. But the sanitary innovations might not have done as much to improve health as was once believed.
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How Current Campaign Finance Laws Are Shaping The 2016 Presidential Race

Republican presidential hopeful Chris Christie is among those speaking out against the U.S. campaign finance system: How the Citizens United ruling, limits on individual donations and so-called dark money are shaping campaign strategies the 2016 presidential race.

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The Sad, Happy Life Of Harry Whittier Frees

An early pioneer in American pet photography, Frees died in poverty and obscurity.
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DNA Testing Provides Shortcut To Trace Family History

Think of family trees and you probably think of dusty letters and black-and-white photos of great-grandparents. The latest trend, though, is using DNA testing to explore your ancestry.
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President Obama Considers Executive Action On Gun Control

President Obama meets with Attorney General Loretta Lynch and FBI Director James Comey to discuss possible executive action on gun control. We discuss the president's potential moves and the ongoing debate over curbing U.S. gun violence.

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Big History Challenges Conventional History, Critics Raise Questions

While most history courses start with the beginning of human civilization, roughly 10,000 years ago, Big History starts with the Big Bang. Humans don't get mentioned until halfway into the course.
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Renewing The Push To Oust Maryland's Pro-Confederate State Song

"Maryland, My Maryland" — the state song of Maryland since 1939 — is once again the subject of an effort to replace symbols of the Confederacy.

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Will Future Historians Consider These Days The Digital Dark Ages?

We are awash in a sea of information, but how to historians sift through the mountain of data? In the future, computer programs will be unreadable, and therefore worthless, to historians.
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400 Years After His Death, Shakespeare's First Folio Goes Out On Tour

The First Folio is the first printed collection of all of Shakespeare's plays, assembled by two of his buddies after he died. Without it, plays like Macbeth and Twelfth Night might not have survived.
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Long Before They Were 'Apparent Muslims,' Sikhs Were Targeted In U.S.

Amrik Singh Bal was beaten in Fresno, Calif., as he waited for a ride to work. Bal, who is Sikh, is part of a long history of attacks on Sikhs in America.

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