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Claude Sitton, 'Dean Of The Race Beat,' Dies At 89

Sitton's reporting from the front lines of the civil rights movement earned him the ire of Southern officials and attention from the Department of Justice.
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U.S. College Finds Priceless Coin Collection — In Its Own Library

Dozens of gold and silver coins, some from the eras of Alexander the Great and Julius Caesar, spent decades on a shelf in the University at Buffalo's library.
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Tea Tuesdays: The Scottish Spy Who Stole China's Tea Empire

In the mid-1800s, Britain was a global superpower with a big weakness for tea, all of which came from China. But a botanist with a talent for espionage helped Britain swipe the secrets of tea.
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Climate Change May Be Destroying World's Oldest-Known Mummies

The Chinchorros, who lived between modern-day Peru and Chile, mummified their dead at least 2,000 years before the Egyptians. But some mummies have begun to turn to ooze, so scientists investigated.
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Who Takes 3,000 Photos Of NYC's Doors?

In the mid-1970s, photographer Roy Colmer cruised the streets of New York City. The result: A very particular perception of doors.
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Photos: From Grace Jones to Toni Morrison, Little Girl Dresses Up Like Black Heroines

Many African-American parents try to extend black history lessons beyond February. One family has turned an experimental photo shoot into an effort to bring this history to life for their daughter.
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Explorers Discover Ancient Lost City In Honduran Jungle

Chris Fisher, an archaeologist who recently returned from the site of a lost city, says that some of the objects there looked as if they hadn't been touched in centuries.
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50 Years Later, Thousands Commemorate Selma's 'Bloody Sunday'

On Sunday, tens of thousands of people from around the country packed onto the Edmund Pettus Bridge in a peaceful pilgrimage to mark the 50th anniversary of Bloody Sunday.
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In Syria, Archaeologists Risk Their Lives To Protect Ancient Heritage

Academic "Monuments Men" have donned disguises and dodged snipers to help save their country's cultural riches from looting and destruction. Heritage experts warn the losses so far are incalculable.
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Grace Hopper, 'The Queen Of Code,' Would Have Hated That Title

Gillian Jacobs, known for her role as Britta Perry on Community, directed a short documentary on the computer programming pioneer. She says Hopper wasn't fond of the hype over her accomplishments.

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