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The Struggle to Bring WWII Veterans Home

Recent cases have highlighted the difficulties facing families of U.S. servicemen killed in World War II and buried as “unknowns” thousands of miles from home.

Items relating to the 1944 POW escape from Stalag Luft III on display at London's Imperial War Museum. (Credit: Graeme Robertson/Getty Image)

Remembering “The Great Escape,” 70 Years Ago

Ceremonies are marking the 70th anniversary of “The Great Escape” of 76 Allied airmen from a Nazi prisoner of war camp.

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The Birth of OK, 175 Years Ago

Thanks in part to its adoption in the 1840 presidential campaign, what began as a lame joke in a Boston newspaper morphed into one of the most ubiquitous expressions in the English language

Students walk past a mural dedicated to Malaysia Airlines Flight 370. (Credit: Ted Aljibe/Getty Images)

History’s Missing Passenger Flights

As the search for a missing Malaysian airliner continues, look back at six other times when passenger flights mysteriously vanished over water.

Photo depicting sternum of Amara West skeleton with cancerous bone lesions. (Credit: British Museum)

3,200-Year-Old Skeleton is Oldest Known Case of Human Cancer

British researchers have found the earliest known case of human metastatic cancer in the skeleton of a young man who died around 1200 B.C. in ancient Egypt.

The BICEP2, or Background Imaging of Cosmic Extragalactic Polarization, telescope. (Credit: Steffan Richter/Harvard University)

Scientists May Have Found Key to Unlock Big Bang Mystery

New findings announced this week support the theory that the universe underwent a fast and furious expansion just a fraction of a second after the Big Bang.

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Did an Irish Monk “Discover” America?

A century after St. Patrick, another Irish saint embarked on a legendary voyage that some believe took him to North America.

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10 Things You May Not Know About Andrew Jackson

As St. Patrick’s Day approaches, explore 10 surprising facts about the first Irish-American president—and he wasn’t JFK.

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T. Rex’s Little Cousin: New Pygmy Tyrannosaur Discovered in Alaska

A newly discovered species of tyrannosaur roamed the ancient Arctic 70 million years ago and was about half the size of its close cousin, Tyrannosaurus rex.

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Scientists Point to Volcanoes As Ice Age Safe Havens

A new study concludes that the heat from Antarctic volcanoes helped many plants and bugs survive past ice ages.

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Bill Guarnere, Member of World War II “Band of Brothers,” Dies

The South Philadelphia native and highly decorated veteran was 90 years old.

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The Sled Dog Relay That Inspired the Iditarod

Look back at the 1925 life-or-death mission that inspired the annual Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race.

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10 Things You Should Know About Millard Fillmore

On the 140th anniversary of Millard Fillmore’s death, get the facts on the last Whig president.