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The Burning of Buffalo, 200 Years Ago

Months before torching Washington, D.C., in the War of 1812, British forces burned Buffalo, New York, to the ground 200 years ago.

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Indonesian Cave Reveals Tsunami History

A natural cave found near the source of the deadly 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami has revealed the footprints of past gigantic waves going back some 7,500 years.

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The Saga of Van Gogh’s Ear, 125 Years Ago

Troubled Dutch painter Vincent Van Gogh lost his left earlobe 125 years ago, but not all art historians believe the wound was self-inflicted.

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Christmas Traditions, Past and Present

According to the latest Pew Research Center survey, nine out of every 10 Americans celebrate Christmas, but only half of those view it as a religious holiday.

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Santa Goes to War

The modern image of Santa Claus first appeared in a Civil War illustration, and it wasn’t the last time St. Nick was deployed in wartime.

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Remembering the 1988 Lockerbie Bombing

More U.S. civilians died in the bombing of Pan Am Flight 103 over Lockerbie, Scotland, which took place 25 years ago from Saturday, than in any other terrorist attack except 9/11.

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Will Paper Money Go the Way of the Dinosaur?

A number of nations are giving up paper currency. Could America be next?

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New Cockroach Species Arrives in New York

Already infamous for its cockroaches, New York City now has a newcomer with which to contend.

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10 Things You May Not Know About the Wright Brothers

On the 110th anniversary of the Wright brothers’ first flight, find out 10 things you may not know about the aviation pioneers.

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Chinese Spacecraft Lands on Moon

The unmanned Chinese spacecraft Chang’e 3 and lunar rover Yutu (“Jade Rabbit”) made a historic landing on the moon this weekend.

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Dinosaur Asteroid May Have Sent Life Into Space

The giant asteroid that hit Earth some 65 million years ago may have propelled rocks big enough to shelter life all the way to Mars and the moons of Jupiter.

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Outbreak of Bubonic Plague Hits Madagascar Village

Medical experts in Madagascar have confirmed that an outbreak of bubonic plague killed at least 20 people in a remote village there last week.

Olivier Picasso, Pablo Picasso's grandson, poses with a painting entitled L'Homme au Gibus or "Man with Opera Hat," which will be raffled off on December 18, 2013. (Credit: Getty Images)

A Million-Dollar Picasso Could Be Yours—For Just $135

This month, a painting by Picasso is being raffled off, for the first time ever online, in order to help a group working to save an ancient city.