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A Tale of Two Guns: Legendary Gangsters’ Revolvers Up for Auction

Al Capone’s gun will go up for auction next month, but a revolver that belonged the lesser-known gangster Cole Younger may fetch more money.

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Satellite Images Provide Blueprint for Ancient Egypt

Satellites 400 miles above earth have revealed numerous ancient sites across Egypt, including 17 pyramids, 1,000 tombs and 3,100 settlements.

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Civil War Week on HISTORY

Starting Monday, May 30, HISTORY commemorates the 150th anniversary of the Civil War with a week of special programming. Find out what to watch and check out online.

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How the U.S. President Became the Nation’s Star Athlete

What’s up with Obama’s ping-pong and JFK’s touch football? Just ask Teddy Roosevelt.

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From Pope Urban VII to Bloomberg, Four Centuries of Smoking Bans

Bans on smoking and tobacco products have a long and complex history dating back to the late 16th century.

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Video: Building the Brooklyn Bridge

Explore the history of New York City’s iconic Brooklyn Bridge, which opened 128 years ago today.

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Researchers Explore the Seafaring Culture of the Maya

This month, researchers are seeking a better understanding of Maya maritime trade by excavating an ancient port city on the Yucatan Peninsula.

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Did Early Humans Stand Upright to Punch Better?

The competitive advantage of striking from above explains why humans walk on two feet and why women prefer taller men, a new study suggests.

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Anchor Away for Blackbeard’s Pirate Flagship

A team in North Carolina is working to recover a 3,000-pound anchor from Blackbeard’s flagship, Queen Anne’s Revenge, which ran aground in 1718.

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Egyptian Princess Needed Bypass Surgery, Mummy Study Shows

An Egyptian princess is the earliest known sufferer of heart disease, according to a recent study suggesting clogged arteries have plagued civilizations for millennia.

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Apocalypses That Weren’t

The prediction that the world will end on May 21, 2011, is the latest chapter in a long history of apocalyptic beliefs.

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Archaeologists Bring Mona Lisa’s Top Model to Light

Archaeologists are digging for the bones of the woman who may have sat for the “Mona Lisa.” Will facial reconstruction confirm her identity?

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Friday the 13th: History of a Phobia

Explore the history of Friday the 13th and find out whether this widely reviled day deserves its bad rap.