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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.

Nelson Mandela and President George Bush greet the press on June 25, 1990. (Credit: Getty Images)

Nelson Mandela Comes to America

As the world mourns the death of Nelson Mandela, take a look back at the “pop star’s welcome” he received upon first visiting the United States in 1990.

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10 Things You May Not Know About Bonnie and Clyde

Before Sunday’s world premiere of Bonnie & Clyde, explore 10 things you may not know about the outlaw couple.

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Remembering Nelson Mandela

The South African activist and former president led the struggle against apartheid and became a global advocate for human rights.

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The Night Prohibition Ended, 80 Years Ago

On the 80th anniversary of the 21st Amendment’s ratification, look back at America’s surprising reaction to the end of Prohibition.

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World-Famous Christmas Tree Will Light Up Tonight

As the tree lighting at New York City’s Rockefeller Center marks its 81st anniversary, find out more about this sparkling tradition.

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Japanese Mega-Submarine From WWII Discovered off Hawaii

Researchers find a giant aircraft-carrier sub that was captured and sunk by the U.S. Navy nearly 70 years ago.

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Oldest U.S. Synagogue Turns 250

America’s oldest extant synagogue was dedicated 250 years ago today in Newport, Rhode Island, and later received strong words of support from George Washington.

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The Pastry War, 175 Years Ago

An unpaid bakery debt launched the Pastry War between France and Mexico 175 years ago and ultimately cost General Santa Anna his leg.

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A Calamity at Sea, 70 Years Ago

The sinking of the HMT Rohna 70 years ago today resulted in the greatest loss of troops at sea in U.S. history.

Excavated wine cellar at Tel Kabri site. (Credit: Eric H. Cline, George Washington University)

One of History’s Oldest Wine Cellars Discovered

A 3,700-year-old storage room may have once contained roughly 3,000 bottles of wine.