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October 29, 2014
by M.S. Scully


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Amelia Earhart’s plane part found in 1991

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earhartPatchTIGHARIt looks like Amelia Earhart did go down on or near Nikumaroro, an atoll in Kiribati, according to  TIGHAR, an Oxford, Pa., research group.

A small piece of aluminum (above) was found on the uninhabited Pacific island in 1991. Now the researchers say they have identified it as  a patch made to her Lockheed Electra while the doomed plane was making a stopover in Miami. Continue Reading →

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October 16, 2014
by M.S. Scully


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Watch a Taliban sniper target Marine’s head

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UPDATE 2: A portion of the video remains on the WarLeaks channel on YouTube (posted here) and on CBS News and the Guardian. But all of Sam Arnold’s videos were taken down from YouTube by Thursday evening. There are no details at this time as to why.

UPDATE 1: The video has just been taken down on YouTube (Thursday about 5 p.m.) and can no longer be watched. No reason has been given. At this time, there are still three videos posted on YouTube by Sam Arnold. You can see them here.

ORIGINAL POST: A video was posted last month on YouTube of a Marine surviving a shot to the head by a Taliban sniper last year in Helmand Province. The footage was captured on a helmet-cam by a fellow Marine. It is so gripping, that in just a few weeks it has been watched 1.2 million times.

Warning: This video is not bloody, and it does have a happy ending. But it is shocking and may take your breath away. Viewer discretion is advised.

See more videos from Afghanistan posted by Sam Arnold here.

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October 16, 2014
by M.S. Scully


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Find out what your zip code says about you

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15205When you mix marketing and Census data, you can get a snapshot of who we are and what we like to do in Esri’s Tapestry Segmentation project.

What pops up for a local zipcode — 15205, for example? Not surprisingly, Rustbelt Traditions: Family time is important to us. We look for the American-made label, watch ESPN and like to read the newspaper, especially on Sunday.

Go here to plug in your zipcode, and find out what you and your neighbors are up to.

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October 15, 2014
by M.S. Scully


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Unpretentious Eleanor Roosevelt gave flashy JFK debating tips

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ERtoJFKside1Fifty-four years ago, the Kennedy-Nixon debate ushered in a new era of American politics on television. Among those watching was former first lady Eleanor Roosevelt, who the next day wrote a letter to then-Sen. John Kennedy of Massachusetts calling it “a milestone for TV and a really good way to campaign.” Continue Reading →

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October 14, 2014
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There were 5,000 WMD left by Saddam, and they wounded U.S. troops in Iraq war

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It turns out that Colin Powell might have been right after all, sort of.

His speech in 2003 at the U.N. declared that Saddam Hussein possessed weapons of mass destruction and was concealing efforts to produce more. After all, Saddam had used mustard gas on Iranians during the 1980s war with the Islamic Republic, and dropped poison gas on Kurds, part of a brutal effort to decimate 50,000 to 100,000 in 1988.

But it was thought the United States never found WMD in Iraq after the U.S.-led invasion in March 2003.

Until now. Continue Reading →

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