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JFK 50th: Nation pauses to remember lost president

Members of the Kennedy family, including former US Ambassador to Ireland Jean Kennedy Smith, fourth from left, hold hands as they pay their respects at the gravesite of President John F. Kennedy, Friday, Nov. 22, 2013, at Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Va., on the 50th anniversary of Kennedy's death. AP

Fifty years after John F. Kennedy fell victim to an assassin’s bullet while visiting Texas with his wife, people at home and abroad paused Friday to remember the 35th president of the United States. Collected here are memories of the slain president, details from the day of his death and live updates from the memorial service at Dealey Plaza in Dallas.

Posted: November 23rd, 2013 in Featured Gallery,Lifestyle Stories,Photos & Videos | Read More »

For a moment, US stopped to say farewell to JFK

In this Monday, Nov. 25, 1963 file photo, 3-year-old John F. Kennedy Jr. salutes his father's casket in Washington, three days after the president was assassinated in Dallas. Widow Jacqueline Kennedy, center, and daughter Caroline Kennedy are accompanied by the late president's brothers Sen. Edward Kennedy, left, and Attorney General Robert Kennedy. AP

The horse’s name was Black Jack. His saddle was empty, but boots were in the stirrups — backwards. Skittishly, he followed the body of John F. Kennedy on its last journey. You could hear his hooves against the pavement, along with the clip-clop of the team of six white horses that pulled the caisson bearing [...]

Posted: November 17th, 2013 in Lifestyle Stories,Photos & Videos | Read More »

‘Che’ manuscripts added to UNESCO heritage program

Men who look like the late American writer Ernest Hemingway pose for photos as they walk past a mural of Cuban revolutionary hero Ernesto "Che" Guevara after visiting a rum museum in Havana, Cuba, Saturday, June 22, 2013. AP

UNESCO is including the writings of Cuban Revolution leader Ernesto “Che” Guevara in its Memory of the World Register.

Posted: July 20th, 2013 in Lifestyle Stories | Read More »

Chaplain gets Medal of Honor 62 years after death

In this undated photo provided by the Catholic Diocese of Wichita, Father Emil Kapaun holds out a broken pipe. The plain-spoken, pipe-smoking chaplain is receiving the Medal of Honor posthumously for his “extraordinary heroism” while serving as an Army chaplain during the Korean War. He died in captivity in 1951—about six months after being taken prisoner. His fellow POWs lobbied for decades to have him receive the prestigious military honor and some of them will be at the White House to see his relatives accept the medal on his behalf on April 11, 2013. (AP Photo/Courtesy Catholic Diocese of Wichita)

In the cold, barren hills of Korea more than 60 years ago, two teary-eyed soldiers stood in a prisoner of war camp where their chaplain lay dying.   The Rev. Emil Kapaun was weak, his body wracked by pneumonia and dysentery. After six brutal months in the hellish camp, the once sturdy Kansas farmer’s son [...]

Posted: April 7th, 2013 in Lifestyle Stories | Read More »

Chilean poet Neruda to be exhumed Monday

Pablo Neruda in a photo taken on Oct. 21, 1971, talking with reporters in Paris after being named the 1971 Nobel Prize for Literature. AP file photo

The remains of Chilean Nobel prize winning poet Pablo Neruda will be exhumed Monday to determine if he died of cancer or was poisoned, according to the judge on the case.

Posted: April 6th, 2013 in Lifestyle Stories | Read More »

Pope signals liturgical break with Benedict

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Pope Francis. AFP FILE PHOTO

In his first public Mass as the new head of the Roman Catholic Church, Pope Francis signaled a striking liturgical difference with Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI by facing the people, not turning his back, which the retired Pontiff had done in a controversial attempt to bring back the Latin Mass banished by Vatican II.

Posted: March 16th, 2013 in Lifestyle Stories | Read More »

Researchers: Stonehenge started as huge graveyard

Stonehenge in Southern England. AP

LONDON— British researchers have proposed a new theory for the origins of Stonehenge: It may have started as a giant burial ground for elite families around 3,000 B.C.   Researchers say that analysis of cremated bones of 63 people excavated from the site suggested that family groups were buried at a circular enclosure — a [...]

Posted: March 10th, 2013 in Lifestyle Stories | Read More »

Photo of teen princess-to-be Diana set for auction

This image provided by RR Auction shows a photograph marked "not to be published" of a teenage Diana Spencer before she became Princess of Wales, with a young friend seated beside her. The print will be featured in a January 2013 auction in New Hampshire. Stamped February 1981 on the back, the photo was taken around the time Charles, the Prince of Wales, and Lady Diana Spencer ended months of speculation and announced they were to be married. AP/RR Auction

A photo marked “not to be published” that shows a teenage Diana Spencer before she became the Princess of Wales, with a young friend seated beside her, will be featured in an auction this month in New Hampshire.

Posted: January 6th, 2013 in Lifestyle Stories,Photos & Videos | Read More »

Mexico: Mayan ball court was celestial ‘marker’

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In this undated image released by Mexico's National Institute of Anthropology and History on Oct. 5, 2012, shows a ceremonial ball court at the temples of Chichen Itza on the Yucatan Peninsula, Mexico. Mexican archaeologists say they have determined that the ancient Mayas built watchtower-style structures atop the ceremonial ball court to observe the equinoxes and solstices, and they said that the discovery adds to understanding of the many layers of ritual significance that the ball game had for the culture. (AP Photo/INAH)

Mexican archaeologists say they have determined that the ancient Mayas built watchtower-style structures atop the ceremonial ball court at the temples of Chichen Itza to observe the equinoxes and solstices, and they said Friday that the discovery adds to understanding of the many layers of ritual significance that the ball game had for the culture.

Posted: October 6th, 2012 in Lifestyle Stories,Photos & Videos | Read More »

India buys Gandhi archive to halt auction

Mahatma Gandhi  AFP PHOTO

The Indian government has stepped in to buy a collection of thousands of letters, papers and photos relating to Indian independence icon Mahatma Gandhi ahead of its planned auction in London.

Posted: July 10th, 2012 in Lifestyle Stories | Read More »

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