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From The Ocean Deep To The Courtroom: A Tale Of Sunken Treasure

Wed, 05/07/2014 - 3:29pm

When the SS Central America sunk in 1857, it took down tons of gold with it — enough gold that the shipwreck contributed to a financial panic. And when the wreck was found, decades of legal battles ensued over rights to the recovered treasure. Gary Kinder, author of Ship of Gold in the Deep Blue Sea, tells the fraught tale of shipwreck and reclaimed gold.

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After Six Decades As A Staple, 'Jet Mag' Ends Its Print Run

Wed, 05/07/2014 - 3:29pm

It's the end of an era, as the Johnson Publishing Corp. announced plans to cease printing Jet Magazine. The magazine, which started some 63 years ago, was long a staple for many African-American communities.

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Peace Talks On Pause: What Went Wrong?

Wed, 05/07/2014 - 3:29pm

Middle East peace talks have been officially paused; unofficially, many say they're finished. Jeffrey Goldberg of Bloomberg View and The Atlantic explains how Secretary of State John Kerry's mission fell apart.

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Larry McMurtry Loves The West, But Knocks The Cowboy Off His High Horse

Wed, 05/07/2014 - 3:29pm

The Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist says the myth of the cowboy feels "hollow." The Last Kind Words Saloon is a spare and unsentimental story about two western icons, Wyatt Earp and Doc Holliday.

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Department Of Education Brings Home A Disappointing Report Card

Wed, 05/07/2014 - 3:29pm

The Department of Education has released its latest math and reading scores for 12th graders. The scores offer little good news for educators, with results low and largely unchanged since 2009.

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Kinder Words From Putin, But They Come With A Cost

Wed, 05/07/2014 - 3:29pm

Russian President Vladimir Putin says he is pulling his forces back from Ukraine's border. He also is calling on separatists in eastern Ukraine to postpone a referendum planned for Sunday. This news might be a breakthrough — or just a head fake.

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VA Secretary Responds To Call For His Resignation

Wed, 05/07/2014 - 3:29pm

Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki responds to calls for his resignation, following reports of veterans dying while waiting for treatment.

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Syrian Rebels Cede Stronghold After Over A Year Under Siege

Wed, 05/07/2014 - 3:29pm

Syrian rebels have surrendered Homs, the city known as the birthplace of the uprising against Syrian President Bashar Assad. It marks the end of a long siege and a huge blow to the rebels.

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