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Global Press Freedom at Lowest Level in More Than Decade

Freedom House, a U.S.-based group that monitors human rights around the world says the number of people with access to free and independent media has declined to its lowest level in more than a decade.  In its newly released annual

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‘Freedom Riders’ Remembered 50 Years Later

The American South was a segregated society 50 years ago. In 1960, the U.S. Supreme Court outlawed racial segregation in restaurants and bus terminals serving interstate travel, but African-Americans who tried to sit in the “whites only” section risked injury

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President Barack Obama’s State of the Union Address 2011

President Barack Obama throws caution to the wind and delivers an over-whelming State of the Union Address tonight. Many of the initiatives proposed by Obama may be hard to get done, but the leaders of both Houses of Congress have

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Dec 24, 1923: Coolidge Lights First National Christmas Tree

On this day in 1923, President Calvin Coolidge touches a button and lights up the first national Christmas tree to grace the White House grounds. Not only was this the first White House “community” Christmas tree, but it was the

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Dec 17, 1903: First Airplane Flies

Near Kitty Hawk, North Carolina, Orville and Wilbur Wright make the first successful flight in history of a self-propelled, heavier-than-air aircraft. Orville piloted the gasoline-powered, propeller-driven biplane, which stayed aloft for 12 seconds and covered 120 feet on its inaugural

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Dec 14, 1799: First U.S. President George Washington Dies

On this day in 1799, George Washington, the man described by fellow soldier and Virginian Henry Lee as “first in war, first in peace and first in the hearts of his countrymen” dies at his Mount Vernon estate in Virginia.

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