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Op-Ed: Glad Confederate flag not flying

Charleston - For many of those who grew up outside the South, the rebel flag has never had much appeal, let alone the rebel yell. Now it is gone with the wind, and for some the film never had any appeal either.

'Mother Emanuel' AME Church is shedding tears today

"Mother Emanuel," the loving name given to Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal (AME) Church in Charleston, South Carolina, has shed many tears over the last century or so. Yet, she is still a symbol and a beacon for African American worshipers.

Celebrities speak up about Jade Helm

The Jade Helm military training exercise has caused quite a media frenzy. From conspiracy theorists to the Governor of Texas, everyone is on high alert. Now celebrities have begun to speak up about the mysterious military operation.

After 150 years, the H.L. Hunley ready to reveal its secrets

Charleston - It has taken 15 years of careful, painful restoration, but conservationists and historians are finally on the brink of discovering what sank the H. L. Hunley, the first submarine in history to sink an enemy warship.

Big cache of weapons seized by Gen. Sherman may have been found

Columbia - Civil War General William. Tecumseh Sherman's name still draws boos and hisses in South Carolina, after destroying the capital on his way out of town 150 years ago. Now, Sherman is creating another ruckus. His loot has been found at the bottom of a river.

Black-eyed peas on New Year's Day is sure to keep bad luck away

New Year's Eve is being celebrated all over the world today, and there will be lots of parties and bubbly. On the eve of the new year, we will nibble on all sorts of snacks, but on Jan. 1, Southerners will sit down to a meal of black-eyed peas and greens.

Ben Lomond House — From plantation to Civil War hospital Special

Manassas - Manassas, Virginia is full of history. The town, located about 25 miles west of Washington, D.C., is probably best known for its role in the American Civil War.

Fascinating history found at the Castillo de San Marcos Special

Saint Augustine - Built by Spaniards on Matanzas Bay between 1672 and 1695, the Castillo de San Marcos (Castle of Saint Mark) is a remarkable historical site. View a sample of the sights offered at this fortress.

Yosemite National Park celebrates its 150th anniversary

June 30, 2014 marked the 150th anniversary of the signing of the Yosemite Grant Act by President Abraham Lincoln in 1864. The signing of this act was the first time that park land was set aside by the federal government for preservation and public use.

Op-Ed: Obama wants half a billion to aid Syrian rebels, but why?

Washington, D. C. - Unfortunately, it's far too early to tell whether U.S. President Barack Obama's recent proposal to spend $500 million in support of Syrian rebels will accomplish anything.

Assad easily wins reelection in war-divided Syria

Damascus - Embattled Syrian President Bashar al-Assad was overwhelmingly re-elected in the first presidential vote since civil war broke out three years ago, state-run television said Wednesday.

Civil War ship found: Planter's role in heroic ride to freedom

Charleston - The wreck of a steamship commandeered by slaves during the Civil War is believed to have been found, lying beneath 10 to 15 feet of sand, silt and water off Cape Romain, between Charleston and Georgetown in South Carolina.

Op-Ed: Slavery movie destroys American icon

Baton Rouge - Other countries hide their worst obscenities. America makes them sympathetic heroes in movies like “Gone With the Wind.” A series of later movies tells the true story.

Florida school named for KKK leader finally gets a name change

Jacksonville Beach - The honoring of Civil War heroes has been a tradition in many southern states in the U.S. ever since the end of the war. With the end of segregation in the 1950s, racial attitudes changed, and society wanted those names removed from public buildings.

Op-Ed: The origin of the 'Christmas Pickle'

Decorating the Christmas tree is an activity enjoyed by the whole family, and in Virginia and other parts of the South, tradition holds that on Christmas Eve, Mom or Dad will add one last ornament, the Christmas pickle, to the tree before going to bed.

Syria conflict: Geneva peace talks scheduled for January

Geneva - The long-promised peace conference aimed at resolving the Syrian crisis has been given a start date of January 22. The conference will be held in Geneva and will be the first talks to include representatives of the regime and the opposition.

Op-Ed: Freedom Works, the Tea Party and the Next 'Civil' War

A specter is haunting the United States. It's a composite ghost of all who, in the 19th century, were willing to destroy the country rather than promote freedom and justice for all. Abolitionist John Brown is turning over in his grave.

Op-Ed: Newspaper prints apology for its 1863 editorial calling Gettysburg Address 'silly'

Seven score and ten years ago, President Abraham Lincoln brought forth on the battlefield of Gettysburg a new speech containing just 273 words, written in his own hand, and finished just before he arrived from Washington.

Man fires civil war cannon at his neighbors, gets arrested

A sleepy, rural town in upstate New York was abruptly awoken one day to the sounds of cannon fire; civil war cannon fire, to be exact.

A look at polio outbreak fears in Syria

Damascus - The World Health Organization has recorded the first suspected outbreak of polio in Syria in 14 years, renewing panic at the collapse of health care as a result of the country's civil war.

Boehner: Syrian strike something the 'country needs to do'

Washington - Leadership from both parties in the House expressed their support for President Obama's desire for a military strike on Syria, with House Speaker John Boehner stressing the need for the US to act.

Syrian army capture strategic northern town

The Syrian army has managed to capture the northern town of Ariha after heavy fighting. The recent gain by the Syrian army comes amidst a possible western led strike on the Syrian government in response to it's alleged role in using chemical weapons.

Kerry: Time to retire 'slam dunk' from national security lexicon

Speaking on NBC's "Meet The Press" on Sunday, Secretary of State John Kerry insisted the term "slam dunk" be retired from the national security lexicon.

Syrian army capture rebel district in city of Homs

The Syrian government has claimed that it has managed to capture a key rebel held district in the central city of Homs. The Syrian army has been waging a major offensive in the city in order to take full control over the city.

51 civilians executed by Syrian opposition

Aleppo - In another gruesome move on behalf of the Syrian opposition, militants have executed fifty-one civilians within the strategic town of Khan al-Assal.

Russian President Putin says Egypt heading towards civil war

Russian President Vladimir Putin has warned that Egypt is on the path to civil war with the turmoil the country has found itself in over the past week.

Report: Mossad recruiting Algerian youth

According to a report issued on Wednesday by an Algerian newsletter, Mossad, the Israeli spy agency, has begun to recruit Algerian youths to fight alongside the Syrian opposition, in the battle against Bashar al-Assad.

Russia maintains that UN probe on Syrian gas use is 'politicized'

Russia has expressed doubts over the United Nations findings on the use of sarin gas in Syria's ongoing civil war, citing the 'politicized' nature of the war.

Syrian army capture strategic town of Qusair

Syrian soldiers along with Hezbollah militants from Lebanon were finally able to capture the town of Qusair after over two weeks of heavy fighting over the town.

Stone House lives to tell the tale of two U.S. Civil War battles Special

Manassas - The Stone House in Manassas, Virginia stands on the fields where two major Civil War battles took place. Today the property is open to the public.
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A civil war cannon.
A civil war cannon.
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Marker located outside The Old Stone Church  which is located on the western end of Fairfax County
Marker located outside The Old Stone Church, which is located on the western end of Fairfax County
Confederate Submarine H.L. Hunley Being Preserved in South Carolina.
Confederate Submarine H.L. Hunley Being Preserved in South Carolina.
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Civil War medical tools
Civil War medical tools
Civil War Veterans on film  from the documentary ECHOES OF THE BLUE & GRAY. This screen shot is from...
Civil War Veterans on film, from the documentary ECHOES OF THE BLUE & GRAY. This screen shot is from a reunion held at Gettysburg in 1989.
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Stone House at sunset
Stone House at sunset
Richmond Virginia Civil War
Richmond Virginia Civil War
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A refugee camp in Sudan s Darfur province.
A refugee camp in Sudan's Darfur province.
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Antietam Creek. In the Civil War the two armies clashed in this area as the Union Army tried to capt...
Antietam Creek. In the Civil War the two armies clashed in this area as the Union Army tried to capture the bridge.
A marker placed in the yard of Stone House. The armies had occupied the Stone House during both batt...
A marker placed in the yard of Stone House. The armies had occupied the Stone House during both battles at Manassas. The building served as a field hospital in both the First and Second Battles of Bull Run (also referred to as First and Second Battles at Manassas)
Nathan Bedford Forrest Park in Memphis  Tennessee  taken from across Union Avenue on February 27  20...
Nathan Bedford Forrest Park in Memphis, Tennessee, taken from across Union Avenue on February 27, 2006.
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According to Park Rangers  visitors and Civil War reenactors  some strange occurrences that indicate...
According to Park Rangers, visitors and Civil War reenactors, some strange occurrences that indicate paranormal activity have been said to happen in this vicinity.
Mississippi license plate  sponsored by the Sons of Confederate Veterans  commemorating the Sesquice...
Mississippi license plate, sponsored by the Sons of Confederate Veterans, commemorating the Sesquicentennial of the War Between the States.
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Dunker Church as it appears in December 2012 at Antietam.
Dunker Church as it appears in December 2012 at Antietam.
Standing on Burnside Bridge looking at the creek during a brisk winter s day.
Standing on Burnside Bridge looking at the creek during a brisk winter's day.
Burnside Bridge. Originally  built in 1836 as a crossing of the creek  it served as an operational b...
Burnside Bridge. Originally, built in 1836 as a crossing of the creek, it served as an operational bridge until the mid 20th century. Today it is preserved as part of the Antietam National Battlefield, a part of the National Park Service.
Burnside Bridge is said by many to be haunted.
Burnside Bridge is said by many to be haunted.
The Mumma Farm. Samuel Mumma had donated the land the Dunker Church was built upon. This home was bu...
The Mumma Farm. Samuel Mumma had donated the land the Dunker Church was built upon. This home was burned intentionally by the Confederate Army in 1862 during the Battle of Antietam. The only original structure is the white building off in the distance that appears left to the cannon. The Mumma family rebuilt one year after the battle took place.
RUINS: The ancient city of Palmyra  Syria  is believed to be threatened by Islamic militants who hav...
RUINS: The ancient city of Palmyra, Syria, is believed to be threatened by Islamic militants who have seized the area from the government and appear to be destroying relics that predate Islam, which dates back to the 7th century.
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Original structures of the Ben Lomond Plantation as they exist today (view of the buildings from the...
Original structures of the Ben Lomond Plantation as they exist today (view of the buildings from the rear of the home)