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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.

Video shows Syrian rebel leader cutting heart out

A video from Syria has shown a rebel commander mutilating the body of a Syrian soldier, and cutting the soldiers heart out before biting on it.

Syrian army captures strategic town in southern Syria

The Syrian military scored a strategic victory today with the capture of Khirbet Ghazaleh, a southern town located on a key highway to Jordan.

Fighting between Syrian troops and rebels break out near Lebanon

Major fighting was reported today between Syrian troops and rebel forces near the Syrian Lebanese border. The latest fighting is part of the Syrian government's counteroffensive against rebel forces.

Syrian troops capture southern town

Syrian troops captured a town in the south of the country as they continued their counteroffensive against rebel forces.

Syrian regime launches multiple airstrikes amid counteroffensive

Damascus - The Syrian regime conducted multiple airstrikes across Syria today, as well as capturing an important strategic town in the north, in a counteroffensive against rebel gains.

March was deadliest month in Syria

Over 6,000 people were killed last month making it the bloodiest month in the ongoing civil war in Syria. The report was released by the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.

Syrian National Coalition President Moaz Khatib resigns

Damas - After just four months in office, the president of the Syrian National Coalition (SNC) has resigned. Moaz Khatib stated that freedom cannot be obtained within the official institutions. The western backed coalition is rife with internal fighting.

Syrian rebels capture air base in southern Syria

Damascus - Syrian rebels managed to capture an air defence base near Jordan today, after a 16 day siege on the base. The capture will come as a strategic victory for the rebels as the base is located near an international highway linking Damascus to Jordan.
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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
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Destruction in Azaz  Syria from government forces air strike.
Destruction in Azaz, Syria from government forces air strike.
VOA-Scott Bob
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Syrian boys walk to their tent at a refugee camp in Atmeh  Syria.
Syrian boys walk to their tent at a refugee camp in Atmeh, Syria.
Freedom House
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Some traditional elders of Somalia in Baran  Puntland  Somalia
Some traditional elders of Somalia in Baran, Puntland, Somalia
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Stone House at sunset
Stone House at sunset
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Much of the original interior remains. While I was told some portions of floorboards  molding  etc. ...
Much of the original interior remains. While I was told some portions of floorboards, molding, etc. were replaced, I believe this interior door was original if memory serves.
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 A Beacon of Peace .  
Marker near the Dunker Church in the Antietam National Battlefield.
"A Beacon of Peace". Marker near the Dunker Church in the Antietam National Battlefield.
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Some traditional elders of Somalia in Baran  Puntland  Somalia
Some traditional elders of Somalia in Baran, Puntland, Somalia
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Antietam Battlefield Maryland
Antietam Battlefield Maryland
Library of Congress
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Burnside Bridge is said by many to be haunted.
Burnside Bridge is said by many to be haunted.
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A map hangs inside Stone House showing the original state of Virginia. West Virginia broke away and ...
A map hangs inside Stone House showing the original state of Virginia. West Virginia broke away and became its own state in 1863, joining the Union.
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Dunker Church as it appears in December 2012 at Antietam.
Dunker Church as it appears in December 2012 at Antietam.
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Richmond Virginia Civil War
Richmond Virginia Civil War
Library of Congress
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Dunker Church  originally established in 1852  played a pivotal role in the Civil War.
Dunker Church, originally established in 1852, played a pivotal role in the Civil War.
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The war in Tennessee : Confederate massacre of Federal troops after the surrender at Fort Pillow  Ap...
The war in Tennessee : Confederate massacre of Federal troops after the surrender at Fort Pillow, April 12th, 1864. Published in 1894.
This image is in the public domain; PD-US; PD-ART.
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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)
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Sign posted on the Antietam National Battlefield which shares history of the Mumma Farm. It indicate...
Sign posted on the Antietam National Battlefield which shares history of the Mumma Farm. It indicates that the field looks much like it would have during the mid-1800s.
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Civil War markers that were observed in the yard in the rear of the Old Stone Church
Civil War markers that were observed in the yard in the rear of the Old Stone Church
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A refugee camp in Sudan s Darfur province.
A refugee camp in Sudan's Darfur province.
IRIN Photo
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Over 150 years ago  the Union and Confederate Armies clashed at the area now called Burnside Bridge.
Over 150 years ago, the Union and Confederate Armies clashed at the area now called Burnside Bridge.
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