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Images released of shipwreck in San Francisco Bay

Apr 23, 2014
Images released of shipwreck in San Francisco Bay

The first images of the newly discovered wreckage of a steamship that sank in San Francisco Bay in 1888, killing 16 people, were released Wednesday by federal ocean scientists. A sail boat makes its way under the Golden Gate Bridge on Wednesday, A...

Books: ‘The Bohemians’ looks Mark Twain’s literary development in California

Apr 22, 2014
Books: ‘The Bohemians’ looks Mark Twain’s literary development in California

Author Ben Tarnoff links Twain’s greatness to his hobnobbing with the likes of Bret Harte and Ina Coolbrith.


Poet Ina Coolbrith was part of the circle of writing talent.

“The Bohemians: Mark Twain and the San Francisco Writers Who Reinvented American Literature” by Ben Tarnoff.

Troubled history fuels Japan-China tension

Apr 21, 2014
Troubled history fuels Japan-China tension

Strolling through China's sprawling memorial to a 1937 massacre by Japanese troops, a 64-year-old retired teacher said the incident remains an open wound. In this Feb. 11, 2014 photo, visitors walk through a hall filled with yellow bulbs symbolizi...

Big guns brought out to mark 1814 ‘Burning of Washington’

Apr 18, 2014
Big guns brought out to mark 1814 ‘Burning of Washington’

It was one of the dark hours in U.S. history. Two hundred years ago this summer, British soldiers overwhelmed American battalions, took the nation’s capital and burned the White House.


An engraving of "The Taking of the City of Washington... by the British Forces Under Major General Ross on August...

Big guns brought out to mark 1814 ‘Burning of Washington’

Apr 17, 2014
Big guns brought out to mark 1814 ‘Burning of Washington’

It was one of the dark hours in U.S. history. Two hundred years ago this summer, British soldiers overwhelmed American battalions, took the nation’s capital and burned the White House.


An engraving of "The Taking of the City of Washington... by the British Forces Under Major General Ross on August...

First Lady to address graduating high schoolers in Topeka, Kan., on 60th anniversary of Brown v. Board of Education

Apr 17, 2014
First Lady to address graduating high schoolers in Topeka, Kan., on 60th anniversary of Brown v. Board of Education

First Lady Michelle Obama will deliver a commencement address this year at an assembly of public high schools in Topeka, Kansas, to mark the 60th anniversary of the landmark U.S. Supreme Court case, Brown vs. Board of Education, the White House announc...

Huge Big Boy steam locomotive coming back to life

Apr 15, 2014
Huge Big Boy steam locomotive coming back to life

In its prime, a massive steam locomotive known as Big Boy No. 4014 was a moving eruption of smoke and vapor, a 6,300-horsepower brute dragging heavy freight trains over the mountains of Wyoming and Utah. File - In this Jan. 26, 2014 file photo, sp...

UC Davis professor repeats history with Pulitzer

Apr 14, 2014
UC Davis professor repeats history with Pulitzer

The first time historian Alan Taylor won a Pulitzer Prize, he had just returned to his office at the University of California, Davis from a tennis match when the telephone started ringing with congratulations and interview requests.


This undated image released by W. W. Norton & Company shows Alan Taylor,...

Obama marks 50th anniversary of Civil Rights Act

Apr 10, 2014
Obama marks 50th anniversary of Civil Rights Act

A half-century after the passage of sweeping civil rights legislation, President Barack Obama declared that he had “lived out the promise” envisioned by Lyndon B. Johnson, the president who championed the push for greater racial equality.


President Barack Obama pauses as he speaks at the LBJ Presidential Library, Thursday, April...

Getty Museum returns ancient manuscript to Greece

Apr 7, 2014

The J. Paul Getty Museum will return a 12th century New Testament manuscript to a monastery in Greece after museum officials said they only recently learned it was stolen decades before the museum acquired it in 1983.



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