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Doomsday Clock Ticks Closer to Midnight

Those who keep track of these things say the world is closer to apocalypse than most people know.

The Doomsday Clock, a figurative timepiece used as a barometer of humankind’s fate, was moved one minute closer to midnight on Tuesday, the first time it has been nudged forward since 2007.

It is now 11:55, five minutes before Doomsday.

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Thank You, Cavemen, For Teaching Us How to Yawn — Health Check

The mystery of why yawning is contagious may finally have been solved: an Italian study says it’s linked to empathy.

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Pearl Harbor Attack Survivors Buried With Shipmates

In one of the most poignant reminders of that "day that will live in infamy", more old sailors who survived the Japanese attack at Pearl Harbor have died, and have been taken back to Hawaii to be buried in their sunken ships with their shipmates.

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This Day in History for December 7 – Pearl Harbor Attacked and More

Here’s a look at some interesting events that took place on this day in history:

1787 – Delaware becomes the first state to ratify the United States Constitution (More info)

1941 – In an early-morning sneak attack, Japanese warplanes bomb the US naval base at Oahu Island’s Pearl Harbor, causing the United States to enter World War II (More info)

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De-Classified 1941 Navy Memo Hints US Knew Hawaii Attack Was Coming

Did President Franklin D. Roosevelt know the December 1941 Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor was coming?  A newly de-classified memo to FDR reveals there were signs that something was going to happen at Hawaii, but no one knew what it would be or when it would happen.

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Why We Eat What We Eat – Stories Behind Traditional Thanksgiving Foods

 

If you're like most Americans, your Thanksgiving dinner table will include at least a few basic items — turkey, stuffing, cranberry sauce and the like. But have you ever thought about why we eat those foods on Thanksgiving? Or, for that matter, why turkey is called “turkey”?

In order to answer these hard-hitting questions and maybe even give you some interesting small-talk for the table, here are the stories behind the traditional Thanksgiving foods.

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Patrick Buchanan: The End is Near

Conservative political and social pundit and former presidential candidate Patrick  Buchanan has a grim view of America's future.  Buchanan believes America is dying, and worse, it's dying by its own hand -- committing suicide.

That's the title of Buchanan's latest book:  Suicide of a Superpower.

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Book Doubts Thomas Jefferson Fathered Children of Slave Sally Hemings

In a book released this week, a group of eminent scholars says it’s highly unlikely that the man who wrote the Declaration of Independence and later became the third President fathered children with one of his slaves.

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