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5 Things to Know About France's Most Storied Medal

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PARIS (AP) — Three Americans and a British businessman were awarded France's highest decoration, the Legion of Honor, or Legion d'Honneur, Monday for subduing a gunman on a high-speed train carrying hundreds of passengers to Paris. Here's are five things to know about the red-ribboned, five-pronged medal, one of Europe's most storied and colorful awards: ___ NAPOLEON'S BRAINCHILD The medal was first created by Napoleon Bonaparte in 1802 as... more

IS Destroying Heritage in Syria and Iraq

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BEIRUT (AP) — The Islamic State group's demolition of the St. Elian Monastery in the central Syrian province of Homs is the latest in a long campaign that has destroyed or extensively damaged some of the Middle East's most spectacular archaeological and cultural sites. Some of the world's most precious cultural treasures, including ancient sites in the cradle of civilization, are in areas controlled by the group and at the mercy of extremists... more

Men Claim to Find Nazi Train Loaded With Treasure in Poland

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WARSAW, Poland (AP) — According to Polish lore, a Nazi train loaded with gold, artworks and weapons vanished into a mountain at the end of World War II, as the Germans fled the Soviet advance. Now two men claim they know the location of the mystery train and are demanding 10 percent of its value in exchange for revealing its location. Historians say the existence of the train has never been conclusively proven, but authorities are not passing... more

With Virtual Reality, a 360-Degree View Inside Syria

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LOS ANGELES (AP) — The latest frontier in virtual reality could be closer to reality than fantasy. While video game creators and filmmakers have recreated the likes of Middle-earth and Jurassic World in VR, activist news organization Ryot is teleporting viewers to real-life conflict zones and disaster areas like Nepal and Syria. Ryot released an immersive short film Tuesday shot last month on the w... more

Retired SEAL Makes it His Mission to Help Working Dogs

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In a darkened Iraqi suburb, Christmas Eve, 2006, a team of Navy SEALs moved quietly into position outside the home of a man known for training suicide bombers. The operation that night wasn't unlike hundreds of others carried out by Naval Special Warfare Development Group during the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. But it's one Jimmy Hatch won't ever forget. He'd later learn that no amount of alcohol could erase the memory. It was chilly, not ... more

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