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Americans Rediscovering a Taste for Hard Cider

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Los Angeles Times | Aug 18, 2014

British transplant Jeffrey House has long believed in the appeal of a pint of fermented apple juice. But when he landed in California in the 1980s, he found few Americans willing to venture outside the familiar territory of beer and wine. Fast forward a few decades. Add drinkers who have been groomed by the craft beer movement. Throw in a dollop of gluten avoidance. Now, House's business is producing 1 million ... more

WWII Veteran Who Found Hitler's Top Hat Dies at 88

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Associated Press | Aug 11, 2014

ALBANY, New York (AP) — Richard Marowitz was just a day removed from witnessing the horrors of Dachau when he found a top hat on a shelf in a closet in Adolf Hitler's Munich apartment. Still furious over the gruesome sights he had seen at the nearby Nazi concentration camp, the 19-year-old self-described "skinny Jewish kid" from New York threw the black silk hat on the floor, jumped off the chair he had used t... more

World War I: The War That Inspired Innovative Art

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Associated Press | Aug 11, 2014

NEW YORK (AP) — In the summer of 1914, with the war in Europe just two weeks old, Henry James knew that something had been lost forever. "Black and hideous to me is the tragedy that gathers, and I'm sick beyond cure to have lived on to see it," the American author, an expatriate in London at the time, wrote to a friend. "You and I, the ornaments of our generation, should have been spared this wrec... more

Updated Dinosaurs Stalk America in Arena Show

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Associated Press | Aug 03, 2014

NEW YORK (AP) — What does a man who spends his work days creating animatronic dinosaurs do on his day off? If you're Sonny Tilders , you go see the real thing in person. Tilders, the creative director of The Creature Technology Co., couldn't resist recently stopping by the American Museum of Natural History while in New York to see some genuine fossils up close. "I wanted them to move. Just one ... more

Scrap-Metal Transformers on Mission to Save Planet

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Associated Press | Jul 28, 2014

PODGORICA, Montenegro (AP) — Watch out, Transformers are in town! Giant scrap-metal sculptures of popular Autobots, Decepticons and the evil Megatron himself are on show at several locations in the Montenegrin capital of Podgorica — the work of a young artist who saw a new role for his childhood heroes. The towering figures, mostly made of old car parts and other waste, have been placed outside cafes, restaurants... more

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