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2 Tuskegee Airmen Die at Age 91 on Same Day

This 2011 photo shows Clarence E. "Buddy" Huntley Jr., a member of the Tuskegee Airmen, with a P-51C Mustang fighter plane similar to the one that he was a crew chief on while overseas during the war. Bruce Talamon (c) 2011 all rights reserved/AP photo

LOS ANGELES -- Two members of the Tuskegee Airmen -- the famed all-black squadron that flew in World War II -- died on the same day. The men, lifelong friends who enlisted together, were 91. Clarence E. Huntley Jr. and Joseph Shambrey died on Jan. 5 in their Los Angeles homes, relatives said Sunday. Huntley and Shambrey enlisted in 1942. They... more

Battle of New Orleans Was Crucial US Victory After All, Historians Say

Members of the Louisiana Army National Guard's 1st Battalion, 141st Field Artillery Regiment, march through Jackson Square Park in New Orleans at an annual wreath-laying ceremony to honor fallen soldiers of the Battle of New Orleans. Beyonka Joseph/Army

NEW ORLEANS -- New historical research is shedding light on how pivotal the victory by Maj. Gen. Andrew Jackson and his ragtag army of frontiersmen, Creoles, slaves and American Indians was at the Battle of New Orleans 200 years ago. Often, the Battle of New Orleans -- the main battle took place Jan. 8, 1815 -- is viewed as having been a great ... more

16th-Century Manual Shows 'Rocket Cat' Weaponry

An illustration from a manual by 16th century artillery master Franz Helm. The manual on artillery and siege warfare depicts a cat and dove strapped with bombs to 'set fire to a castle or city’ (Matt Rourke / AP)

PHILADELPHIA - You're a 16th-century German prince plotting to crush a peasant rebellion, or perhaps you're leading an army against the Ottoman Empire or looking to settle the score with a rival nobleman. What's a guy looking for a tactical edge to do? Bring on the rocket cats! Fanciful illustrations from a circa-1530 manual on artillery and s... more

USS Monitor Work Goes Dark as Funds Dwindle

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NEWPORT NEWS, Va. -- When the turret of the USS Monitor was hoisted from the ocean floor in 2002, the real heavy lifting was just beginning: conserving and restoring more than 200 tons of Civil War ironclad artifacts. The task went to The Mariners' Museum. Now, diminishing federal dollars have darkened a lab containing the revolving turret and ... more

Reverent Memorials to Mark JFK 50th Anniversary

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DALLAS -- Fifty years after President John F. Kennedy was assassinated in Dallas on Nov. 22, 1963, thousands will mark the day with a solemn ceremony in Dealey Plaza, through which the president's motorcade passed when shots rang out. Friday's event will feature brief remarks by the mayor, the tolling of church bells and readings from the presi... more

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