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U.S. marks 150th anniversary of start of Civil War

RALEIGH, North Carolina — Americans on Tuesday mark the 150th anniversary of the start of the US Civil War, a bloody conflict that historians say still deeply influences the United States. “The Civil War is one of the most significant events in American history in terms of the way the…

Netherlands marks a decade of gay marriage

AMSTERDAM (AFP) – The Netherlands celebrated the 10th anniversary of the world’s first legally binding gay marriage with another set of nuptials Friday, mixing the formal with the casual. “I declare you, in my position as mayor of Amsterdam, joined by the rights of marriage,” Eberhart van der Laan told…

Torture complaints hit Bush on ninth anniversary of key decision

Nine years ago today, the Bush administration decided that international law does not apply to prisoners of war. It was a watershed moment in US history, resulting in a policy of torture that pervaded and darkened the Bush years, and inflamed anti-American sentiment abroad. To mark that grim anniversary, two…

Rolling Stone releases Lennon’s final interview

Rolling Stone releases final interview with John Lennon on the 30th anniversary of his death Three days before he was gunned down, John Lennon complained about his critics — saying they were just interested in “dead heroes” — and talked optimistically about his family and future, musing that he had…

Korans vandalized in New York, Washington on 9/11 anniversary

UPDATE: Two religious leaders at a recently-founded offshoot of the Baptist church burned Korans in a Tennessee back yard on the anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, reports the NBC affiliate in Nashville. WSMV reports: The Rev. Bob Old and the Rev. Danny Allen both had different reasons for burning the…

Dueling protests occupy sites near Ground Zero following 9/11 memorial service

Family members of Sept. 11 victims recited loved ones’ names through tears on the ninth anniversary of the attacks Saturday, avoiding direct mention of the political furor centered two blocks from ground zero. Soon after, demonstrations began over the mosque planned for the spot. After the ceremony, around 1,000 activists…

As Americans mark ninth anniversary of 9/11, Obama pleads for unity

A series of solemn ceremonies at Ground Zero in New York, the Pentagon and a crash site in Pennsylvania got underway Saturday marking an unusually tense ninth anniversary of the 9/11 attacks. In sunny New York, Vice President Joseph Biden and Mayor Michael Bloomberg were among those attending the annual…

$225 tickets to ‘meet and greet’ Glenn Beck on 9/11 sell out

“Patriots” hoping to shake Glenn Beck’s hand on the nine-year anniversary of the September 11 attacks will be out of luck if they waited too long. At CBS News, Brian Montopoli reports, “Sarah Palin and Glenn Beck are appearing together in Anchorage, Alaska Saturday to mark the anniversary of the…

Rare color footage of London blitz found

Rare color footage of London blitz found on eve of 70th anniversary of WWII bombing raids Rare color footage of the bomb damage inflicted on London during World War II has surfaced on the eve of the 70th anniversary of the Blitz. The dramatic footage shows the destruction of several…

Glenn Beck: My DC rally will ‘reclaim the civil rights movement’

Beck plans rally at Lincoln Memorial on anniversary of King’s famed ‘I Have a Dream’ speech Glenn Beck’s rally on the anniversary and at the site of Martin Luther King Jr.’s famous “I Have a Dream” speech is drawing criticism, protests and questions about his intentions. Beck insists the event…

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