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20 Facts You Didn’t Know About World War I

US marines marching in France during World War I. (George Grantham Bain Collection/Library of Congress)
US marines marching in France during World War I. (George Grantham Bain Collection/Library of Congress)

One hundred years ago, on July 28, 1914, Austria-Hungary declared war on Serbia after Archduke Franz Ferdinand of Austria was assassinated by a Serbian nationalist,...

  • Gregg Segal exposes American Consumerism in his 7 Days of Garbage photo project

    Photographer Gregg Segal: The King of Garbage Exposure

    Californian photographer Gregg Segal thinks you use too much stuff. Or rather, he thinks we all do, and our hyper consumerism is leading to a rubbish... Read more

  • Guardians of Rescue with some dogs they returned to their military owners. Military rules and logistics do not allow soldiers to take animals home from war with them, but leaving a beloved animal behind is a crushing blow. (Guardians of Rescue)

    Group Brings Soldiers’ Lost Dogs to America

    NEW YORK—In Afghanistan, a group of Americans heard shots. They went towards the sounds.  “When we got there, we saw a few Afghanis standing around... Read more

  • This file photo shows the Hester Street Fair, home to some of the best vendors in a out door marketplace in the Lower East Side of Manhattan on April 27, 2014.(Jack Feinberg/Epoch Times)

    Locally-grown Foods Look To Bigger Business

    PHILADELPHIA—Once a niche business, locally grown foods aren’t just for farmers markets anymore. A growing network of companies and organizations is delivering food directly from... Read more

  • Devin Mueller, 25, left, and his brother, Camden, 23, talk about having to keep their rooms spotless as home managers with Showhomes in the house they live in with their parents in Tampa, Fla. on Tuesday, July 1, 2014. The Muellers are one of the nomadic families living in luxury homes for short periods of time to help sell them.  (AP Photo/Tampa Bay Times, Will Vragovic)

    Unconventional Nomadic Life for Family of ‘Human Props’

    TAMPA, Fla.—When the Mueller family sits for dinner, the leftover broccoli and crepes are already wrapped in plastic, the kitchen is beyond spotless, and the... Read more

  • Anthony Cosentino and his son, John Cosentino, at the Brooklyn Developmental Center, June 20, 2014. The center is one of the two developmental centers in NYC that are slated to close under Governor Cuomo's initiative to transition adults with developmental disorders from institutions to group homes. Some fear group homes cannot adequately care for those who have severe disorders. (Samira Bouaou/Epoch Times)

    As Mental Health Centers Close in New York, a Parent Fears Inadequate Care

    NEW YORK—When John Cosentino was left alone, he ate. He ate cigarette butts. He ate the padding from chairs. He ate screws. He had once... Read more

  • World War II veteran Arthur Robinson of Saratoga Springs, NY, points to himself in a 1940 photograph with his unit at the New York State Military Museum on May 8, 2014, in Saratoga Springs. The Army’s 27th Infantry Division, which Robinson served in, bore the brunt of Japan’s largest mass suicide attack, launched before dawn on July 7, 1944, on the island of Saipan. The division’s 105th Regiment saw more than 400 killed and 500 wounded during the attack by more than 3,000 Japanese soldiers and sailors. The 27th was a former New York National Guard unit that still had many New Yorkers among its ranks when it landed on Saipan after the US Marines made the initial beach assault on June 15, 1944. (AP Photo/Mike Groll)

    US Survivors of WWII Battle Recall Saipan Attack

    SARATOGA SPRINGS, NY—Even after seven decades, Wilfred “Spike” Mailloux won’t talk about surviving a bloody World War II battle unless longtime friend John Sidur is... Read more

  • In this March 18, 2014, photo Maria Esther Salazar (C) grabs a cigarette from a friend in the Jungle, a homeless encampment in San Jose, Calif. The Jungle and several hundred smaller encampments in the region are the consequence of urban sprawl, with large open spaces that are not parks, and thus without rangers. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

    Survival and Defeat in Silicon Valley Slum

    SAN JOSE, Calif.—She is a disheveled woman, hair mussed, upper teeth gone, muddy walking cane taped together. But in the Jungle, Maria Esther Salazar is... Read more

  • In this Thursday, July 3, 2014 photo, Gertrude Weaver poses at Silver Oaks Health and Rehabilitation Center in Camden, Ark., a day before her 116th birthday. The Gerontology Research Group says Weaver is the oldest person in the United States and second-oldest person in the world. (AP Photo/Danny Johnston)

    On Fouth of July, at 116, Arkansas Woman Named Oldest American

    LITTLE ROCK, Ark.—A south Arkansas woman celebrated her 116th birthday Friday with cake, a party and a new title — she’s now officially the oldest... Read more

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    Put Your 4th of July Knowledge to the Test

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  • US President Barack Obama (L) speaks about immigration while as US Vice President Joseph Biden listens in the Rose Garden of the White House June 30, 2014 in Washington, DC. (Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

    Boy’s Death Draws Attention to Immigration Perils

    EDINBURG, Texas—When authorities found the body of an 11-year-old boy in South Texas, a phone number for his brother in Chicago was scribbled on the... Read more

  • 9/11 Responders Remembered Park in the Long Island town of Nesconset, N.Y. (Courtesy of 9/11 Responders Park Remembered, Inc.)

    A Father Remembers His Son and Memorializes the Other Forgotten Heroes of 9/11

    “My son didn’t die on 9/11, but it was 9/11 that eventually killed him,” said Stephen Grossman when I spoke with him recently at the... Read more

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    Drones Are Cheap, Soldiers Are Not: a Cost-Benefit Analysis of War

    Cost is largely absent in the key debates around the use of unmanned drones in war, even though drones are a cost-effective way of achieving... Read more

  • Larrison Manygoats with donated items. (Cat Rooney/Epoch Times)

    Navajo Veteran Wants to Heal Others With Wild Horses

    When U.S. marine Larrison Manygoats returned from his tours of duty in Iraq, he was diagnosed with posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and traumatic brain injuries... Read more

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    No Warrant, No Problem: How the Government Can Get Your Digital Data

    The government isn’t allowed to wiretap American citizens without a warrant from a judge. But there are plenty of legal ways for law enforcement, from... Read more

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    Was General George Patton Assassinated?

    Labeled a strong, charismatic, and somewhat eccentric general, George Patton is considered one of America’s brightest generals of World War II and of American history... Read more

  • In this April 28, 2014, Cliff Alderson, of Alamagordo, N.M., loosens a bolt to let oil pour out during an oil change on a car. Alderson, who is blind, completed the two-year auto mechanic program at Dona Ana Community College. He earned his degree by listening and learning to feel his way around the vehicle, KOAT-TV reported. (AP Photo/The Albuquerque Journal, Greg Sorber)

    Blind Man Hears, Feels His Way to Mechanic Degree

    LAS CRUCES, N.M.—A blind New Mexico man who recently earned an auto mechanics degree is looking for a job. Clifford Alderson, 48, a graduate from... Read more