In a recent nationwide test, only 20% of 4th graders tested 'proficient' in history. (GETTY IMAGES)
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"The test called upon the students to identify at least two of the contributions to the political, economic, or social developments of the United States by such famous Americans as Lincoln, Jefferson, Jackson, and Theodore Roosevelt," an article in The New York Times reports. "Only 22 percent of American students had mastered enough history in their high school days to identify two contributions made by Lincoln to this country."
Nineteenth-century prospectors pan for gold in the Klondike region of Canada's Yukon Territory.
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More than a century ago, George Carmack stuck his arm into the frigid waters of Bonanza Creek in the Yukon Valley. What he came up with changed his life and many others: a gold nugget as big as his thumb.
After decades of searching, he was suddenly a rich man. And soon, the frozen, deserted Yukon was overrun. Hundreds of thousands of gold prospectors trekked to Alaska and Canada for the biggest gold strike in American history.
Rais Bhuiyan after he was shot in the face on Sept. 21, 2001.
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Just 10 days after the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, Rais Bhuiyan was working at a gas station in Dallas when he was shot in the face by a man named Mark Stroman.
Stroman was on a shooting spree, targeting people who appeared to be Muslim or of Middle Eastern descent. Stroman is due to be executed July 20; Bhuiyan, the only survivor of the attacks, is fighting to save his life.
When Stroman entered the gas station, Bhuiyan initially thought it was a routine robbery.
Portsmouth Public Health Nurse Lisa Roberts helped found the Scioto County Prescription Drug Action Team. Behind her is a memorial to victims of prescription drug abuse.
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Ohio's pain management clinics come under tough new regulations Sunday. Many of the clinics are blamed for prescription drug abuse in a state where the leading cause of accidental death is unintentional drug overdose. In the south of the state, Scioto County is leading the fight against the so-called "pill mills."
Anybody you talk to around the city of Portsmouth can tell you about a family member, a teammate or a colleague who's been in trouble with painkillers.
Last year, Cults was just a couple of amateur musicians named Brian Oblivion and Madeline Follin. Then they uploaded their song, "Go Outside," onto a popular indie music website. The tune went viral and they became an instant indie success story. But no one knew who they were, where they were from, what they looked like or, for that matter, their real names.
NATO said Sunday one of its airstrikes in the Libyan capital, Tripoli, went astray and may have killed civilians. The statement came after the Libyan government accused the alliance of killing nine civilians in an airstrike on a residential neighborhood in the capital early Sunday.
The military alliance said the errant strike early Sunday may have been due to "a weapons system failure."
A NATO commander says the alliance "regrets the loss of innocent civilian lives and takes great care in conducting strikes."
It's summer blockbuster time. Just put down that copy of 100 Years of Solitude and give in. Mutants, Giant Robots, Exploding Planets and Evil Supervillains: this is what makes America great.
The question of the day is this – How good was X-Men: First Class? My son and I just saw it and both thought it was excellent. With its perfect pitch retro 60s look and feel (even down to the "X" graphics at the films end) and some superb superhero acting (Michael Fassbender as Magneto) the film has something for both comic book geeksters and ordinary folk.
Two men operate the enormous UNIVAC (UNIVersal Automatic Computer) in 1960.
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Now that we have handheld devices to do everything for us, it's hard to imagine the days when one computer filled a whole room.
Decades before today's microprocessors, the first commercially available computer used magnetic tape and 5,600 vacuum tubes. It weighed thousands of pounds and measured 25 by 50 feet. UNIVAC, short for Universal Automatic Computer, was put into service 60 years ago this week.