At $110.5 Million, Jean-Michel Basquiat’s Painting Becomes Priciest U.S. Artwork Ever Sold : The Two-Way : NPR

Jean-Michel Basquiat’s untitled painting of a skull is displayed behind an official with Sotheby’s, which offered the media a preview earlier this month. On Thursday, the work sold for $110.5 million — the highest sum ever paid at auction for a work by a U.S. artist. Don Emmert/AFP/Getty Images

Jean-Michel Basquiat joined “joined the pantheon of great, great artists” Thursday night, when the late painter’s 1982 work Untitled sold for a record-breaking $110.5 million at auction — the highest sum ever paid at auction for a U.S.-produced artwork

Source: At $110.5 Million, Jean-Michel Basquiat’s Painting Becomes Priciest U.S. Artwork Ever Sold : The Two-Way : NPR

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Life Expectancy Varies By 20 Years, Depending On County : Shots – Health News : NPR

Geographic inequality in lifespan is growing in the United States, with people in some counties living more than 20 years longer than those in others.

New research documents significant disparities in the lifespans of Americans depending on where they live. And those gaps appear to be widening, according to the research.

Source: Life Expectancy Varies By 20 Years, Depending On County : Shots – Health News : NPR

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Tyrants Bench to be Removed from Oil City’s Justus Park Given Back to VFW :: exploreClarion.com

 

By Chris Rossetti

The city was first asked to remove the bench in a November 3 letter from The American Atheists Legal Center (AALC), which claimed the display likely violates the Establishment Clause of the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, which states that “Congress shall make no law respecting the establishment of religion.”

Source: Tyrants Bench to be Removed from Oil City’s Justus Park Given Back to VFW :: exploreClarion.com

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French citizens vote in an uncertain race that could determine Europe’s future

In a year of populist drama, the closely watched election offered citizens sharply differing choices about France’s role in the world. The front-runners ranged from an ex-Trotskyist campaigner who wants to impose a maximum income to a hard-edged, anti-immigrant firebrand who wants to split from the European Union and reorient toward Russia.

Source: French citizens vote in an uncertain race that could determine Europe’s future

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Secret UK tomb found to contain remains of 5 archbishops of Canterbury – Chicago Tribune

In this file photo dated Wednesday, May 25, 2011, then Archbishop of Canterbury Dr Rowan Williams poses with a 400-year old King James Bible at his London residence, Lambeth Palace. According to a statement from the London Museum released Sunday April 16, 2017, the remains of five former archbishops of Canterbury were discovered during renovation works inside a secret tomb beneath a building located next to Lambeth Palace, including the remains of Richard Bancroft who became archbishop in 1604 and played a major role in production of the King James Bible. (Akira Suemori / AP)

A London museum has revealed that the remains of five archbishops of Canterbury were discovered inside a secret tomb beneath its building. The remains of some others have not been identified.

Source: Secret UK tomb found to contain remains of 5 archbishops of Canterbury – Chicago Tribune

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Here’s what United will do differently after the infamous dragging incident

United Airlines will no longer allow crew members to displace passengers who are already seated on a plane.

Under a new policy, which is meant to avoid future public relations disasters like the one the world witnessed earlier this week, airline crews are required to check in at least an hour before a flight leaves, the airline company said. The purpose is to avoid having to find a seat for a crew member after all passengers have already boarded.

Source: Here’s what United will do differently after the infamous dragging incident

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Mumps in Texas: Biggest outbreak in 22 years – CNN.com

The Texas Department of State Health Services warns of multiple ongoing mumps outbreaks: 221 total cases this year, the highest incidence in 22 years.

  • Experts say the virus could be spreading from neighboring Arkansas
  • The outbreaks are not due to a lack of vaccinations
  • Although vaccination protection wanes over time, it can make complications less likely

Source: Mumps in Texas: Biggest outbreak in 22 years – CNN.com

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World’s oldest person Emma Morano dies at 117 – BBC News

Italian Emma Morano was officially the last person born in the 1800s still living.

Ms Morano had admitted that her longevity was partly down to genetics: her mother reached 91 and several sisters reached their centenary.

But it was also down to a rather unusual diet of three eggs – two raw – each day for more than 90 years.

Source: World’s oldest person Emma Morano dies at 117 – BBC News

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‘Assassins!’: A Confederate spy was accused of helping kill Abraham Lincoln. Then he vanished.

Maryland native John Surratt was arrested nearly two years after the assassination in Alexandria, Egypt, wearing the uniform of the pope’s private army. But his saga didn’t end there.

It was the trial of the century: a presidential assassin who had led authorities on a global manhunt for nearly two years. Some even speculated that Surratt, 23, was the key to tying Confederate leaders to Lincoln’s killing.

Source: ‘Assassins!’: A Confederate spy was accused of helping kill Abraham Lincoln. Then he vanished.

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Spicer apologizes after receiving sharp criticism for saying Hitler didn’t use chemical weapons

His original comment came as he tried to underscore the barbarity of the Syrian government.

White House press secretary Sean Spicer apologized on Tuesday for remarks that were viewed as downplaying the atrocities of the Holocaust.

Source: Spicer apologizes after receiving sharp criticism for saying Hitler didn’t use chemical weapons

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Border wall contractors brace for hostile site – CBS News

SAN DIEGO – One potential bidder on President Donald Trump’s border wall with Mexico wanted to know if authorities would rush to help if workers came under “hostile attack.” Another asked if employees can carry firearms in states with strict gun control laws and if the government would indemnify them for using deadly force.

With bids due Tuesday on the first design contracts, interested companies are preparing for the worst if they get the potentially lucrative job.

A U.S. official with knowledge of the plans who spoke on condition of anonymity because the details haven’t been made public said four to 10 bidders are expected to be chosen to build prototypes.

Source: Border wall contractors brace for hostile site – CBS News

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Back From The Dead? Reported Sightings Fuel Hope For Return Of Tasmanian Tigers : The Two-Way : NPR

The last known Tasmanian tiger died more than eight decades ago. It has become the stuff of textbook sketches and yellowing photographs. But now, researchers are launching a new search.

“It’s a dog with a pouch, Australia’s James Cook University’s Sandra Abell tells All Things Considered. She’s one of the people leading the search in Queensland, Australia.

Source: Back From The Dead? Reported Sightings Fuel Hope For Return Of Tasmanian Tigers : The Two-Way : NPR

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McDonald’s Quarter Pounders will soon be made of fresh beef

McDonald’s announced that the chain will make the switch in most of its restaurants.

“Consumers are demanding more in terms of health and wellness,” said Jack Russo, an analyst with brokerage Edward Jones. “They want to know what’s in their products.”

Source: McDonald’s Quarter Pounders will soon be made of fresh beef

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Tomb Of Jesus Is Restored In Jerusalem : Parallels : NPR

Jesus’ tomb has been freshened up in time for Easter. “This monument today is free,” said Antonia Moropoulou, who led the Greek team that handled the renovations.

“I would venture to say that if this intervention hadn’t happened now, there was a very great risk that there could have been a collapse,” said Bonnie Burnham of the World Monuments Fund, a nonprofit in New York that helped raise funds for the $4 million project.

Source: Tomb Of Jesus Is Restored In Jerusalem : Parallels : NPR

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David Rockefeller, billionaire philanthropist, dead at 101 | Fox News

A billionaire philanthropist who was the last of his generation in the famously philanthropic Rockefeller family has died.

He was the youngest of six children born to John D. Rockefeller Jr. and the grandson of Standard Oil co-founder John D. Rockefeller. With the passing of his siblings, he became the guardian of his family’s fortune and head of a sprawling network of family interests, both business and philanthropic, that ranged from environmental conservation to the arts.

Source: David Rockefeller, billionaire philanthropist, dead at 101 | Fox News

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Let’s learn from the past: St. Patrick’s Day Flood of 1936 | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Post-Gazette.com – On St. Patrick’s Day in 1936, 81 years ago, an unlucky downpour resulted in one of our region’s worst natural disasters. Nearly two inches of rain fell on March 16, which added to the 63 inches of snow that came throughout the winter. Warm temperatures melted the snow, swelling creek beds along the upper Allegheny and Monongahela rivers. On St. Patrick’s Day, the rising rivers reached the North Side and washed into the streets of Downtown, wiping out historic businesses within hours.

Source: Let’s learn from the past: St. Patrick’s Day Flood of 1936 | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

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