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An undated photo of dancer "Mata Hari," born Margaretha Zelle, who was executed during World War I for being a spy. AP Photo
LEEUWARDEN, Netherlands (AP) — A century ago on Sunday, an exotic dancer named Mata Hari was executed by a French firing squad, condemned as a sultry Dutch double agent who supposedly caused the deaths of thousands of soldiers during World War I. Her life and death became fodder almost overnight...
 Today is Monday, Oct. 16, the 289th day of 2017. There are 76 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On Oct. 16, 1987, a 58-1/2-hour drama in Midland, Texas, ended happily as rescuers freed Jessica McClure, an 18-month-old girl trapped in a narrow, abandoned well. On this date...
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The real Albuquerque house made famous by the methamphetamine-making character Walter White in the AMC-TV hit series “Breaking Bad” is getting a fence. The owners are installing a 6-foot (2 meter) wrought iron fence on the front of the house used in the series, starring...
FRAMINGHAM, Mass. (AP) — Officials at a Massachusetts university are investigating after racial slurs were found written in a student dorm. Eunice Bwambok, a junior at Framingham State University, says she found racial slurs written in marker on her dorm room door Sunday. The finding comes two...
WASHINGTON (AP) — Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said Sunday that diplomatic efforts aimed at resolving the North Korean crisis “will continue until the first bomb drops.” That statement comes despite President Donald Trump’s tweets a couple of weeks ago that his chief envoy was “wasting his...
WASHINGTON (AP) — By slashing corporate tax rates, the Trump administration said Monday, the average U.S. household will get an estimated $4,000 more a year. This stunning 5 percent increase is likely to be met with skepticism from tax experts and Democratic lawmakers. Spread across every U.S....
Change is coming to “Thomas & Friends,” the 30-year-old TV show based on a series of books from 1945. Here’s a look at what’s different: — Two new female engines will be added to the series next fall, Nia and Rebecca. They will be part of the Steam Team, the seven main characters that live...
WASHINGTON (AP) — For art aficionados, President Donald Trump’s tax plan paints a pretty picture. The president’s tax overhaul proposal — which he has pitched as a boost for hardworking farmers and truckers — would repeal the federal estate tax paid by people who inherit multimillion-dollar...
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. (AP) — It wasn’t enough to send warm wishes to refugees in Syria. Vick Liu wanted to send them actual warmth. The sophomore at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology is creating a new line of sleeping bags designed for refugees who have few other options to keep warm during...
Richard Wilbur, the Pulitzer Prize-winning poet and translator who intrigued and delighted generations of readers and theatergoers through his rhyming editions of Moliere and his own verse on memory, writing and nature, died. He was 96. Wilbur died Saturday night in Belmont, Massachusetts, with...

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