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Titanic survivor letter sells for nearly $12,000

Jan 24, 2015

Titanic survivor letter sells for nearly $12,000

An indignant letter from a British aristocrat who survived the sinking of the Titanic in 1912 has sold for $11,875, an auction house in New England said Friday. Lady Lucy Duff-Gordon, a target of public outrage after she fled the doomed ocean liner on ...

Jan 23, 2015

Email scam netted $214 million in just 14 months: FBI

An email scam that targets businesses with bogus invoices has netted more than $214 million from victims in 45 countries in just over a year, an FBI task force said Thursday. The Internet Crime Complaint Center, a joint effort of the FBI and the ...

Jan 15, 2015

U.S. cabbie gets $1,000 tip for two-minute drive

A quick chat and a two-minute drive is all it took for an American cab driver to be tipped nearly $1,000. Oumar Maiga, a night-shift driver from Philadelphia, was so stunned he waited a month for the credit card transaction to clear, convinced the ...

Austria ponders taking over house of Hitler's childhood

Jan 15, 2015

Austria ponders taking over house of Hitler's childhood

The Austrian government is looking at options that would allow it to take possession of the house where Adolf Hitler spent his early childhood as it seeks to end a dispute with the owner over its use, officials said Wednesday. The move is the ...

Jacqueline Kennedy's notes to designers up for auction

Jan 14, 2015

Jacqueline Kennedy's notes to designers up for auction

In private, even the stylish former U.S. first lady Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis admitted to tiring of the all-black attire long considered chic in New York City. “I just love this suit & will wear it everywhere as I am SO sick of everyone constantly ...

Jan 12, 2015

Move over Nessie, Scotland gets new, prehistoric marine reptile

Scotland has its very own prehistoric marine reptile — and, no, we’re not talking about Nessie, the mythic Loch Ness monster. Scientists have announced the discovery of the fossil remains of a dolphinlike seagoing reptile on Scotland’s Isle of Skye that lived about 170 ...