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Jed Portman

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The great American bison

They show up on old nickels, on the backs of quarters and on flags. They surface in burgers and jerky, in the logos of sports teams and in the names of towns. But how much do you know about this quintessential American animal?

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Interactive: Before and after: Tuscaloosa in the tornadoes’ path

The tornadoes that tore across the south last week left a devastating trail of loss and destruction. Comparative satellite images provide a vivid portrait of what was lost.

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Historical vertebrae, a sideshow mummy and the lingering mystery of John Wilkes Booth

Since Abraham Lincoln’s assassination 146 years ago, questions have persisted about John Wilkes Booth’s fate. Historians scoff, but Booth’s descendants want to know more.

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Emperor Akihito

Unlike his predecessors, Japan’s emperor speaks the people’s language and is married to a commoner. He also knows a lot about fish.

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Nebraska bill renews debate over killing horses for food

Congress effectively outlawed the horse meat industry in 2007, but a state bill aims to revive the issue and the industry. Animal rights activists are fighting it.

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The ‘Supermoon’

The moon will be really, really big on Saturday in a much-hyped event that some say causes natural disasters. Astronomers say: Nah.

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Carlos Slim’s shiny new art house

The world’s richest man is opening a shiny, modern museum in Mexico City to house his massive, diverse collection.

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Investigating corruption in the California National Guard

San Francisco Bee reporter Charles Piller’s investigative work shows various ways in which California Guard officials were lining their own pockets.

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A couple of pawns in a historic game of chess

Unearthed game pieces provide a glimpse into the intellectual home life of James Madison and his famous friends.