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Poetry Nov 20In poet John Keats’ letters, a man full of life just before he died
Romantic poet John Keats is best known for his odes, epics and sonnets. But in his short lifetime he also wrote dozens of letters to siblings and friends, which are now surfacing together online for the first time, 200 years…
Arts Nov 20PHOTOS: These gruesome dollhouse death scenes reinvented murder investigations
20th century heiress Frances Glessner Lee's parents pushed her toward feminine crafts. She used that to build dollhouse scenes of death that would help future investigators do forensic crime analysis.
Arts Nov 035 mystery novels you should seek out now
From "Rebecca" to "Strangers on a Train," here are 5 mystery novels you need to read now.
Arts Oct 27The 5 classic horror films you need to watch this Halloween
Early films like the 1929 "Nosferatu" set the archetype for today's horror movies, said Jacob McMurray, curator for a new exhibit on horror cinema. These classics are guaranteed to send chills down your spine.
Arts Oct 20200 years since ‘Frankenstein’ and it’s still alive. Here are 5 of the best adaptations
Since the classic 1931 film, “Frankenstein” has been spun off into hundreds of plays, television shows, books and films.
Arts Oct 135 moody graphic novels that influenced the Harry Potter illustrator’s work
Jim Kay, the artist behind the illustrated Harry Potter books, recommends graphic novels that are dark, mysterious, mystical and moody.
Nation Oct 11The Boy Scouts say they will now admit girls. Here’s what that means.
Here’s what we know about the decision -- and what it means for scouting.
Arts Sep 29Behind the castle doors, a crew of Renaissance fair workers find family amid the fantasy
Behind the scenes of this fleeting fantasy world is a tight-knit community of artisans, entrepreneurs and free spirits who reunite at the Maryland festival every year, and have for decades.
World Sep 14The first American Vietnam War POW on why we need to understand the war
Former U.S. Navy Commander Everett Alvarez, Jr. was the second U.S. pilot to be downed and detained during the Vietnam War. He spent more than eight years in captivity, making him the second-longest-held American prisoner of war. He talks to…
Nation Aug 14First-ever federal charges of female genital mutilation seen as landmark
In April, the FBI opened its first-ever federal case against two Michigan doctors for performing the procedure on dozens of girls over more than a decade. The outcome could set a precedent for how the American court system rules on…