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Obama takes second oath, faces more divided US

President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden, accompanied by Maj. Gen. Michael S. Linnington, Commander of the U.S. Army Military District of Washington, listen to Taps after placing a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknowns at Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Va., Sunday, Jan. 20, 2013. AP Photo/Susan Walsh

Barack Obama, battered yet still popular after a bruising first term as president, raises his right hand on Sunday to be sworn in for another four years as the leader of an America that is, perhaps, as divided politically and socially as at any time since the US Civil War 150 years ago.

Posted: January 21st, 2013 in Latest News Stories,Photos & Videos,World | Read More »

US Civil War’s 150th stirs a trove of memories


A diary with a lifesaving bullet hole from the Gettysburg battlefield. An intricate valentine crafted by a Southern soldier for the wife he would never see again. A slave’s desperate escape to freedom.

Posted: December 27th, 2011 in Latest News Stories,World | Read More »