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The necklace that cost Marie Antoinette her head

Jonathan Beckman unravels the bizarre hoax that ultimately took Marie Antoinette to the guillotine<p>In the late summer of 1785, Europe was gripped by a scandal unfurling at the French court. A diamond necklace of immense value, containing 647 stones and weighing 2,800 carats, had gone missing. Its …

FBI finds 'priceless' Polish art in Bay Area storage facility

Polish artist Hanna "Kali" Weynerowska - she took the nickname, as a World War II resistance fighter, from a fierce Hindu goddess - spent her last 45 years in San Francisco, where she created paintings displayed around the world. Before her death in 1998, she bequeathed 78 artworks to a Polish …

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Rio Celeste Waterfall Is Quite Possibly The Bluest Waterfall On Earth

It may look like Photoshop, but it's not.<p>This is the waterfall at Rio Celeste, a river in Costa Rica's Tenorio Volcano National Park. The water is actually this dazzling blue color because of volcanic minerals below the surface-- it's the real-life version of an effect usually only achieved with …

NTSB: Witnesses say truck in flames before it crashed into students' bus

Witnesses said a FedEx tractor-trailer truck was already in flames when it crossed a median and slammed into a bus carrying students in Northern California, the National Transportation Safety Board said Saturday night.<p>The driver of a white Nissan Altima that passed the bus just before the crash …

Flight MH370 co-pilot tried to make mid-flight phonecall, report claims

The co-pilot of the missing Malaysian airliner MH370 tried to make a mid-flight call from his mobile phone just before the plane vanished from radar screens, according to Malaysian newspaper reports.<p>The call ended abruptly possibly "because the aircraft was fast moving away from the …