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Syngman Rhee, First President of South Korea, Dies in Exile (1965)
Born in Korea shortly before it was occupied by Japan, Rhee was condemned to life in prison in 1897 for anti-Japanese activity. Amnestied and released in 1904, he went on to become the first Korean to earn a doctorate from a US university. In 1919, he was elected president of a provisional government in exile. Following WWII, he was elected the first president of Korea, with US backing. Ruling as an anti-Communist dictator, Rhee went to war against North Korea in 1950. Why did he resign in 1960? Discuss

Bomb Kills 85, Injures Hundreds at Argentinean Jewish Community Center (1994)
At 200,000, Argentina's Jewish community is the largest in Latin America. Sadly, during the 1990s in Buenos Aires, it became a target. In 1992, the Israeli Embassy was bombed. Two years later, the Argentine Israelite Mutual Association building was bombed, killing 85 and injuring hundreds. Argentine prosecutors have since accused the government of Iran and the Hezbollah militia of carrying out the 1994 attack, but no one has been convicted. Why was Judge Juan José Galeano removed from the case?

Apollo-Soyuz Test Project: First Docking of Russian and US Spacecrafts (1975)
The Apollo-Soyuz Test Project was the first joint flight of the US and Soviet space programs. Its primary purpose was symbolic, to show that the two superpowers were easing the tensions of their Space Race. The two mission commanders exchanged the first international handshake in space through the open hatch of the Soyuz. Though American Deke Slayton had been selected for the Mercury mission in the 1950s, the Apollo-Soyuz Test Project was his first flight into space. Why did he have to wait?

Jean Smart: After the Witch Trials
What do you do when the paper trail for your ancestor ends? Jean Smart discovered the answer was to not give up. Jean went on a road of discovery and found that her 8x great-grandmother, Dorcas Galley, was accused as a witch in Salem, Massachusetts. Shortly after her trial in 1692, Dorcas appeared to vanish Read More

Molly Shannon: Secrets in Irish Marriage Records
Sometimes a simple piece of paper can unlock a deep and tragic story about your ancestors. That’s what happened for Molly Shannon, who went on an emotional journey to trace her 2x great-grandparents, Hugh Cattigan and Bridget Farry. Molly’s adventure led her to Ireland, where she discovered their 1851 marriage certificate. That simple piece of Read More

Ancestry Product Update: Family Group Sheets are Back!
The Family Group Sheet has returned to aid in your research! If you are unfamiliar with a Family Group Sheet (or Family Group Record), it is a view of parents and children in a family, and is designed to show names, dates, and places of birth, marriages, and deaths in an easy-to-read format. It has Read More

Alternative WWI Army Service Detail Sources
Searching for information on Army military service from World War I can be a bit difficult for some researchers due to the 1973 fire at the National Personnel Records Center (NPRC). We tend to think we have to only look for World War I Army service information at the NPRC and if the records burned, Read More

Hilary Duff: Tracing Rags back to Riches
Hilary Duff knew her father was born into money, but her mother grew up poor. She assumed that, because of the poverty, little could be learned about her mother’s side of the family. But once Hilary embarked on the quest to discover her mother’s ancestors, she soon found secret gems buried in her family history. Read More

Megan Mullally: Courageous Women and Their Untold Stories
When Megan Mullally began her journey into the past, she discovered that many records for her family belonged to her male ancestors. She learned the sad truth that most legal documents in the 19th century related to men, with far fewer records belonging to women at the time. Megan realized, like many others researching their Read More

Laverne Cox: Expressions of Freedom
The search for African American ancestors often reveals a tale of hardship and overcoming trials. Laverne Cox went on the hunt to learn more about the family of her 2x great-grandmother, Georgiana Banks, and discovered a trove of stories that showed the African American experience in the 19th century, as well as expressions of freedom Read More

Ancestry Product Update: Conduct Search Utilizing the information on another Member’s Tree
Customers have been able to conduct a search for a person within their own tree utilizing the information in their timeline. Now we have made it possible for customers to conduct a targeted search from a person in a Public Member Tree. Steps: Navigate in the person page of another customer’s tree. To search Read More

It’s the Most Jamboree Time of the Year
One of my favorite conferences of the year is the Southern California Genealogy Jamboree held in June in Burbank each year.  The speakers are stellar.  The exhibit hall is full of learning opportunities.  There are great prizes to won and lots of genealogy networking to be done. In Person If you live anywhere near Burbank, Read More

Jon Cryer: Ascension to a Legacy
Through an incredible journey, Jon Cryer discovered that his 9x great-grandfather, James Adams, came to America as an indentured servant. After a disastrous attempt to repel the English from his beloved Scotland, James Adams and other Scots were captured, shipped to Massachusetts against their will, and compelled into approximately 7 years of indentured service for Read More

Why you should visit Boulder
The concise Colorado city certainly does things its own way. But it’s hard not to like a perpetually sunny place with open spaces for athleisure and a month dedicated to beer.

Travel agents: How to find a good one and how they can help
When you can book every aspect of a trip online, in minutes, why would you use a travel agent? And how do you find a good one?

Marriott hotels eliminating plastic straws by 2019
Marriott International plans to remove plastic straws and drink stirrers from all of its 6,500 hotels and resorts worldwide by next year.

Marriott hotels eliminating plastic straws by 2019
Marriott International plans to remove plastic straws and drink stirrers from all of its 6,500 hotels and resorts worldwide by next year.

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Why you should visit Milwaukee
Wisconsin’s largest city welcomes visitors with lake views, stellar food, never-ending brews and a hearty dose of Midwestern niceness.

What is 'green travel,' anyway? A beginner's guide to eco-friendly vacation planning.
Experts offer tips on choosing earth-friendly modes of transportation, hotels and activities.

Official: Escaped jaguar bit through steel cable barrier
A jaguar that killed nine other animals during a weekend escape from its habitat at the Audubon Zoo is believed to have bitten through a steel-cable barrier that forms the roof of its habitat, the zoo’s managing director said Tuesday.

Portland chosen for self-driving car pilot program
A Maine city is among seven municipalities that have been selected to help test self-driving car technology.

The Latest: Smoky Yosemite has some tourists leaving early
The Latest on a deadly wildfire near Yosemite National Park (all times local):

Search lengthens for missing Joshua Tree National Park hiker
Trackers with dogs are combing part of Joshua Tree National Park in search of a Canadian man missing since heading out for a hike Friday morning.

Where to eat breakfast, lunch and dinner in Chicago’s West Loop
West Loop: A Chicago neighborhood with its own distinctive flavor.

The Latest: Woman transported to Honolulu after lava injury
The Latest on lava injuring tour boat passengers off Hawaii (all times local):

Pretzels to replace peanuts on Southwest flights
Citing the prevalence of allergies, the low-cost carrier will no longer offer peanuts as in-flight snacks.

City of Salem promises to spruce up witch trials memorial
A city in Massachusetts is promising to spruce up its witch trials memorial that some people have complained is already starting to look shabby just a year after it was unveiled.

Rail tunnel project scrambling as funding deadline looms
A $13 billion project to build a new rail tunnel into New York is scrambling to stay in the running for key federal funding as a July 14 deadline looms.

In Andalusia’s three key cities, one of history’s great architectural mash-ups
Spain’s Cordoba, Seville and Granada showcase a striking blend of Moorish and Christian architecture.

Cave-diving experts feel the ripples of the Thailand rescue — a rise in demand
The dramatic rescue of 12 boys and their coach has spiked interest, but instructors and guides warn that training is important, as well as the right attitude.

Miami Beach with a toddler? Believe it or not, it can be fun.
Approached strategically, Miami Beach can be a surprisingly family friendly destination.

Travel deals: Airfare sale to the West Coast and reduced rates at the Omni Homestead Resort
The week’s best bargains around the globe.

‘Transformative travel’ is the industry’s latest twist on making vacations more meaningful
Why just go on vacation when you can have a life-changing experience? ‘Transformative travel’ aims to do both.

Flying with diabetes: What you need to know
Factors such as unpredictable preflight-screening rules and limited food and beverage availability can impact diabetic travelers.

NTSB quizzes officials on deadly Washington train wreck
Federal safety investigators on Tuesday questioned transportation officials about last year’s Amtrak train derailment south of Seattle that killed three people and injured dozens, focusing some questions on the curve where the train derailed.

American Airlines says it’s getting rid of plastic straws
American Airlines says it will stop using plastic straws and drink stirs and replace them with biodegradable alternatives.

‘Someone else’s problem’: Six women learn the confusing, ambiguous reality of confronting an alleged harasser
It started with a Facebook post. Would it end with a manager’s firing?

‘Someone else’s problem’: Six women learn the confusing, ambiguous reality of confronting an alleged harasser
It started with a Facebook post. Would it end with a manager’s firing?

How to cook for one in a group house where everyone is cooking for one
A little communication goes a long way.

Can a restaurant that showcases three Asian cuisines do them all well?
2.5 stars | Kaliwa, Cathal Armstrong’s new restaurant at the Wharf, splits the menu among Philippine, Korean and Thai dishes.

The 2018 Spring Dining Guide
With so many new restaurants in D.C., who can keep up? Tom Sietsema reviews 30 places that opened in the last year, including his top 10.

Free Range on Food: Wednesday, July 18, at noon
We'll be talking about Rodney Scott's whole hog barbecue, snail farming, doctoring store-bought croissants, this week's recipes and more.

Step-by-step | How to make the fluffiest muffins
Are muffins essentially breakfast cake? Does it even matter? Here’s the recipe for an infinitely adaptable batter that will make your days a little better.

Think Indian food is complicated? Meet this 30-minute creamy shrimp dish.
You get a lot of flavor with minimal cooking time.

Prestigious Julia Child Award goes to two pioneering women
Mary Sue Milliken and Susan Feniger are credited with transforming the Los Angeles restaurant scene and mentoring countless chefs.

Visual recipe: Tangy, tender shrimp and a creamy, spicy sauce
Try this sunny, creamy dish stacked with an Indian flavor profile from the Dinner in Minutes Pantry.

Visual recipe: Tangy, tender shrimp and a creamy, spicy sauce
Try this sunny, creamy dish stacked with an Indian flavor profile from the Dinner in Minutes pantry.

How Corelle plates came to fill immigrants' kitchen cabinets
"They're the old-school Nokia phones of dishware."

You bought a ton of summer produce at the farmers market. This is what you cook with it.
It's the season for tomatoes, eggplant, peaches, berries and more.

At an American escargot farm, growth proceeds at a snail’s pace
As French food becomes hip again, chefs look for domestic sources that aren’t canned.

This chickpea curry is what your roasted tomatoes have been waiting for
WEEKNIGHT VEGETARIAN | Scoop it all up with naan.

Mary Beth Albright's Food Hacks: Summer Cobbler
Use your favorite seasonal fruit, an easy topping -- and the grill.

How a small-town pitmaster turned a dying cuisine into the stuff of celebrity
Whole-hog specialist Rodney Scott leaves his countryside roots for Charleston and forges his own path to national acclaim

Ceviche is the refreshing, no-cook fish dish you need this summer
The dish popular in Latin America makes for a perfect summer plate.

Mary Beth Albright's Food Hacks: Summer Cobbler
Way easier than pie, these mini desserts on the grill tuck warm, seasonal fruits under a cookie topping.

6 ways to help you eat, slurp and drink through your next watermelon
Including watermelon gazpacho and, oh yes, watermelon punch served in a watermelon.

How to transform a bakery croissant into something marvelous
Almond-filled ones might be taken for granted in France, but they are a cut-above in America. Here’s how to make them at home.

Here’s the price range in wine where you can find the best quality
RECOMMENDED | And the bottles that prove it.

How could 10 million bottles of cheap Spanish rosé be passed off as French? Blame America.
Our insatiable love for pink wine created a booming market that helped lay the groundwork for fraud.