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Ancient coins may solve mystery of murderous 1600s pirate

Ancient coins may solve mystery of murderous 1600s pirate

A handful of coins unearthed from a pick-your-own-fruit orchard in rural Rhode Island and other random corners of New England may help solve one of the planet’s oldest cold cases. The villain in this tale: a murderous English pirate who became the world’s most-wanted criminal after plundering a ship carrying Muslim pilgrims home to India from Mecca, then eluded capture by posing as a slave trader. “It’s a new history of a nearly perfect crime,” said Jim Bailey, an amateur historian and metal detectorist who found the first intact 17th-century Arabian coin in a meadow in Middletown. That...

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Statue of slave kneeling before Lincoln is removed in Boston

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AP NEWSADVERTISEMENThttps://apnews.com/article/marty-walsh-us-news-1bbe10800ca102f9af56a6a04615adb5Click to copyhttps://apnews.com/article/marty-walsh-us-news-1bbe10800ca102f9af56a6a04615adb5Click to copyRelated topicsA statue of Abraham Lincoln with a freed slave appearing to kneel at his feet — optics that drew objections amid a national reckoning with racial injustice — has been removed from its perch in downtown Boston.Workers removed the Emancipation Memorial, also known as the Emancipation Group and the Freedman’s Memorial, early Tuesday from a park just off Boston Common where it had...

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Letters reveal public distaste for booze in JFK White House

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AP NEWSADVERTISEMENThttps://apnews.com/a53c40cb7f9855c46a5eecee1319188eClick to copyhttps://apnews.com/a53c40cb7f9855c46a5eecee1319188eClick to copyRelated topicsBOSTON (AP) — It was a tempest in a teapot — or, more accurately, a whiskey tumbler.Presidential transitions are always at least a little tricky. Case in point: Researchers at the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum have found a cache of letters from Americans objecting to JFK’s embrace of cocktails at White House events.The letters shed new insight into President Dwight D. Eisenhower’s handoff to Kennedy early in 1961,...

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