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Photos: 35th anniversary of Elvis’ death

Thousands of Elvis fans converged on Graceland in Memphis, Tenn., today to mark the 35th anniversary of Elvis Presley’s death. On the eve of the anniversary last night, visitors got a surprise welcome from the king’s daughter and former wife, the first time Priscilla and Lisa Marie Presley have appeared together at the annual gathering.

Photos: Fleet Week in NYC

Naval vessels ranging from a U.S. amphibious assault ship to a Finnish minelayer are participating in New York City’s Fleet Week. The organization Operation Sail says around 20 tall ships from around the world are also in the city.

Photos: Swallows won’t return to Capistrano

Mission San Juan Capistrano’s tourists wander through the courtyard — ablaze with flowers in full bloom — and wonder where the iconic swallows are. The swallows that were known to return to the mission every March have not returned in recent years. To lure back the cliff swallow, which put San Juan Capistrano on the map, the […]

Photos: How Discovery was moved to Smithsonian

Space shuttle Discovery began its new life as a museum relic Tuesday with one final takeoff. Discovery departed Florida’s Kennedy Space Center at daybreak aboard a modified jumbo jet bound for Washington, where it will become a Smithsonian exhibit. Loading the shuttle onto the top of the jumbo jet took some ingenuity, but it was […]

Photos: Titanic, the news story

On the night of April 15, 1912, no one at the sleepy New York Times newsroom and, across the street, at the Associated Press knew the “story of the century” was breaking. Roughly 1,000 miles away, the “unsinkable” Titanic was sinking, along with its “who’s who” passenger list — news that would change so many things, including news coverage […]

Photos: Passover 2012 begins

Passover is a Jewish holiday and festival commemorating the story of the Exodus, in which the ancient Israelites were freed from slavery in Egypt. Passover begins on the 15th day of the month of Nisan in the Jewish calendar, which is in spring in the Northern Hemisphere, and is celebrated for seven or eight days. […]

Photos: Easter 2012 arriving

Easter is a Christian feast and holiday celebrating the resurrection of Jesus Christ on the third day after his crucifixion at Calvary as described in the New Testament. Easter is preceded by Lent, a 40-day period of fasting, prayer and penance. The last week of Lent is called Holy Week, and it contains Spy Wednesday, […]

Photos: Holy (Maundy) Thursday observed

Holy Thursday is also known as Maundy Thursday, Covenant Thursday, Great and Holy Thursday, Sheer Thursday and Thursday of Mysteries. It is the Thursday before Easter that commemorates the Last Supper of Jesus Christ with the Apostles as described in the Canonical gospels, according to Wikipedia. It is the fifth day of Holy Week, and is preceded by […]

Photos: Egyptian artists re-create scenes around square

After Egypt’s ruling military sealed off streets around Cairo’s Tahrir Square with walls of imposing concrete blocks, a group of artists decided to reopen the avenues on their own. On one of the walls, they painted an exact trompe-l’oeil reproduction of the street behind it, as if it were open. The perspective painting matches up […]

Photos: ‘Titanic’ director James Cameron to explore the deep sea

“Titanic” director James Cameron and others hope to dive in tiny submarines to the deepest part of the ocean, which has not been visited by people in more than 50 years. It is the Mariana Trench in the South Pacific. It is almost 7 miles at its deepest point. It is so deep there that […]

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