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Principality of Liechtenstein Is Created (1719)
Occupying 62 square miles (160 sq km) between Switzerland and Austria, Liechtenstein was formed when the Austrian family of the same name purchased the lordships of Schellenberg and Vaduz in the Holy Roman Empire. It became fully independent in 1866. Today, the tiny mountainous country has no airport, no military, and very little crime. It is best known for its financial industry but is also a leading producer of sausage casings and false teeth. What is Liechtenstein's population? Discuss

Swiss Guard Arrives at the Vatican (1506)
Though various units of Swiss Guards have existed throughout history, the most famous unit—and the only one remaining—is responsible for the safety of the Pope. Known for their colorful uniforms, the guards must be single, Swiss, and Catholic and must have completed Swiss military training. The first 150 Swiss mercenaries were invited to the Vatican during the reign of Pope Julius II. In 1527, 147 of the Swiss Guards were killed while helping the Pope escape from whom?

Battle of Khe Sanh Begins (1968)
Located near the demilitarized zone that marked the border between North and South Vietnam, Khe Sanh was the site of a protracted battle during the Vietnam War. It involved months of near-constant artillery attacks on the local US Marine base, matched by a bombing barrage of surrounding areas by US planes. The US forces retained the base but gained no advantage, and both sides suffered heavy casualties. Why do some historians believe the North Vietnamese never intended to capture the base?

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GE's 'black box' mystery is freaking Wall Street out
Wall Street is nervous that another shoe is about to drop at General Electric.

Washing machines are going to get more expensive
President Trump is adding a tax on foreign-made washing machines that will likely make all washers more expensive in the United States.

Google launches audiobooks -- with no monthly subscription fee
Google is coming for Audible.

Snow, ice and Trump: What Davos is talking about
There are two really hot topics this year in Davos: The brutal weather and President Trump.

Howard Kurtz's new book on Trump White House offers scathing critique of the media
The media's negative coverage of President Trump is actually helping the White House, Fox News anchor Howard Kurtz argues in his new book, "Media Madness: Donald Trump, the Press, and the War over the Truth."


Uruguay eliminates Italy; Did Suarez bite again?
Uruguay is moving on. Italy is out of the World Cup after a 1-0 loss. Meanwhile, Luis Suarez apparently bit an opponent again.

Report: Heat forward LeBron James to opt out of deal, become free agent
Get ready for the Decision, Part II. LeBron James is opting out of his contract with the Heat, and will become a free agent.

NBA Mock Draft: Another change at the top
Just when you thought the NBA draft pecking order was starting to get predictable, Joel Embiid shakes it up.

Mexico beats Cameroon, advances to knockout round
After a tough 2013, Mexico completed its magical turnaround by taking down Croatia 3-1 and advancing out of Group A.

World Cup analysis: Costa Rica-England

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Qatar Airways' luxurious new 'Qsuite' seats now flying from the USA
New suite seats are the latest offering in a constant game of one-upmanship among the world’s premier airlines.      

World’s best hotels: TripAdvisor’s 2018 award winners
TripAdvisor has announced the winners of its 2018 Travelers' Choice awards for hotels.      

The brands and hotel rooms of Marriott International, by the numbers
How big is Marriott International? Here's how.      

Beer museums around the world
Indulge your love for beer indoors this winter at cool beer museums from Milwaukee and Hawaii to Belgium and Japan.      

Who you gonna call (in VR)? Ghostbusters!
Madame Tussauds in New York lets you bust some ghosts in a virtual haunted Manhattan.      

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Thanks to 'Get Out,' Jordan Peele is in a league of his own
Those worried that Jordan Peele's "Get Out" wouldn't get love from the Oscars can breathe a collective sigh of relief.

Why Greta Gerwig's best director nomination is a huge deal
Greta Gerwig has made Academy Awards history.

Oscars spread the wealth, offering something for everyone
The Academy Award nominations offered something for everyone, and -- in the context of the #OscarsSoWhite campaign and the often-stodgy organization's recognition of fresh talent and voices -- were at least as important for who was recognized behind the scenes as on screen.

See the full list of 2018 Oscar nominees
Nominations for the 90th Academy Awards were announced Tuesday.

Gallery: All the best picture nominees
See which films received the biggest nods for Hollywood's biggest night.