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The Battle of Nineveh (627 CE)
The Battle of Nineveh was fought between the Byzantine Empire and the Sassanid Dynasty, the last dynasty of native rulers to reign in Persia. Heraclius, the Byzantine emperor, was able to draw his Persian adversaries onto a favorable battlefield by feigning a retreat, thereby securing victory for his troops. The loss seriously damaged the Sassanids' power. Within decades, the weakened Sassanid dynasty would be toppled by the Arab Conquest. What fate did the Sassanid king suffer after Nineveh? Discuss

Last Manned Lunar Landing (1972)
With the Apollo program drawing to a close, the astronauts of Apollo 17 knew that it would be some time before anyone returned to the Moon. Hours after the mission's launch, the astronauts snapped the famous "Blue Marble" photograph of a fully illuminated Earth. Days later, they landed on the Moon. On their three moonwalks, they explored miles of the Taurus-Littrow region, collected rock samples, and set up equipment for remote data collection. Who was the last person to walk on the Moon?

The Brown Dog Affair: Rioting Peaks in London (1907)
In 1903, anti-vivisectionists enrolled as medical students at University College London and published an eyewitness account of a brown dog that had endured months of surgical experimentation while allegedly conscious. A professor named in the story sued for defamation and won. After the trial, anti-vivisectionists put up a statue of the dog as a monument in a park, but mobs of angry medical students rioted and tried to destroy it. In 1910, it was taken down by authorities. When was it replaced?

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NFL Network, ESPN suspend Marshall Faulk, other stars after sexual harassment lawsuit
Accusations of sexual harassment have already rocked politics, entertainment and media. Now a raft of sports stars have been hit with similar allegations.

Carl Icahn declares war on Xerox
Carl Icahn is declaring war against Xerox.

Fed expected to lift rates as Yellen delivers final press conference
There will likely be one more rate hike from the Federal Reserve in 2017 before chairwoman Janet Yellen steps down.

Why most sexual harassment training videos don't work
Many of us have been forced to watch sexual harassment training videos by our employer. We often poke fun at the over-acted scenarios, or the unrealistic "right answers."

Don't expect a big pay raise in 2018
Don't get your hopes up for a big salary boost next year.

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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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A ski vacation rental for every budget
TripAdvisor has found a budget-friendly option and an over-the-top splurge option in eight ski destinations across the country.      

Spectacular national park photos from the U.S. Department of the Interior
The U.S. Department of the Interior chose their favorite national park Instagram photos to share.      

Sweet ways to celebrate Hanukkah
Celebrate eight crazy nights with edible specials from Sufganiyot to challah, cookies and cocktails at restaurants and bakeries across America.      

Vacation packages vs. a la carte: Comparing itineraries for savings
It takes some digging to see if the savings are real, but usually packages do cost less than booking airfare and hotel separately.      

Honeymoon guide: Best resorts in Punta Cana, D.R.
Here’s a look at a handful of resorts that can really deliver on their promise of a romantic holiday, each in its own unique way.      

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Morrissey denies supporting Spacey, Weinstein
Singer Morrissey took to Facebook on Monday in an apparent attempt to set the record straight after he was criticized over reports that said he defended that actions of Hollywood men accused of sexual assault and harassment.

'Star Wars: The Last Jedi' falls short of sky-high hopes
If expectations for "Star Wars: The Last Jedi" were inordinately (and perhaps unfairly) high, thank "The Force Awakens," which had a huge donut hole in the shape of Luke Skywalker at its center. Yet even with Luke integrated into the story, the film feels like a significant letdown, one that does far less than its predecessor to stoke enthusiasm for the next leg in the trilogy.

Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson and girlfriend are having a girl
Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson's life is about to get a lot more pink.

'Star Wars: The Last Jedi' tickets have outsold any other movie on Fandango this year

Lin-Manuel Miranda celebrated Twitter milestone 'Hamilton' style
When Lin-Manuel Miranda hit two million Twitter followers on Monday, he decided to celebrate in a very "Hamilton" way.