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'Wild Bill' Hickok's pistol fails to sell at San Francisco auction

By Laila Kearney SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - The revolver carried by Old West lawman James "Wild Bill" Hickok on the day he was shot down at a Deadwood saloon failed to sell at an auction in San Francisco on Monday, with bidders failing to meet the steep reserve set by the gun's owners.

Tombstone thieves be warned: SAfrica introduces microchip to foil nighttime graveyard raids

JOHANNESBURG - Amid a rash of tombstone thefts from cemeteries in Johannesburg, a company will be offering relatives of the deceased a high-tech solution: microchips that can be inserted into the memorial that will sound an alarm and send a text message to their cellphones if it is disturbed.

Texas cemetery worker crushed to death by tombstone

AUSTIN, Texas (Reuters) - A south Texas cemetery worker was killed when a tombstone weighing more than a ton fell on him when he was trying to level the tilted slab, police said on Thursday. The 64-year-old man was using a jack and a wooden plank to adjust a 5-foot-high (150-cm) stone that weighed between 2,000 to 4,000 pounds (900 to 1,800 kgs) at the cemetery in Edinburg, Oscar Trevino, a local police lieutenant, told Reuters.

Archeologists find booty from pirate Blackbeard's ship

Five large cannons from a sunken ship captained by the legendary pirate Blackbeard have been recovered by US archeologists, authorities said Wednesday. The cannons were raised from the wreck of the Queen Anne's Revenge, sunk off the coast of North Carolina, on Monday, state officials said. The cannons, four of which weighed between 900 and 1,360 kilos (2000 to 3000 pounds), were excavated by a team attached to the North Carolina Department of Cultural Resources. Project Director Billy Ray Morris said the largest of the cannons was believed to have been made in Sweden.

Lifetime Working on Lizzie Borden Movie Starring Christina Ricci

By Jethro Nededog LOS ANGELES ( - After delving into movies dedicated to bad girls such as Jodi Arias and Casey Anthony, Lifetime is going historical with the concept with a movie about Lizzie Borden. Lifetime is tackling a project about Borden, who was tried but ultimately acquitted of killing her father and stepmother with an ax in the late 1800s. Christina Ricci will play the role of Borden.

Police nab three gunmen involved in bloody gunfight

Police were on Saturday still interrogating three men who were held after a businessman and one of his employees were shot and killed during a brazen-mid morning gunfight on Friday that also left one of their associates dead.Police have identified the businessman as 48-year-old Adolf Campbell, a Jamaica Public Service (JPS) contractor, and his employee Michael Francis. The dead gunman has not yet been identified.

Thousands celebrate at Australia's gay Mardi Gras

Drag queens and scantily-dressed dancers joined with politicians and military personnel for Sydney's colourful gay and lesbian Mardi Gras, and to call for acceptance and equality. Gloomy weather failed to dampen the celebration Saturday night, which exploded in a profusion of lights, dancing and music for its 35th anniversary event along Oxford Street, the hub of Sydney's gay and lesbian nightlife.

Commander's 'Victory or Death' letter finally to return to the Alamo

By Jim Forsyth AUSTIN, Tex. Feb 8 (Reuters) - An 1836 letter penned by the commander of the small force of Texans defending the Alamo, a pivotal battle in the Texas Revolution that led to its break from Mexico, will be displayed for the first time at the San Antonio mission. With its dramatic ending - "Victory or Death!" - the letter by William Travis, written on both sides of a single sheet of paper, is considered one of the defining documents of 19th century American history.

Travel Picks: Top 10 things to bring to Mardi Gras

BOSTON, Feb 1 (Reuters) - The biggest party of the year is about to start! Whether you call it Carnival, Mardi Gras, Fat Tuesday or anything else, the celebration of celebrations happens around the world in the days and weeks leading up to Ash Wednesday and the somber period of Lent.
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