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he four sets of human remains excavated from the chancel of a church on the site of Fort James at Jamestown, Va., are thought to be some of European America's earliest leaders, including, the Rev. Robert Hunt, thought to be the first Anglican minister in the Americas; Capt. Gabriel Archer, the early expeditionary leader; Sir Ferdinando Wainman, the cousin of Sir West, the Virginian governor; and Capt. William West, the governor?€™s uncle. [James Di Loreto  |  Smithsonian Institution via The New York Times]

Jamestown excavation unearths four bodies — and a mystery in a small box

JAMESTOWN, Va. — When his friends buried Capt. Gabriel Archer here about 1609, they dug his grave inside a church, lowered his coffin into the ground and placed a sealed silver box on the lid. This English outpost was then a desperate place. The "starving time," they called it. Dozens had died of hunger and disease …

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  1. Search for missing teen boaters hasn't been suspended, Coast Guard says

    Nation

    1:50 p.m. (EST):

    JUPITER, Fla. - Contrary to reports widely circulating on social media late Wednesday morning, Coast Guard officials said the search for two teens missing since Friday is continuing.

    Petty Officer 1st Class Mike Crosby, right, scans the surface of the Atlantic Ocean through his binoculars while in the cockpit of a Coast Guard HC-130J, while searching for Florida teens Perry Cohen and Austin Stephanos on Tuesday, July 28, 2015. The Coast Guard pressed ahead with a fifth day of searches for the boys while their families coordinated air searches of their own. [U.S. Coast Guard | AP]
  2. Then & Now: Medicare and Medicaid turn 50

    Nation

    WASHINGTON — When President Lyndon B. Johnson signed Medicare and Medicaid into law on July 30, 1965, Americans 65 and older were the age group least likely to have health insurance.

    President Lyndon Johnson signs the Medicare Bill into law while former President Harry S. Truman, right, observes during a ceremony at the Truman Library in Independence, Mo. At rear are Lady Bird Johnson, Vice President Hubert Humphrey, and former first lady Bess Truman. When Johnson signed Medicare and Medicaid into law Americans 65 and older were the age group least likely to have health insurance.  [AP FILES | 1965]
  3. Afghan officials prepare comment amid reports of Taliban leader death

    World

    KABUL, Afghanistan - Afghan officials said Wednesday they were examining unconfirmed reports that the leader of the Taliban has died, but there was no immediate comment from the militant group even as it prepares for another round of peace talks.

  4. Iran nuclear deal turns up lobbying heat on Congress

    World

    WASHINGTON — The Iran nuclear deal has supercharged congressional lobbying, with President Barack Obama securing the support of a prominent Jewish Democrat and pro-Israel groups pressuring lawmakers in an all-out, big-money drive.

    Secretary of State John Kerry testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, July 28, 2015, before the House Foreign Affairs Committee hearing on the Iran Nuclear Agreement. Kerry pitched the administration's controversial nuclear deal with Iran to a skeptical House Foreign Affairs Committee, saying it wouldn't ease crippling sanctions forever in exchange for temporary concessions on weapons development. [ANDREW HARNIK | Associated Press]
  5. A spaceship pilot's survival story

    Nation

    The Halloween morning test flight was the first time that Virgin Galactic's SpaceShipTwo would blast toward the heavens under the power of a new rocket motor.

    Investigators take a closer look at the wreckage of SpaceShipTwo Nov. 1after it exploded and crashed in Mojave, Calif. [Associated Press]