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After the 1917 revolution, Russia's new rulers debated what to do with the crown jewels. This 1925 photo shows the collection. However, a 1922 album at the U.S. Geological Survey includes photos of four items that are not described in the official 1925 inventory. www.usgs.gov hide caption

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The Mysterious Disappearance Of The Russian Crown Jewels

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Conservatives Invoke NAACP Case In Fight For Secret Donors

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Street signs in the city of Lahore, Pakistan, are rare. The few that exist are in disrepair, like the one above. Two entrepreneurs are looking to change that and improve navigation in the city. Dina Temple-Raston hide caption

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Street Signs Intended To Give Pakistani City New Direction

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All The Umbrellas In London Magnetic Fields

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Songs That Rocked 2012: Alt.Latino's Listener Picks

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