My Grandmother Was Italian. Why Aren't My Genes Italian?

Maybe you got one of those find-your-ancestry kits over the holidays. You've sent off your awkwardly-collected saliva sample and now you're awaiting your results. If your experience is anything like that of me and my mom, you may find surprises — not the dramatic "switched at birth," but results that are really different than you expected. My mom, Carmen Grayson, taught history for 45 years, high school and college, retiring from Hampton University in the late '90s. But retired history...

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Memphis, TN – Memphis Moments provided by the Pink Palace Family of Museums.

Memphis, TN – Memphis Moments provided by the Pink Palace Family of Museums

Memphis, TN – Memphis Moments provided by the Pink Palace Family of Museums

Memphis, TN – Memphis Moments by the Pink Palace Family of Museums

Memphis, TN – Memphis Moments by the Pink Palace Family of Museums.

Memphis, TN – Memphis Moments provided by the Pink Palace Family of Museums

Memphis, TN – Memphis Moments provided by the Pink Palace Family of Museums

Memphis, TN – The University of Memphis, formerly Memphis State University, is honoring the Memphis State Eight this week for breaking the color barrier in 1959.

Memphis, TN – Beverly Guest Kirkwood interviews her sister-in-law Lillian Lajuana Walker on becoming a writer.

Memphis, TN – Linda Knox reminisces with her daughter Marisa Knox about singing to her as a child and then in turn continuing the family tradition by singing and playing games with her grandson.

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Vice President Pence says the United States will open an embassy in Jerusalem by the end of 2019 — much more quickly than initially promised.

Pence announced the new timetable in a speech before the Knesset, Israel's parliament, drawing a standing ovation from Israeli lawmakers and accelerating one of the Trump administration's most contentious foreign policy decisions to date.

Having earned a spot Sunday on the U.S. Ski Team, Gus Kenworthy is the second openly gay man who will compete for the United States at the Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea.

Kenworthy, 26, placed second at the final Olympic qualifier for freeski slopestyle, according to NBC.

Facebook is doing some soul-searching.

In a new commentary, the social media giant acknowledges the possibility that social media can have negative ramifications for democracy. This comes after repeated criticism that it didn't do enough to prevent the spread of fake news that had the potential to impact the 2016 U.S. presidential election.

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New ‘Court Kiosks’ Will Help Guide Tennesseans Without Lawyers Through The Legal System

Some courthouses in Tennessee will soon have a special laptop computer and printer in their lobbies, called “court kiosks.” They're designed to help those who can’t afford — or choose not to hire — a lawyer, and are representing themselves in civil cases.

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Slideshow: March On The Polls/Rally For Reproductive Justice 2018

One year after the Women's March drew thousands to the streets nationwide, demonstrators again made the journey to the Arkansas State Capitol to let their voices be heard. Though this year's March On, Arkansas! March to the Polls and ensuing Rally for Reproductive Justice had numerous callbacks to the previous march (including many signature pink hats), there was a marked shift in tone; with legislators, candidates and community organizers urging the public to channel their dissatisfaction...

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