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Added November 19, 2009 with 10 photos
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National Geographic Museum's exhibition "Terra Cotta Warriors: Guardians of China's First Emperor" opened this month in Washington, D.C.

The ancient sculptures are to be on display from Nov. 19 through March 31.

Washington is the show's final stop on a four-city U.S. tour.

"The exhibition offers an in-depth look at China's First Emperor's enormous tomb complex, considered one of the greatest archaeological discoveries of the 20th century," the National Geographic Museum said in a news release. "The tomb contained thousands of terra cotta warriors intended to protect the emperor in the afterlife. The exhibition showcases 100 sets of objects, including 15 terra cotta figures representing soldiers, archers, servants, musicians and animals. This is the greatest number of warriors ever to travel to the United States for a single exhibition."

More than 70,000 advance tickets have been sold for the museum's first-ever ticketed exhibition, the institution said.

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JERUSALEM, Nov. 18 (UPI) -- Israeli leaders approved a 900-unit expansion of settlements in East Jerusalem, drawing a sharp rebuke from their U.S. counterparts.

An aide to Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu Tuesday told Haaretz the expansion represented "a routine process" and added that the section involved, known as Gilo, was "an integral part of Jerusalem."

The Obama administration has joined Palestinians in calling for a halt to additional Jewish settlements in disputed areas, requests the Israeli leadership has ignored.

In response to Tuesday's announcement, the White House said such actions would make the resumption of peace talks between Israel and the Palestinians "more difficult."

U.S. President Barack Obama, asked about the settlements during an interview with Fox News, said the settlement expansion doesn't make Israel any safer and may cause feelings among Palestinians that could be dangerous.

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"Oasis of the Seas" is currently the largest and most innovative vessel to serve the cruise and travel industry. At 1,187 feet, or nearly four football fields long, "Oasis" is the longest cruise ship to serve the Caribbean. Royal Caribbean International is planning her inaugural cruise to take place on Dec 5.

Added November 13, 2009 with 10 photos

Richard and Mayumi Heene, the parents of the so-called Balloon Boy, pleaded guilty Friday in a Larimer County, Colo., court, attorneys said.

Attorneys for the couple said Richard Heene pleaded guilty to a felony charge of attempting to influence a public servant as part of a deal with prosecutors that could result in him serving as much as 90 days in jail plus probation, CNN reported.

The prosecution deal could also result in Mayumi Heene, who pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor count of false reporting to authorities, serving probation and as much as 60 days in jail.

The charges against the Fort Collins couple arose from the infamous Oct. 15 incident in which the couple's 6-year-old son Falcon was feared to be trapped in a large, runaway helium balloon that drifted 50 miles across three counties while millions of people watched the news coverage on television.

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