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WATCH: A contestant on 'Jeopardy' decides to go down in style

LOS ANGELES, June 27 (UPI) --Ari Voukydis went out with style Thursday when, in the face of defeat, he gave the most comical answer of the night to a question in the game show "Jeopardy".
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Construction worker killed when WW2 bomb detonates in Germany

EUSKIRCHEN, Germany, Jan. 3 (UPI) -- A construction worker was killed Friday in the German city of Euskirchen in an explosion believed to be from a World War II bomb, police said.

Head of chemical weapons watchog accepts Nobel Peace Prize

OSLO, Norway, Dec. 10 (UPI) -- Six remaining countries should sign the Chemical Weapons Convention, the head of an international watchdog said Tuesday as he accepted the Nobel Peace Prize.

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STOCKHOLM, Sweden, Oct. 14 (UPI) -- List of winners of the Sveriges Riksbank Prize in Economic Sciences in Memory of Alfred Nobel:
Nobel Peace Prize will give chemical weapons watchdog morale boost

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OSLO, Norway, Oct. 11 (UPI) -- The head of the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons says winning the Nobel Peace Prize will "boost morale" among staff members.

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HERNDON, Va., June 25 (UPI) -- Bill Cosby’s claim Muslims are “intentionally misunderstood” misses the point.
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America's historical amnesia

WASHINGTON, April 24 (UPI) -- Understanding of history might make dealing with the dangers of today and the uncertainties of tomorrow a little easier. Historical amnesia is not the answer.
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Nobel Peace Prize nominations set record

OSLO, Norway, March 5 (UPI) -- The Norwegian Nobel Committee said it received 259 nominations for this year's Nobel Peace Prize, eclipsing last year's 241 nominations.

Nobel laureates descend on Stockholm, Oslo

OSLO, Norway, Dec. 10 (UPI) -- Nobel organizers breached seating protocol at the gala banquet in Sweden to allow the Chinese-speaking literature laureate, Mo Yan, to sit next to his wife.

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European Union wins Nobel Peace Prize

OSLO, Norway, Oct. 12 (UPI) -- The European Union was awarded the 2012 Nobel Peace Prize for its work in promoting peace and democracy, the Norwegian Nobel Committee said Friday.
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Alfred Bernhard Nobel ( pronunciation (help·info)) (21 October 1833 – 10 December 1896) was a Swedish chemist, engineer, innovator, and armaments manufacturer. He is the the inventor of dynamite. Nobel also owned Bofors, which he had redirected from its previous role as primarily an iron and steel producer to a major manufacturer of cannon and other armaments. Nobel held 355 different patents, dynamite being the most famous. In his last will, he used his enormous fortune to institute the Nobel Prizes. The synthetic element nobelium was named after him.

Alfred Nobel was the third son of Immanuel Nobel (1801–1872) and Andriette Ahlsell Nobel (1805–1889). Born in Stockholm on 21 October 1833, he went with his family to Saint Petersburg in 1842, where his father (who had invented modern plywood) started a "torpedo" works. Alfred studied chemistry with Professor Nikolay Nikolaevich Zinin. When Alfred was 18, he went to the United States to study chemistry for four years and worked for a short period under John Ericsson. In 1859, the factory was left to the care of the second son, Ludvig Nobel (1831–1888), who greatly improved the business. Alfred, returning to Sweden with his father after the bankruptcy of their family business, devoted himself to the study of explosives, and especially to the safe manufacture and use of nitroglycerine (discovered in 1847 by Ascanio Sobrero, one of his fellow students under Théophile-Jules Pelouze at the University of Torino). A big explosion occurred on the 3 September 1864 at their factory in Heleneborg in Stockholm, killing five people, among them Alfred's younger brother Emil.

Though Nobel remained unmarried, his biographers note that he had at least three loves. Nobel's first love was in Russia with a girl named Alexandra, who rejected his proposal. In 1876 Bertha Kinsky became Alfred Nobel's secretary. But after only a brief stay she left him to marry her previous lover, Baron Arthur Gundaccar von Suttner. Though her personal contact with Alfred Nobel had been brief, she corresponded with him until his death in 1896, and it is believed that she was a major influence in his decision to include a peace prize among those prizes provided in his will. Bertha von Suttner was awarded the 1905 Nobel Peace prize, 'for her sincere peace activities'.

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