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Edward Curtis photo books set to go up for auction

The earliest volume of 20th-century photographer Edward Curtis, ‘The North American Indian’, is set to go up for auction at Swann Galleries in New York. The set, which is expected to earn 1- 1.5 million dollars, contains photographs depicting the lives of Native Americans from the continental US and Alaska at the turn of the 20th century.

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These Brooklynites Went To Fight ISIS In Syria. Now, They’re Back. (HBO)

Christopher is a former bike racer, photographer who’s now a metalworker. Chris, his roommate in Brooklyn, New York, is a theatre director.

But a year ago they took a break from their jobs and went to Syria, to fight the Islamic State.

Despite the thousands of ISIS fighters that foreign recruits, official American involvement in Raqqa was limited to airstrikes and small teams of elite special forces troops. But the YPG, a socialist Kurdish militia that dominated the SDF coalition, also drew hundreds of foreign, less experienced fighters. The two Brooklynites, Christopher and Chris, met while fighting for the YPG and were there on the day Raqqa officially changed hands.

Before traveling to Syria, Christopher spent most of his time with bikes, racing and fixing them, while Chris dedicated himself to Shakespearean theatre. Like many foreign fighters, Chris decided to hide his involvement in the Syrian war, avoiding social media, and only telling close friends and family where he was.Christopher, on the other hand, built a small Instagram following where he posted updates from the battle in Raqqa and propagandized in support of Kurdish revolutionaries.

VICE News Tonight met Christopher and Chris, in New York, to ask what compelled them to fight for the Kurdish cause.

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Today in History for October 18th

(18 Oct 2018) Highlights of this day in history: Inventor Thomas Edison dies; Three scientists share Nobel prize for DNA work; Anthrax scare hits CBS in New York; Two U.S. athletes suspended for Mexico City Olympics protest; Rock star Chuck Berry born. (Oct. 18)

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Edward Curtis photo books set to go up for auction

The earliest volume of 20th-century photographer Edward Curtis, ‘The North American Indian’, is set to go up for auction at Swann Galleries in New York. The set, which is expected to earn 1- 1.5 million dollars, contains photographs depicting the lives of Native Americans from the continental US and Alaska at the turn of the 20th century.

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World’s longest flight departs Singapore for New York

The world’s longest commercial flight takes off from Singapore, with excited and apprehensive passengers on board settling in for a marathon 19 hours in the air to New York.

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NY judge dismisses one sexual assault charge against Weinstein

A New York judge on Thursday threw out one of six sexual assault allegations against disgraced Hollywood tycoon Harvey Weinstein, a victory for a defense now clamoring for the entire case to be dismissed.

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Lawyer for Lucia Evans says her client was put through ‘torture’

“The DA threw away Lucia’s claims, but this says nothing about Weinstein’s innocence, nor does it reflect on Lucia’s consistent allegation that she was sexually assaulted with force by Harvey Weinstein” says the lawyer representing Lucia Evans. She was speaking after a judge in New York dismissed a charge against Harvey Weinstein that related to her client. SOUNDBITE

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Lawyer: Weinstein ‘pleased’ after one charged dismissed

“He is obviously relieved and to some degree pleased” says Harvey Weinstein’s lawyer Benjamin Brafman after a judge in New York dismisses one charge against Weinstein. SOUNDBITE

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Limo operator charged in crash that killed 20

(11 Oct 2018) A limousine service operator was charged Wednesday with criminally negligent homicide in a crash that killed 20 people in New York state. Nauman Hussain, 28, showed little emotion as he was arraigned Wednesday evening in an Albany-area court. (Oct. 11)

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Lawyer says limo operator arrested is innocent

(10 Oct 2018) The lawyer for a limo service operator arrested in a crash that killed 20 people says police “jumped the gun in charging him with any crime.” Nauman Hussain was charged with criminally negligent homicide in Saturday’s crash in upstate New York. (Oct.10)

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