Instant Index: Panda Pregnancy Watch At the National Zoo

By Jennifer Abbey

Jul 31, 2013 9:19pm

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Panda Watch at the National Zoo
There is a panda watch under way at the National Zoo in Washington, D.C. Scientists say the female giant panda may be pregnant. She has been building a nest, is sensitive to noise and her hormone levels are high — there’s no word yet on whether she’s craving ice cream. The zoo has closed part of the panda exhibit so she can have some privacy.


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 (Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

Rare Marilyn Monroe Photos to Be Auctioned
New photos of Marilyn Monroe charming U.S. troops in Korea during the war are set to be auctioned next month. One soldier even captured the moment when Monroe, then 28, touched down in a helicopter. All of the photos create a glamorous time capsule.

 Rare Michael Jackson-Freddy Mercury Duets Set for Release
Back in the 1980s, two music legends, Michael Jackson and Queen frontman Freddy Mercury, met at Jackson’s home for a secret recording session. Jackson was riding high after his album “Thriller.” Their duets were never released but now Queen guitarist Brian May has dusted them off. He’s getting ready to release the duets this fall.

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