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Christmas in Colonial America wasn’t always festive

Little is known about how Christmas was celebrated in Colonial times.

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‘Culture’ gets nod as word of the year

Whether popular, corporate, or entitled, "culture" was named word of the year by Merriam-Webster.

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Traditional Christmas foods include more than fruit cake

Holidays are a time for feasting and Christmas is no different.

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Babies born on Saturday have special birthdays

Saturday's Dec. 13, 2014, represented the last sequential calendar date for at least 20 years.

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Turns out all dogs don’t go to Heaven

It's a heartwarming story for legions of animal lovers around the world, but it turns out it's not true.

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Christmas: A 12-day holiday

The real reason behind the popular Christmas carol.

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A selfie on your shoes? Personalized gifts for Millennials

Brands like Coke and Nike have latched on to personalized products that have particular appeal to the next generation of consumers.

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History of Christmas lights: From candles to LEDs

You can credit the modern Christmas tree lights to Thomas Edison and his business partner.

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Scientists create ‘feel fuller’ food ingredient

Scientists have developed an ingredient that makes foods more filling, in an effort to prevent people from gaining more weight.

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Dr. Phil launches on-demand video therapy service

Doctor On Demand hopes people will turn to mobile devices for confidential counseling.

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Christmas cards are big business

The holidays are the busiest card-buying time of the year.

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Ebola fighters, survivors named ‘person of the year’

The medical relief teams working in western Africa are the 2014 honorees.

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McDonald’s to debut slimmed-down menu next month

McDonald's will cut eight foods and reduce the number of Extra Value Meals on its menus in a bid to speed up service and bolster sales.

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Pirate Bay file sharing site taken down after police raid

The Swedish file-sharing website was taken down after police seized servers and computers.

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Nearly half of Americans think flu shot can make you sick

A new study shows people still believe the myth that flu vaccines can give you the flu.

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We’re scooping up hot holiday deals for ourselves

Retailers say "self-gifting" is the latest trend in holiday shopping.

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Mobile apps still collect information on kids

Online stores are still flooded with cute and silly software programs that quietly collect data on the youngest consumers.

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E-cigarette tech takes off as regulation looms

Federal officials say the race to innovate could make creating standards for the devices more difficult.

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‘Charlie Brown’ Christmas tree gets lone red bulb

A scraggly tree was adorned with a single red bulb, in a ceremony reminiscent of the animated holiday classic.

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Holiday shopping discounts deepen, last longer

Retailers started discounting early this holiday season, but that hasn’t stopped them from stepping up the offers now.

Hottie of the Day

Dec. 17, 2014