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Santa Claus, St. Nick, Father Christmas all come bearing gifts

No matter what you call him, that jolly old elf is known around the world.

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Questions you never knew you wanted answered

#LetMeLibrarianThatForYou: Before Google, there was the library.

In this Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2014, photo, a McDonald's Big Mac sandwich is photographed at a McDonald's restaurant in Robinson Township, Pa. McDonald's saw a key sales figure drop in the U.S. again in February 2014, as the world's biggest hamburger chain struggles to beat back competition and adapt to changing eating habits.

Study: Fast food impacts school performance

Eating fast food may lead to lower test scores in math, science, and reading.

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Stockings: Christmas tradition that’s hanging around

The history of the Christmas stocking dates back to the original St. Nicholas.

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Mistletoe: Poisonous plant becomes Christmas tradition

It's a strange custom dating back centuries.

A box from Amazon.com is pictured on the porch of a house in Golden, Colorado on July 28, 2008.

Forget 2-day shipping, Amazon launches 1-hour delivery

You won't get your deliveries in a New York minute, but you might be able to get them in a Manhattan hour.

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American Kennel Club adds 4 new dog breeds

The AKC now recognizes 184 breeds of dogs.

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Waiting for Christmas

For children, waiting for Christmas is filled with wonder and fun.

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We’re living 6 years longer

Fewer people are dying from cancer and heart disease in rich countries and there's a better survival rate in poor countries from tuberculosis and malaria.

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Christmastime comes with superstitions, tall tales

Christmas has long been a time ripe for superstitions, tall tales and odd beliefs.

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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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‘The Gambler’ remake turns toward redemption

Mark Wahlberg appears in a scene from "The Gambler."

A different Mark Wahlberg is on view from the scrappy, uninhibited characters he has traditionally played.

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‘Into the Woods’ goes darkly beyond happy ever after

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Wishes are granted, dreams come true, and Cinderella is rescued by her prince, but it is not all happily ever after.

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Today in entertainment history: Dec. 25

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A look back at some of the most memorable Hollywood headlines.

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NORAD Santa Tracker

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There are plenty of high-tech ways to track Santa's flight around the world.

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‘TIS THE SEASON: Holiday specials, bowl games to watch

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Here's a look at Christmas classics, holiday favorites, and sports specials airing this week.