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Christmas Tree Farmers Invest Long-Term In The Holiday Spirit

Wed, 2014-12-24 23:29

Americans buy 25 million Christmas trees every year. They're slow-growing crops, but the trees can be a smart investment for small farmers like the Carroll family in Louisa, Va.

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The French Go Crazy For 'An American In Paris'

Wed, 2014-12-24 23:28

The first-ever stage production of the 1951 Hollywood film starring Gene Kelly and Leslie Caron, with a Gershwin score, is getting rave reviews during its premiere in the city that inspired it.

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Inside The Indiana Megadairy Making Coca-Cola's New Milk

Wed, 2014-12-24 23:27

Coca-Cola got a lot of attention in November when it announced it was going into the milk business. In fact, its extra-nutritious milk product was invented by some dairy farmers in Indiana.

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Pope Francis And His Gift For Blending The Spiritual And The Political

Wed, 2014-12-24 23:26

Despite detractors within the church, Pope Francis' emphasis on humility and mercy has won him strong support worldwide. He has addressed thorny issues such as Vatican finances and clerical sex abuse.

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Pittsburgh Tries To Attract Enterprising Immigrants And Refugees

Wed, 2014-12-24 23:26

Pittsburgh is the latest Rust Belt city hoping to lure high-skilled immigrants into its labor force by helping refugees and other immigrants land the kind of jobs they held back home.

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A Century Ago, When The Guns Fell Silent On Christmas

Wed, 2014-12-24 23:25

World War I had just begun and the battles were blazing in the winter of 1914. But on Christmas Eve, something strange and unexpected happened. The soldiers in the trenches decided to call a truce.

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A Punch Line In The U.S., Christmas Fruitcake Is Big In Calcutta

Wed, 2014-12-24 23:24

Seen as indestructible in the West, fruitcakes are indispensable in the bustling Hindu city. Bakers of all faiths have the ovens running round the clock to feed Calcutta's appetite for the cakes.

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Pope Celebrates Christmas Eve Mass, Calls Iraqi Refugees

Wed, 2014-12-24 21:51

Pope Francis celebrated Christmas Eve with a late-night Mass Wednesday in St. Peter's Basilica and a phone call to some Iraqi refugees forced to flee their homes by Muslim militants.

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Obama Hits The Links With Malaysia's Prime Minister

Wed, 2014-12-24 21:42

What do two world leaders do when they find themselves on the same Hawaiian island on Christmas Eve? If you're President Obama and Malaysian Prime Minister Razak, you meet on the golf course.

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Mishandling Of Ebola Sample May Have Exposed CDC Technician To Virus

Wed, 2014-12-24 13:43

The worker will be monitored for symptoms. Officials are investigating the incident, in which the virus was moved from a high-security lab to a low-security lab at the CDC's headquarters in Atlanta.

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When Home And Health Are Just Out Of Reach

Wed, 2014-12-24 12:25

Health insurance doesn't pay for housing, but sometimes that is what a patient needs most. A Medicaid experiment helps some elderly and disabled people move out of institutions into their own homes.

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Japanese Artist Indicted For 'Vagina Kayak'

Wed, 2014-12-24 12:13

Provocative artist Megumi Igarashi has been arrested twice in Japan this year for distributing data that lets people make a 3-D printed kayak that incorporates a model of her genitals.

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A Blizzard Of Cash: Christmas Comes Early To Hong Kong

Wed, 2014-12-24 12:11

Drivers and pedestrians leapt into busy Hong Kong traffic to scoop up millions of dollars of bills spilled by a security van. Much of it has not been returned.

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Would You Like Health Insurance With Those Stocking Stuffers?

Wed, 2014-12-24 09:35

While shoppers rush to the mall to pick up the last neckties and Transformers for Christmas, health officials are trying to pitch them on an unconventional gift this holiday season: health insurance.

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U.S. Strikes Have Killed 1,100 ISIS Fighters and Cost $1 Billion

Wed, 2014-12-24 09:27

Spending exceeds $8 million per day. Operation Inherent Resolve, as the U.S.-led operation against the Islamic State is known, is getting its own inspector general to oversee government costs.

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China's Fierce Anti-Corruption Crackdown: An Insider's View

Wed, 2014-12-24 08:51

China's president has pushed hard to combat corruption. But he's meeting resistance from some bureaucrats who say their incomes have fallen because bribes are less common.

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Sony To Stream 'The Interview' On YouTube, Other Sites Starting Today

Wed, 2014-12-24 08:09

The studio said the comedy will also be available to rent on Google Play Microsoft's Xbox Video and a dedicated website at a price of $5.99. It's also being shown in more than 200 theaters.

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Son's Death 'Doesn't Make Any Sense,' Say Antonio Martin's Parents

Wed, 2014-12-24 08:08

Toni Martin-Green came forward last night to say it was her son who had been shot and killed in Berkeley, Missouri. Today, she says, "I am trying to remain calm."

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Contractor Freed By Cuba Will Get $3.2M From U.S.

Wed, 2014-12-24 07:23

A USAID official confirmed the payment to Alan Gross, who spent five years in a Cuban prison. It's part of a settlement with the Maryland-based company for which he worked at the time of his arrest.

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A Very Native American Christmas

Wed, 2014-12-24 07:11

For some Native Americans, Christmas has been a time for decorated trees, Santa Claus and lots of old traditions.

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