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It's down to the wire for online shopping

It's down to the wire for online shopping

ATLANTA (AP) — As the holiday shopping season winds down, FedEx, UPS and online retailers are using the last few days to try to avoid the problems that occurred last year when severe winter weather and a surge in late orders from shoppers caused delivery delays.

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Poll: Cards, gifts cross religious lines

Poll: Cards, gifts cross religious lines

WASHINGTON (AP) — Christmastime is here and a new poll reveals the cards and gifts that are part of celebrating the holiday are ubiquitous, even among those who don't share the Christian beliefs behind the story of the Magi who gave the first Christmas gifts.

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Rain and snowstorms could greet holiday travelers

CHICAGO (AP) — Many of the nearly 100 million holiday travelers expected to hit the road, head to airports and climb aboard trains in the coming days may have to negotiate rain or snow forecast to fall across large swaths of the U.S.

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Pope in blistering critique of Vatican bureaucrats

Pope in blistering critique of Vatican bureaucrats

VATICAN CITY — To the Catholic Church’s “seven deadly sins,” Pope Francis has added the “15 ailments of the Curia.”

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Pope in blistering critique of Vatican bureaucrats

Pope in blistering critique of Vatican bureaucrats

Pope Francis delivers his message during a meeting with Cardinals and Bishops of the Vatican Curia on the occasion of the exchange of Christmas greetings in the Clementine hall at Vatican, Monday, Dec. 22, 2014. (AP Photo/Andreas Solaro, Pool)

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It's down to the wire for online shopping

It's down to the wire for online shopping

FILE - In this Dec. 15, 2014 file photo, packages are sorted on a conveyer belt before being loaded onto trucks for delivery at a FedEx facility in Marietta, Ga. FedEx, UPS and e-commerce retailers are trying to avoid the problems that occurred last year when severe winter weather and a surg…

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It's down to the wire for online shopping

It's down to the wire for online shopping

Courier Michael Price loads packages onto a truck at a FedEx facility in Marietta, Ga. FedEx, UPS and e-commerce retailers are trying to avoid the delivery delays that occured with last year’s severe winter weather and surge in late orders.

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Poll: Cards, gifts cross religious lines

WASHINGTON — Christmastime is here and a new poll reveals the cards and gifts that are part of celebrating the holiday are ubiquitous, even among those who don’t share the Christian beliefs behind the story of the Magi who gave the first Christmas gifts.

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Tick-tock: Tips for last-minute shoppers

Tick-tock: Tips for last-minute shoppers

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — The clock is ticking, and your holiday shopping list isn't complete.

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Tick-tock: Tips for last-minute shoppers

Tick-tock: Tips for last-minute shoppers

In this November 2014 photo, employee Jen Sans points a customer in the right direction at a Target store, in South Portland, Maine. The National Retail Federation found in a survey that only 9 percent of shoppers finished their shopping by the start of December this year and nearly 15 perce…

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Think inside the box: Last-minute shopping ideas

Think inside the box: Last-minute shopping ideas

Three shopping spots packed with unique gift items.

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Letterman pulls curtain on holiday tradition

Letterman pulls curtain on holiday tradition

FILE - In this Oct. 17, 2013 file photo, singer Darlene Love performs at the "Right To Rock Benefit" at Cipriani Wall Street in New York. Love will sing "Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)" for the 21st and final time on Letterman's annual holiday show. He's retiring from the "The Late Show w…

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Letterman pulls curtain on holiday tradition

Letterman pulls curtain on holiday tradition

NEW YORK — With the curtain soon to fall on David Letterman’s late-night television career, the end comes Friday for an odd and emotional holiday tradition that involves comic Jay Thomas, the Lone Ranger, a giant meatball and, most indelibly, singer Darlene Love.

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Last-minute holiday shopper's cheat sheet

Last-minute holiday shopper's cheat sheet

Here’s a procrastinator’s guide to making sure Santa’s sleigh is brimming with packages.

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Holiday albums from Idina Menzel, 'Downton Abbey'

Holiday albums from Idina Menzel, 'Downton Abbey'

Music for the holidays

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The Elf on the Shelf is preparing kids for Big Brother

"The Elf on the Shelf" is both a book and a doll.

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Turn toys into Christmas tree ornaments

Turn toys into Christmas tree ornaments

This year I looked around for ways to turn existing toys into ornaments.

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Turn toys into Christmas tree ornaments

Turn toys into Christmas tree ornaments

This Sunday, Dec. 7, 2014, photo in Concord, N.H., shows a plastic cat toy turned into a Christmas tree ornament with a bit of Sugru, a dough-like substance that hardens into silicone rubber, used to attach a split ring for hanging. (AP Photo/Holly Ramer)

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Turn toys into Christmas tree ornaments

Turn toys into Christmas tree ornaments

This Sunday, Dec. 7, 2014, photo in Concord, N.H., shows three Christmas tree ornaments made from toys. (AP Photo/Holly Ramer)

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Turn toys into Christmas tree ornaments

Turn toys into Christmas tree ornaments

This Sunday, Dec. 7, 2014, photo in Concord, N.H., shows a Harry Potter Lego minifigure enclosed in a plastic Christmas tree ornament bulb. The bulb is cut open to insert the toy and glued back together. Epsom salt gives it a snowy look and cover up the cutting line. (AP Photo/Holly Ramer)

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