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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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Israel carries out airstrike on Hamas site in Gaza

Israel carries out airstrike on Hamas site in Gaza

Israeli police detain a Palestinian protester after a prayer for Palestinian Cabinet Minister Ziad Abu Ain, who died after a protest on Dec. 10.

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Israeli airstrikes hit Hamas site in Gaza

Israeli airstrikes hit Hamas site in Gaza

JERUSALEM — Israel’s military struck a Hamas site in the Gaza Strip early today in its first airstrike on the Palestinian territory since last summer’s war.

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Israel carries out airstrike on Hamas site in Gaza

Israel carries out airstrike on Hamas site in Gaza

Palestinians protesters pray for Palestinian Cabinet Minister Ziad Abu Ain, who died after a protest on Dec. 10 in the village of Turmus Aya near the West Bank city of Ramallah. Clashes erupted Friday between Palestinian protesters and Israeli forces at a West Bank military checkpoint near T…

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Israel carries out airstrike on Hamas site in Gaza

Israel carries out airstrike on Hamas site in Gaza

Israeli troops fire tear gas towards Palestinian protesters following a prayer for Palestinian Cabinet Minister Ziad Abu Ain, who died after a protest on Dec. 10 in the West Bank village of Turmus Aya.

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Sales for holiday shopping season come down to the wire

Sales for holiday shopping season come down to the wire

Retail sales rose 1.8 percent from Nov. 1 through Monday, Dec. 15, 2014 according to data provided from First Data Corp., which tracks purchases at 800,000 stores including online. The modest growth comes despite the heavy discounting customary throughout the season.  

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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

December 17, 2014 8:30 am Photos

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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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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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How to create lasting holiday memories

How to create lasting holiday memories

Many of us have lasting memories from our childhood holidays. Some are more predictable than others, tied to traditions that get passed down for generations and whose mere practice today still stirs emotions.

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This week on TV: Dec. 14-20

This week on TV: Dec. 14-20

Holiday specials rock around the remote.

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Holiday office parties: so very merry — and awkward

It is time, once again, to celebrate the holidays with our friends and loved ones. And co-workers.

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No room for a Christmas tree? Embrace the unexpected

How do you make a small space feel like home for the holidays? When traditional décor is out of the question (in other words, if your apartment hardly holds your luggage, let alone a Colorado blue spruce), designers suggest embracing kitschy décor in the interest of keeping things festive, p…

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