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How to Train a Santa

Being Santa isn’t easy. A Michigan school has been training Mr. and Mrs. Claus’s for over 70 years in the perfect forms of beard-cutting, cookie-eating, and how to answer tough ones.


The Music Industry Is Dying? Great

The demise of the music industry can actually work for musicians as a moment of liberating grace. You can make a sane living in an unpredictable economy.


Rob Ford’s Facebook Friends

Fans of the embattled Toronto mayor are rallying behind their man on Facebook. Meet “Ford Nation,” where 15-year-olds call the shots and the rest of us are just “Manhattanite hipsters.”


America Joins the Developed World

For all its woes, real reform finally got underway in 2013. Some day in the future, this year will be remembered as the one when the U.S. recognized people’s birthright to health care.


Surviving Life in a Sex Commune

Three decades after growing up in a European free-love commune, Paul-Julien Robert plunged into the film archives to make the extraordinary documentary, My Fathers, My Mother and Me.


Politicians’ ‘Pelfies’

From Bo and Sunny Obama to California’s Sutter Brown, politicians’ pets have captured our Insta-hearts. These are the ‘pelfies’ of 2013.


Health care tactics split Republican Senate rivals

ATLANTA (AP) — Republicans see the 2014 midterm elections as a chance to capitalize on voter frustration with the problem-plagued health care overhaul, but the GOP first must settle a slate of Senate primaries where conservatives are arguing over the best way to oppose President Barack Obama's signature law.


Poll: Americans hopeful for a better year in 2014

WASHINGTON (AP) — Ready to ring in the new year, Americans look ahead with optimism, according to a new AP-Times Square New Year's Eve poll. Their ratings of the year gone by? Less than glowing.

If U.S. troops leave Afghanistan, much civilian aid may go too

By Missy Ryan WASHINGTON (Reuters) - For years, U.S. officials have pointed to the improvements in the everyday lives of Afghans made possible by billions of dollars in aid from the United States and elsewhere. In Afghanistan, people now live 20 years longer on average than under Taliban rule, they say; The specter of an abrupt departure of all U.S. and NATO soldiers from Afghanistan at the end of next year now imperils these gains, they warn, and endangers progress on the massive development challenges that remain. Unless the Obama administration can persuade Afghan President Hamid Karzai to sign a security pact that would permit a modest U.S. force to remain beyond 2014, the United States is almost certain to drastically scale back aid to Afghanistan.


In Christmas tradition, Obama honors US military

KANEOHE BAY, Hawaii (AP) — President Barack Obama stepped away from the seclusion of his quiet Hawaii vacation for what's become a Christmas tradition: paying tribute to U.S. troops and the sacrifices their families make during the holidays and throughout the year.


In Christmas tradition, Obama thanks US troops

KANEOHE BAY, Hawaii (AP) — President Barack Obama stepped away from the seclusion of his quiet Hawaii vacation for what's become a Christmas tradition: paying tribute to U.S. troops and the sacrifices their families make during the holidays and throughout the year.


On Christmas, Obama thanks troops for sacrifices

KANEOHE BAY, Hawaii (AP) — President Barack Obama says he and first lady Michelle Obama couldn't be prouder of the U.S. military. He's thanking American troops for their service this Christmas and says they do unbelievable work every day.


Turkey: Government reshuffle after ministers quit

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Wednesday reshuffled his Cabinet after three key ministers resigned over a sweeping corruption and bribery scandal that has targeted his allies and rattled his government.


Bipartisan bill seeks to boost foreign adoptions

Amid partisan conflict in Congress, dozens of lawmakers from both parties — including staunch liberals and conservatives — have united behind a bill that supporters say addresses a heart-rending issue beyond politics: the millions of foreign children languishing in orphanages or otherwise at risk because they have no immediate family.


Health care divides some Republican Senate rivals

ATLANTA (AP) — Republicans see the 2014 midterm elections as a chance to capitalize on voter frustration with the problem-plagued health care overhaul, but the GOP first must settle a slate of Senate primaries where conservatives are arguing over the best way to oppose President Barack Obama's signature law.


Obama: Honor Christmas by helping those in need

HONOLULU (AP) — President Barack Obama is encouraging Americans to embrace the spirit of Christmas by volunteering at a soup kitchen, buying gifts for kids in need, or organizing food and clothing drives.


How to Write About History

When we pick up history books today what exactly do we expect from them? Historian Lincoln Paine considers what should be in our history.


The Secrets of Christmas

Amid the noise and clamor, we uncover the presents worth cherishing: life, family, friends, and faith.


The Dog Days of Christmas

Professional shows weren't his thing, but this canine will wear just about anything and pose for the camera.


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