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People tell us the most thoughtful DIY gifts they've given or received

While whipping up a batch of body butter for the family can be fun and convenient, that's not always the kind of gift people really remember and cherish. Wouldn’t you rather give your loved ones presents that show how well you know them?

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Is this amber-encrusted dinosaur tail a snapshot of feather evolution?

Researchers examine the feathers of a rare 99-million-year-old dinosaur tail preserved in amber.

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Nothing says Christmas to me like my memories of the Sears Wish Book

In the weeks before Christmas, the Wish Book grew dogeared with desire.

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'Spider-Man: Homecoming' teaser revealed: What made first movie a hit?

A quick clip has been released to promote the upcoming 'Spider-Man' movie 'Homecoming,' which will be released during the summer of 2017. The new movie will debut 15 years after 2002's 'Spider-Man' became one of the most financially successful films of all time and an often-praised movie about the webslinger.

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Weeks after election, what's the status on that recount?

A federal judge ruled there was no reason to move forward with a recount in Michigan. Other states are winding down their recount efforts, too, with no surprising results.

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Can a wrestling executive lead the Small Business Administration?

Linda McMahon lost two bids for US Senate, but grew WWE from 13 employees to an international company that posted $659 million in revenue last year. 

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Harry Reid: A sculptor of partisanship, who was also molded by it

When he was first elected in 1982, compromise was not a dirty word. That's changed dramatically – and so has Senator Reid.

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Shattered glass: How much do you know about these barrier-busting women?

Women have been cracking and shattering "glass ceilings" since long before two women at Hewlett-Packard coined the term. Convention-busting women continue to break through barriers to lead international corporations, coach male sports teams, and even secure a major party nomination for president. How much do you know about these female pioneers?

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Did 'Hairspray Live!' win over critics with its message of acceptance?

NBC aired its latest live musical production with 'Hairspray Live!,' a show that tells the story of the efforts to integrate a dance TV show in 1960s Baltimore. Maddie Baillio, Harvey Fierstein, and Jennifer Hudson star in the program.

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Analysis: Trump's tweetstorm about China wrong-foots Beijing

Chinese officials had expected the president-elect, as a businessman, to be focused on negotiable issues between the US and China. But Trump's Taiwan tweets have upended their expectations.

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Chuck Jones vs. Donald Trump: A window on future union relations?

Union boss Chuck Jones says that Donald Trump deliberately inflated the number of Carrier jobs that he had saved. Now, the president-elect is attacking Jones on Twitter.

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Volkswagen scandal persists as EU clamps down on non-enforcement

The European Union has initiated legal action against certain member states for their failure to enforce emissions standards following Volkswagen's so-called 'dieselgate' scandal.

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Surgeon General: E-cigarettes risk 'moving backward' on teen smoking

In a new report, Vivek Murthy expressed concern about e-cigarettes, which have become the most commonly used tobacco product among young people.

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Could the juvenile suspects in the Tennessee wildfires be tried as adults?

Juveniles make up a high proportion of arson arrests. In Tennessee, prosecutors could throw the book at two suspects accused of starting a fire that ended up killing 14 people.

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How retirement accounts can affect your tax bracket

Making the right decisions about your retirement savings can do wonders for your tax burden. That’s because retirement accounts come with tax advantages.

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Glassdoor's 50 best places to work 2017: And the winner is …

Looking to make a career move? Glassdoor just released its annual list of the 50 best places to work. Bain & Company took the top spot, with Facebook not far behind. Surprises like SpaceX also find their way into the top 50.

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Why US life expectancy went down in 2015

The average life expectancy dropped unexpectedly by 0.1 percent of a year compared to 2014.

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Is Trump softening his stance on illegal immigration?

President-elect Donald Trump might not keep President Obama's executive order protecting young, undocumented immigrants in place, but he seems to be softening his stance on America's 700,000 'Dreamers.'

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Giraffes added to 'vulnerable' list after populations shrink 40 percent

The world's tallest land animal is being pushed toward extinction, conservationists said Thursday, adding giraffes to the 'Red List' of threatened species.

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California positions itself to lead a blue state rebellion

The country's most populous and economically independent state looks willing to push back against the Trump administration in a way not seen in decades.

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Trump nominates staunch EPA foe Scott Pruitt as agency head

As top prosecutor for a major oil-producing state, Mr. Pruitt has filed multiple lawsuits challenging EPA regulations.

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Butternut squash lasagna

The flavors of this vegetarian lasagna recipe are enhanced by an easy-to-make decadent béchamel sauce.

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'Game of Queens' profiles a savvy set of bold European queens

British historian Sarah Gristwood pulls back to a wider view of Europe and the far-flung queens who greatly influenced events: Isabella of Castile, Louise of Savoy, Marguerite of Navarre, Catherine de Medici, and more.

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The questions Trump’s tariff tweets failed to answer

Trying to parse President-elect Donald Trump’s recent threats against US manufacturers that move production overseas is not easy. One thing is sure: His tweet storm warning of new tariffs raises far more questions than it answers.

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These are the safest cars of 2017

Making the cut for the coveted IIHS Top Safety Pick+ award got even tougher this year. 

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As South Korean women fight for their rights, the gloves come off

By holding up a confrontational online 'mirror' to South Korea's conservative yet tech-savvy society, a provocative website has paved a path for a new generation of activist young feminists.

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How natural gas and nuclear have made the US greener – times two

A new study by Brookings found increases in natural gas and nuclear energy for electricity generation have allowed parts of the US to 'decouple,' with states reducing their carbon dioxide emissions but seeing their economies grow. 

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Leading with integrity

A Christian Science perspective: On honest leadership and the blessings it brings.

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What the commonwealth still requires

When civilization seems to be under pressure in the ‘post-truth’ era, the public library helps hold things together.

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​Northeast Christmas tree farmers get drought in their stockings

Drought has killed many young trees on farms across New England. Farmers are strugglng to adapt, by planting new varieties and considering drip irrigation systems.

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Will Obama goal of 54.5 miles per gallon stick?

In this edition: The EPA seeks to lock in its ambitious fuel-economy target before the presidency changes hands; mayors chart megacity emission cuts; Vietnam battles beach erosion.

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Trump taps Kelly for Homeland Security, third general for top post

The former Marine general shares similarly tough anti-immigrant views to Trump, and critics worry Trump's cabinet is starting to look "like a military junta."

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Crowd honors 'gift of freedom' from Pearl Harbor servicemen

Ceremonies honoring the 75th anniversary of the attack were held across the country, honoring those who survived, and the thousands who perished.

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At dawn of Trump era, political center sees an opening

Donald Trump himself defies labels. His rise to power may signal opportunities for problem-solving, Republicans and Democrats say at a convening of the group No Labels. 

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Trump to name climate-change skeptic as EPA chief

Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt has led the fight by Republican-led states against the Obama administration's Clean Power Plan, which calls on states to cut greenhouse-gas emissions.

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Trump's tweets: Transparency or manipulation?

Donald Trump's Twitter habits, if continued into his presidency, have the potential to fundamentally change the way the president interacts with the public. Whether that's a good or bad thing is a matter of perspective. 

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White nationalist event at Texas A&M reignites campus discourse debate

A prominent member of the so-called alt-right movement delivered a speech steeped in white supremacist rhetoric on a campus that largely opposed his presence – the latest of several speakers to challenge various schools' positions on free speech.

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Amid fears of Trump cutback, NASA announces long-term climate mission

Could this be push-back from an agency anticipating cuts? Could the Trump administration dismantle GeoCARB?

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Smog city: Why Paris made public transit free for a day

Paris experienced the worst smog it has seen in 10 years or more this week. City officials responded by making public transit free, and introducing an even/odd license plate ban for drivers. 

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Starbucks will expand in China – and it looks like a smart idea

Over the next five years, the company will open 12,000 new stores worldwide, including 5,000 in China, where consumer culture is in vogue among a nascent middle class.

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