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We’re living 6 years longer

Fewer people are dying from cancer and heart disease in rich countries and there's a better survival rate in poor countries from tuberculosis and malaria.

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Christmastime comes with superstitions, tall tales

Christmas has long been a time ripe for superstitions, tall tales and odd beliefs.

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Christmas in Colonial America wasn’t always festive

Little is known about how Christmas was celebrated in Colonial times.

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‘Culture’ gets nod as word of the year

Whether popular, corporate, or entitled, "culture" was named word of the year by Merriam-Webster.

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Traditional Christmas foods include more than fruit cake

Holidays are a time for feasting and Christmas is no different.

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Babies born on Saturday have special birthdays

Saturday's Dec. 13, 2014, represented the last sequential calendar date for at least 20 years.

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Turns out all dogs don’t go to Heaven

It's a heartwarming story for legions of animal lovers around the world, but it turns out it's not true.

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Christmas: A 12-day holiday

The real reason behind the popular Christmas carol.

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A selfie on your shoes? Personalized gifts for Millennials

Brands like Coke and Nike have latched on to personalized products that have particular appeal to the next generation of consumers.

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History of Christmas lights: From candles to LEDs

You can credit the modern Christmas tree lights to Thomas Edison and his business partner.

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Scientists create ‘feel fuller’ food ingredient

Scientists have developed an ingredient that makes foods more filling, in an effort to prevent people from gaining more weight.

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Dr. Phil launches on-demand video therapy service

Doctor On Demand hopes people will turn to mobile devices for confidential counseling.

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Christmas cards are big business

The holidays are the busiest card-buying time of the year.

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Ebola fighters, survivors named ‘person of the year’

The medical relief teams working in western Africa are the 2014 honorees.

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McDonald’s to debut slimmed-down menu next month

McDonald's will cut eight foods and reduce the number of Extra Value Meals on its menus in a bid to speed up service and bolster sales.

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Pirate Bay file sharing site taken down after police raid

The Swedish file-sharing website was taken down after police seized servers and computers.

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Nearly half of Americans think flu shot can make you sick

A new study shows people still believe the myth that flu vaccines can give you the flu.

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We’re scooping up hot holiday deals for ourselves

Retailers say "self-gifting" is the latest trend in holiday shopping.

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Mobile apps still collect information on kids

Online stores are still flooded with cute and silly software programs that quietly collect data on the youngest consumers.

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E-cigarette tech takes off as regulation looms

Federal officials say the race to innovate could make creating standards for the devices more difficult.

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WWU men beaten 72-65 by No. 5 Tarleton State at South Point Hoops Classic

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Vikings within two points of Texans with 2:50 remaining. Western slips to 6-and-4 on the year.

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Mariners sign Mark Lowe & two others to minor league deals

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Lowe was originally selected by the Mariners in the 5th round of the 2004 June Draft and appeared in 162 games with Seattle from 2006-2010.

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AP Source: Celtics trade Rondo to Mavericks

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Four-time all-star point guard Rajon Rondo traded to the Dallas Mavericks. The Celtics will get Jae Crowder, Brandan Wright, Jameer Nelson and two draft picks.

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WWU women fall 64-63 to No.4 West Texas A&M at South Point Classic

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Vikings see three potential game-winning shots miss in final 24 seconds. Western women fall to 5-and-4 on the year.

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Jobless claims signal firmer labor market

Job seekers adjust their paperwork as they wait in line to attend a job fair in New York February 28, 2013.

The number of Americans filing new claims for unemployment benefits unexpectedly fell last week, suggesting the labor market continued to strengthen.