States should rethink big tax breaks to companies, economists say
As good jobs have become harder to find, states have approved bigger economic handouts to attract or keep individual companies. New economic research suggests that's often not a good idea.
Raw: Giant panda cub gets comfy in her new home
Taiwan-born giant panda cub "Yuan Zai" moves to her new home on December 24 in Taipei Zoo before making public debut on January 6, next year.
Science's top 10 breakthroughs of 2013
WASHINGTON - Every year, the editors of Science huddle together and pick an outstanding scientific achievement as the Breakthrough of the Year.
Fitness experts decry ‘resolution dependency’
One of the country’s best-known fitness center chains is launching an initiative to wean people from what it calls an over-dependence on New Year’s resolutions.
Santa's wish: Marry me
ROCKPORT, Mass. - A Massachusetts firefighter surprised his girlfriend this week by suggesting they dress as Santa and Mrs. Claus for his fire department's annual children's Christmas party, then popped a stunning marriage proposal in full attire.
All I want for Christmas is a new Christmas song
Despite the gigabytes of Christmas music released each year — big stars making their first charge into the yule breach this year include Kelly Clarkson, Mary J. Blige, and, alarmingly, the cast of Duck Dynasty — they are, overwhelmingly, reiterating yuletide warhorses.
Cargazing: Ford Fiesta ST is fast, fun, affordable
High-performance cars often come with high price tags, but the Ford Fiesta ST is proof that the two don’t have to be mutually exclusive.
Making edible cookie containers: Gingerbread Stockings
These edible gingerbread stocking cookie containers fall into the "too pretty to eat" category. Each one can hold 3 or 4 cookie "lollipops."
A 67-year-old caroling tradition
WASHINGTON - Ruthanna Weber, 98, has been organizing a Kenwood, Md., caroling tradition since World War II when she was in the Navy.
Happy 100th to the crossword puzzle
On a snowy evening in the early 1900s, a newspaper editor at the New York World was hunched over his desk trying to think of something special for the Christmas issue. He drew a diamond-shaped grid with numbered squares and numbered clues, creating the first crossword puzzle.
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