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Mistletoe: Poisonous plant becomes Christmas tradition

It's a strange custom dating back centuries.

A box from Amazon.com is pictured on the porch of a house in Golden, Colorado on July 28, 2008.

Forget 2-day shipping, Amazon launches 1-hour delivery

You won't get your deliveries in a New York minute, but you might be able to get them in a Manhattan hour.

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American Kennel Club adds 4 new dog breeds

The AKC now recognizes 184 breeds of dogs.

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Waiting for Christmas

For children, waiting for Christmas is filled with wonder and fun.

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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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Army refers Bergdahl case to commander, punishment possible

This undated image provided by the U.S. Army shows Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl. U.S. officials say the only American soldier held prisoner in Afghanistan has been freed and is in U.S. custody. The officials say Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl's (boh BURG'-dahl) release was part of a negotiation that includes the release of five Afghan detainees held in the U.S. prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.

An investigation into Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl's 2009 disappearance from his base in Afghanistan has been completed.

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PHOTOS: Joe Cocker through the years

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A look back on the legendary career of the "Up Where We Belong" hitmaker.

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Legendary rocker Joe Cocker dead at 70

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The raspy-voiced, Grammy-winning "You Are So Beautiful" singer has lost his battle with lung cancer.