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At 99, she's worked for four presidents and says it's a...

WASHINGTON - Let's say you decide to call the White House and weigh in on the issues of the day. Chances are you may be on hold for a while, but when the line finally picks up, you'll be greeted by a soothing voice to take your comment. If you are really lucky, you'll get Operator 16, who is not allowed to give her name.

17 Basildon shops we haven't forgotten and wish were still in the town centre

It's always sad when a shop closes down, especially if it's one you use a lot. Whether it be amazing service from a specialist who knows their chops, or the convenience of a big name where you could get anything, going into a shop is sometimes just better than shopping online.

Ship's captain threatens to bring stranded migrants to Italy to end limbo

"I will enter Italian waters and bring them to safety on Lampedusa," Carola Rackete said in an interview with La Repubblica daily, in reference to the island off Italy's southern tip. Interior Minister Matteo Salvini has banned the Dutch-flagged vessel from approaching under a "closed ports" policy,....

Gear4Music reports loss despite sales rise

MUSIC retailer Gear4Music is hoping to strike a different chord after confirming it had swung to a £600,000 loss. The York-based retailer has vowed to implement what it called “swift strategic and operational changes” after encountering “a number of operational and commercial issues” amid a challenging retail environment.

How can I better plan for holidays this year?

5 MONTHS AGO
I would like to start celebrating the big American holidays (Valentine’s Day, Easter, Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s). As an adult, I’ve tended to let these holidays sneak up on me and end up scrambling, half-assing, or skipping th...

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6 Months Until Christmas

1 DAY AGO
Hello, Merry Christmas and Happy Leon Day! It is now only six months until Christmas. It’s Leon Day weekend here at the North Pole and elves here could not be more excited. Leon, of course, is “Noel”...

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200 Days Until Santa Launches

18 DAYS AGO
Hey Everybody, Elf Max here with a brief update. There are only 200 days left until Santa launches from the North Pole. That makes today a very important day on the calendar. As Elf Ernest shared...

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7 Months Until Christmas

1 MONTHS AGO
Greetings from…somewhere that isn’t the North Pole. It is now just 7 months until Christmas! I write to you this month via my laptop as I am on vacation. I am vacationing in the beautiful...

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8 Months Until Christmas

2 MONTHS AGO
Hi ho! Only eight months to go! Yes, Christmas is just around the corner. Don’t believe me? You should see the workshop up at the North Pole right now. We’re so busy it looks like...

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9 Months Until Christmas

3 MONTHS AGO
Greetings one and all! Today marks 9 months until Christmas Eve. Can you believe how quickly the time is going? Believe it or not, we are entering the dark days of Christmas for the year. Officially,...

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10 Months Until Christmas

4 MONTHS AGO
Greetings! It is a bit of a sad day for us here at the North Pole. Today the reindeer begin their journey back to their homeland. Contrary to popular belief, reindeer are not native to the North...

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11 Months Until Christmas

5 MONTHS AGO
Greetings, friends! Just 11 months from today we’ll be celebrating Christmas Eve. I know that sounds like a long time to you. But for those of us here at the North Pole it does not feel so far...

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N.Y. Today: The Democrats’ Long Albany Wish List

5 MONTHS AGO
One lawmaker wants to remove Trump’s name from a state park. Another wants a longer waiting period before buying a gun. Also, how to get rid of your Christmas tree.

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Christmas Streaming Sends Nat King Cole and Mariah Carey to Billboard’s Top 10

5 MONTHS AGO
The Atlanta rapper 21 Savage opened at No. 1 after a brief trip through the social media outrage cycle in a week heavy on holiday listening.

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How to Throw Away Your Christmas Tree

5 MONTHS AGO
You don’t want your tree to end up in a landfill. Let it have a second life as compost, a barrier for erosion or food for goats.

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6 Flights in 3 Days: A Flight Attendant’s Dad Finds a Way to See Her on Christmas

5 MONTHS AGO
When Hal Vaughan learned that his daughter had to work on Christmas, he accompanied her on her entire route.

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Only Fools and Horses fan spends £3,000 to get cast tattooed on his back

-1 DAYS AGO
AN Only Fools and Horses superfan has forked out thousands of pounds to get his favourite characters mange-tattooed on his back. Dean Paine told the Echo of his love for the iconic TV show and how he decided to spend 3,000 the body art. Progress - th...

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17 Basildon shops we haven't forgotten and wish were still in the town centre

3 MINS AGO
It's always sad when a shop closes down, especially if it's one you use a lot. Whether it be amazing service from a specialist who knows their chops, or the convenience of a big name where you could get anything, going into a shop is sometimes just b...

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At 99, she's worked for four presidents and says it's a...

11 MINS AGO
WASHINGTON - Let's say you decide to call the White House and weigh in on the issues of the day. Chances are you may be on hold for a while, but when the line finally picks up, you'll be greeted by a soothing voice to take your comment. If you are re...

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17 Basildon shops we haven't forgotten and wish were still in the town centre

24 MINS AGO
It's always sad when a shop closes down, especially if it's one you use a lot. Whether it be amazing service from a specialist who knows their chops, or the convenience of a big name where you could get anything, going into a shop is sometimes just b...

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Ship's captain threatens to bring stranded migrants to Italy to end limbo

25 MINS AGO
"I will enter Italian waters and bring them to safety on Lampedusa," Carola Rackete said in an interview with La Repubblica daily, in reference to the island off Italy's southern tip. Interior Minister Matteo Salvini has banned the Dutch-flagged vess...

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Gear4Music reports loss despite sales rise

28 MINS AGO
MUSIC retailer Gear4Music is hoping to strike a different chord after confirming it had swung to a £600,000 loss. The York-based retailer has vowed to implement what it called “swift strategic and operational changes” after encountering “a number of ...

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Apple is an exclusive club, says Facebook executive

39 MINS AGO
Rarely has the business world seen a company that so delights in its cynicism and so claims to have benevolent intentions toward the whole world. Lately, though, Facebook seems a touch miffed that Apple CEO Tim Cook . (And Google's.) Its tendency to ...

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