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JAMES ASHTON: Banks take a kick in the CoCos

They are conveniently forgetting that banking these days involves less risk and bigger buffers. To some extent, the European Central Bank only has itself to blame. Its first efforts to assess balance sheet risk in the wake of the financial crisis might as well have been conducted with a feather duster.

How long is the doctors' strike and will you be affected? Everything you need to know about the walk out

Despite the name, junior doctors are not always junior. They are doctors below the consultant level and many have 10 years’ experience. They have a starting salary of 22,636 - below the average national wage of 26,000 but they are paid extra for anti-social hours at the weekend.

Ranieri: My pact with players has been the secret of our success

Leicester: Claudio Ranieri has revealed the -secrets behind Leicester City’s remarkable season, insisting the Premier League’s surprise story “gives hope to everybody”. In a wide-ranging interview, the Italian offered an intriguing insight into Leicester’s unlikely challenge for the title by opening up about tactics, diet and even days off.

Macomb Eastpointe mom's trial in newborn's death set for March Eastpointe mom's trial in newborn's death set for March Angela Alexie's attorney is challenging whether her statements to police can be used during her trial in Macomb County. Macomb 15 minute

The defense attorney for an Eastpointe mother accused of murder in the death of her newborn after he was left in an unheated residential garage before Christmas in 2014 is asking for her statements to police not to be admitted at her trial next month. Steve Kaplan said he raised two challenges....

Home Alone Goes Back to Theaters

4 MONTHS AGO
Home Alone celebrates 25 years this Christmas and producers are celebrating in a variety of ways — the latest by announcing that it will make a very limited to return to theaters on November 8th. Over two dates in early November — the 8th...

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Christmas in Billings, Montana 1954

4 MONTHS AGO
Early last week, James Carroll of Tyler, Texas, came to Billings for the second time in his life. It was an enjoyable visit, but it was hard to top that first one, on Christmas Eve 1954. Carroll was a 23-year-old Army private at the time, just out of...

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LeAnn Rimes Previews Christmas Album

4 MONTHS AGO
LeAnn Rimes released a preview today from her upcoming Christmas album titled Today is Christmas. The track is a cover of Kenny Loggins’ Celebrate Me Home, a duet Rimes performs with Gavin DeGraw. Take a listen: The album drops on October 16th ...

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Ice Cube: Not the Scrooge We’re Looking For

4 MONTHS AGO
We asked for a modern re-do of A Christmas Carol in the latest episode of the Merry Podcast and at least one of four competing movie studios wants to deliver. Universal Pictures has purchased the rights to a modern re-telling of the Dickens classic a...

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Not Quite Christmas Caroling

4 MONTHS AGO
It is understandable enough to mix up the words now and then — especially if the song you are singing is a 500-year old Christmas carol. But to do it on purpose just to drive people crazy or to get a response — well, that takes talent. Th...

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32 Million Americans Already Christmas Shopping

4 MONTHS AGO
A new survey by CreditCards.com has media analysts in shock: more than 32 million Americans have already started their Christmas shopping, the survey reveals. That seems to fly in the face of a media-generated figure that 70 percent of Americans are ...

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A Masterful Telling of Luke 2

4 MONTHS AGO
There is not a Christmas lover anywhere who does not know well the text of the Christmas story from Luke Chapter 2, from the New Testament. But never have you heard it with such precise storytelling ability as we see in this video of John Rhys-Davies...

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30 Days to Christmas 2015 Now Available!

3 MONTHS AGO
30 Days to Christmas 2015 Now Available!
30 Days to Christmas: Procrastinator’s Edition Now Available! Whether you work better under a little time pressure or you take one holiday at a time or you just can’t seem to work ahead, 30 Days to Christmas: Procrastinator’s Editio...

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30 Days to Christmas Available Tomorrow!

3 MONTHS AGO
30 Days to Christmas Available Tomorrow!
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Day 50: Fortify your Food Bank

3 MONTHS AGO
Day 50:  Fortify your Food Bank
Today, we are halfway through our journey of the 100 days before Christmas! Remember those in your community who may be partaking of the generosity of friends and neighbors through the use of the local food bank. Take out the grocery list you started...

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Day 51: Plan your Thanksgiving Menu

3 MONTHS AGO
Day 51: Plan your Thanksgiving Menu
For today is to create a Thanksgiving Menu Planner* by listing the types of foods that you would like to include in your Thanksgiving meal: appetizers, main course, side dishes, bread, salads, and most importantly, desserts! Maybe you already have a ...

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Day 52: Election Day

3 MONTHS AGO
Day 52:  Election Day
Get out and vote! And then call your friends to remind them to vote! It may not seem worthwhile to stand in voting lines, but some things are worth a little inconvenience. Be an example to your children and let them know you voted today!

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Day 53: Establish a Tradition of Giving

3 MONTHS AGO
Day 53:  Establish a Tradition of Giving
Begin to research ways for your family to give this season. Take a look around your community for something meaningful to you. Remember that if you don’t offer some help, who will? This may be a difficult time for people in your community this year. ...

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Day 56: Halloween Eve

3 MONTHS AGO
Day 56:  Halloween Eve
Set aside this day for some family togetherness. If you haven’t carved your jack-o-lantern, this is the perfect night to spread out some newspapers on the kitchen table and get your creative juices flowing. Another great tradition has only come along...

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"It has a default, 10,000 steps daily, so I'm always trying to, you know, walk a little bit more here and there to get that goal every day and get the distance," said Alex Coleman, a Senior at AUM who uses a Fitbit. "It's a really good tool to stay i...

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Column: Bring good luck this year with T t traditions

20 HOURS AGO

With Tao t NguyAan A A n finally here, you'll probably hear the sound of the drums and firecrackers if you go to any of the local Asian supermarkets throughout the next week. You can even attend the celebration being hosted in University Center Palo ...

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Poots not convinced scheme is right

1 DAY AGO

Congratulations, you're now registered! Let us know what news and updates you want to hear about and we'll send them straight to your inbox. Assembly member Edwin Poots said he was supportive of measures which can help provide employment opportunitie...

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'It's unreasonable': Whitehorse man with dementia has been in jail since Christmas

1 DAY AGO

Titus Charlie, 53, has dementia and has been in jail since Christmas Eve after an altercation outside the Salvation Army led to his arrest. A Yukon review board has ruled he is unfit to stand trial and will remain in jail while he waits for a risk as...

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RAK Pack adopts family for Christmas

1 DAY AGO

Inspired by creating Random Acts of Kindness, a group of students from Haig School look for opportunities to help out others in their community. Right before Christmas, the RAK Pack had a big project to complete.

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Settle man sent to crown court over threatening messages

1 DAY AGO

A CONVICTED drugs dealer from Settle who threatened a childhood friend over an unpaid debt has been sent to crown court for sentencing. Michael Valentine, 29, left a threatening answerphone message with Andrew Dutton and sent abusive texts demanding ...

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Rogue Wave announce new album 'Delusions of Grand Fur' and tour

1 DAY AGO

When they released the new song Christmas for the Jews" on Christmas Eve, Rogue Wave said they also had new music coming in 2016. Now that's been announced.

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11 Months Until Christmas

16 DAYS AGO
11 Months Until Christmas
Hey everybody! Happy January to you. Today marks 11 months until Christmas Eve. Yep, just 11 short months from today Santa will be in the air! It looks to be a busy year here at the North Pole. We haveRead more

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North Pole Celebrates Reset the Clock Day

1 MONTHS AGO
North Pole Celebrates Reset the Clock Day
It’s a new year here at the North Pole. As is our tradition when the 12 days of Christmas are done we celebrate Reset-the-Clock Day here at the North Pole. This is the day when we start looking at theRead more

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Sending Thanks to Santa

1 MONTHS AGO
Sending Thanks to Santa
The North Pole Post Office gratefully acknowledges the many emails, texts and letters received in the hours since Santa returned home from his merry ride this year. For those commenting that they want a place to easily do that, weRead more

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Santa Safely Arrives to Cheers at the North Pole

1 MONTHS AGO
Santa Safely Arrives to Cheers at the North Pole
Click here >> to Visit the Tracking Center World Map Santa’s ride is not usually exciting to the end but this year’s ride in coming home to a blizzard was certainly more than anyone could ask for. But it endedRead more

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Alaska Outback Reports

1 MONTHS AGO
Alaska Outback Reports
Click here >> to Visit the Tracking Center World Map Santa’s in the homestretch now. It has been an unbelievable ride around the world this year. At the moment he is in remote areas of Alaska visiting the few folksRead more

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San Francisco Welcomes Santa

1 MONTHS AGO
San Francisco Welcomes Santa
Click here >> to Visit the Tracking Center World Map Santa has slipped quietly and quickly into San Francisco. He should be along the coast for a while. He’s making great time. — Elf Ernest Click the player below toRead more

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US Northwest Welcomes Santa

1 MONTHS AGO
US Northwest Welcomes Santa
Click here >> to Visit the Tracking Center World Map Santa is blitzing the American North West at this time and has been spotted by citizens in Spokane. — Elf Ernest Bedtime Warnings: Alaska Click the player below to listenRead more

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My true love gave to me...what?

1 MONTHS AGO
Ok, this has been traumatizing me since childhood. Well, not really, but you know how it is. What the HECK does my true love give to to me on the twelfth day of Christmas in this recording?! Can't understand the lyrics. The recording is from this vi...

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Gift Giving in China

1 MONTHS AGO
I'm planning to give all of my teaching assistants a present for Christmas. Would it be rude to not give a present to the managerial staff? I've also heard that it's rude to give people higher up the same present. Please help me understand appropriat...

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Long, formal Christmas lunch...with a toddler

1 MONTHS AGO
Pretty stressed about Christmas lunch with my in-laws. We have a 21-month-old awho is even worse at sitting still than most toddlers, the meal is apparently four courses (!), and the dining room is tiny and packed full of antiques so there's nowhere ...

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Ham-induced anxiety

1 MONTHS AGO
I am cooking Christmas dinner and may have bought the wrong kind of ham/pork. But maybe not? Either way, I need different cooking times than I first expected. Can the meat-experts of the green help me out? My mother, who has been at the hospital almo...

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Special Snowflake Research Resource List

1 MONTHS AGO
Please help me compile research resources for a project I will undertake in the year ahead. I would like to become very familiar with the following subjects: 1) New York City and Greenwich Village in the 1850s-1900. 2) The experience of Irish immigra...

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What one large Xmas decoration do I need?

1 MONTHS AGO
I lile decorating for Halloween, but I do not like decorating for Xmas. I was at Target and saw they had giant light-up stars, presumably for outside your house. This made me think, what one large, preferably light-up Christmas decoration could I t...

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Kid's snow globe craft hack

1 MONTHS AGO
I'm in charge of a second grade Christmas craft and would love to have them make snow globes. One problem, how to make objects adhere to the bottom of the globe in the absence of glue. This snow globe how to looks pretty simple except for the step w...

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ISIS’ War on Christmas

1 MONTHS AGO
ISIS’ War on Christmas
At all cost the man in the white beard had to be kept away from the men with black beards.

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Thefts of Baby Jesus Statues Unnerve New Jersey Churches

1 MONTHS AGO
Thefts of Baby Jesus Statues Unnerve New Jersey Churches
At least five churches have reported thefts of religious figurines since Christmas Eve.

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In Season of Returning, a Start-Up Tries to Find Homes for the Rejects

1 MONTHS AGO
In Season of Returning, a Start-Up Tries to Find Homes for the Rejects
Estimated at $284 billion in a year, returns represent lost income to retailers and an environmental burden. Optoro tries to find ways to resell, recycle or donate that merchandise.

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Scary Holiday Movies: See You When You’re Sleeping

1 MONTHS AGO
Scary Holiday Movies: See You When You’re Sleeping
A look at movies (and one television episode) that turn beloved Christmas traditions into holiday hell.

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One Reason Not to Believe in Santa Claus

1 MONTHS AGO
One Reason Not to Believe in Santa Claus
A visit from St. Nick nearly turns tragic.

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Bill Cunningham | Holiday Madness

1 MONTHS AGO
A flurry of calm appears amid the abundance of Santa costumes and holiday window decorations.

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The Christmas Fern, a Cold-Weather Frond

1 MONTHS AGO
The Christmas Fern, a Cold-Weather Frond
Each leaflet on the Christmas fern — which is green when much of the natural world is brown, absent or dormant — is shaped like a little Christmas stocking.

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Christmas Is Over — Put Your Lights Away Efficiently

1 MONTHS AGO
No matter how well-intentioned you are, you probably end up putting your Christmas lights away in a tangled mess. DaveHax is back to help you out.

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Setting Christmas Trees On Fire With Armor-Piercing Tracer Bullets And Fireworks

1 MONTHS AGO
Once again, Demolition Ranch has chosen to burn the holidays in effigy.

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Goats Love To Eat Christmas Trees

1 MONTHS AGO
If you haven't already disposed of your holiday-themed pine tree, think about giving it to your local herd of goats.​ Turns out, goats are fantastic Christmas tree recyclers , who are mor...

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Kid Is Genuinely Excited About Getting Steak Sauce For Christmas

1 MONTHS AGO
Getting a gag gift from the parents is par for the course for many people at Christmas , and most of the time you just have to grin and bear it. One kid with the true Christmas spirit was genuinely excited about receiving a bottle of steak sauce in h...

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Xbox Kid Waits 8 Years To Get Christmas Prank Revenge On His Dad

1 MONTHS AGO
Like all great pranks, everyone goes home happy at the end.

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Soldier, Hiding In A Box, Surprises Daughter On Christmas

1 MONTHS AGO
And every Digg reader's heart grew three sizes that day.

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Charles Dickens Day

2 DAYS AGO
Today marks 322 days until Christmas leaving just 45 weeks until the big day. It is also the 204th birthday of Charles Dickens, who was born on this day in 1812. The name of Charles Dickens can hardly be said these days without thinking of Christmas....

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Santa’s New Ride

4 DAYS AGO
There’s a storm brewing. It’s coming between me and my father and it promises to be a classic feud of the father/son variety. It has to do with a car. My first car was a 1969 AMC Rebel, ironically enough. I bought it when I was 14 —...

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Candlemas

7 DAYS AGO
There are 327 days remaining until Christmas in our countdown but on this day we actually celebrate a day reflective of the fact that Christmas was 40 days ago. This day is known as Candlemas. For many, the thinking of this day as a Christian celebra...

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Christmas on Your Roadtrip

17 DAYS AGO
Since we announced our plans for next October 1st we have been thrilled to hear how many folks are planning to join us. What surprises me is how many are planning to make this journey in the same way we are — by car. I know we haven’t hea...

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Cary Grant Day

22 DAYS AGO
There are 342 days remaining in our countdown to Christmas and today we celebrate the birthday of Cary Grant. On this day in 1904 Archibald Alexander Leach was born in Horfield, Bristol, England. His life travels and work would take him to America an...

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Changing the Logo For a Birthday

24 DAYS AGO
I had a conversation with a reporter about our history a while back. She was asking about the decision to name the site and what specifically is meant by the word “My” in MyMerryChristmas.com. What she was getting at was it appeared I was...

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David Bowie Day

29 DAYS AGO
Today is David Bowie Day in our Countdown to Christmas, there are just 349 days remaining. Bowie passed away today at the age of 69. It is hard not to compare David Bowie to his Christmas duet partner, Bing Crosby today, odd as that is to say. They h...

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When China celebrates, rest of world benefits

-1 DAYS AGO
The Spring Festival traditionally is the most important time of the year for family reunion, but as China has become prosperous, an increasing number of wealthy Chinese are opting to travel abroad, which translates into big business for global retail...

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JAMES ASHTON: Banks take a kick in the CoCos

-1 DAYS AGO
They are conveniently forgetting that banking these days involves less risk and bigger buffers. To some extent, the European Central Bank only has itself to blame. Its first efforts to assess balance sheet risk in the wake of the financial crisis mig...

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How long is the doctors' strike and will you be affected? Everything you need to know about the walk out

-1 DAYS AGO
Despite the name, junior doctors are not always junior. They are doctors below the consultant level and many have 10 years’ experience. They have a starting salary of 22,636 - below the average national wage of 26,000 but they are paid extra for anti...

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Ranieri: My pact with players has been the secret of our success

-1 DAYS AGO
Leicester: Claudio Ranieri has revealed the -secrets behind Leicester City’s remarkable season, insisting the Premier League’s surprise story “gives hope to everybody”. In a wide-ranging interview, the Italian offered an intriguing insight into Leice...

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Body of missing NSW man believed found

-1 DAYS AGO
A body believed to be that of a man missing after a car accident on Christmas Day has been found in regional NSW. John Shaw, 45, was last seen leaving a family lunch about 3.30pm on December 25 and his white ute was found on its roof on the Oxley Hig...

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Macomb Eastpointe mom's trial in newborn's death set for March Eastpointe mom's trial in newborn's death set for March Angela Alexie's attorney is challenging whether her statements to police can be used during her trial in Macomb County. Macomb 15 minute

1 HOUR AGO
The defense attorney for an Eastpointe mother accused of murder in the death of her newborn after he was left in an unheated residential garage before Christmas in 2014 is asking for her statements to police not to be admitted at her trial next month...

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Trump's twist on compassionate conservatism

1 HOUR AGO
Shawn changes motor oil for a living at Valvoline Instant Motor Oil and complained that the lack of well-paying jobs in the South has made it difficult to keep up with the cost of living. His wife Virginia, who used to work as a hotel maid, said she'...

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North Pole Radio News Will Syndicate

2 MONTHS AGO
Now you can get North Pole Radio News for your radio station. Add the news from the North Pole in tracking Santa around the world to your Christmas Eve programming — it’s free! Kringle Radio is proud to announce that

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Kringle Radio Announces 3rd Year of Santa Tracking

4 MONTHS AGO
Due to the success of last year’s epic 50-hour broadcast of Santa Around the World Kringle Radio is pleased to announce a repeat performance in 2015, beginning on December 23rd at 6:00 am EST. The worldwide event is presented in

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