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Advent calendars, explained: Where they came from and why they're everywhere now

Sunday, December 11, 2022

What started as a Christmas countdown has increasingly become a retail opportunity. While Advent calendars have evolved over the centuries, they still accomplish some of their original objectives.

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Here's what Sinema's switch from Democrat to independent could mean for the Senate

Friday, December 09, 2022

Sinema's move is unlikely to change the power balance in the Senate, as it comes days after Sen. Raphael Warnock won the Georgia runoff election to give Democrats a 51-49 majority.

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Biden vows to bring longtime detainee Paul Whelan home from Russia too

Thursday, December 08, 2022

The former U.S. Marine has been held in Russia since 2018. As supporters celebrate Brittney Griner's release, they — Whelan himself included — are wondering why he was left behind.

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Zelenskyy and the spirit of Ukraine are 'Time' magazine's 2022 Person of the Year

Wednesday, December 07, 2022

Time honored the Ukrainian president as its 2022 person of the year, citing his leadership at home and on the world stage.

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Jonathan, the world's oldest tortoise, marks his 190th with fanfare and salad cake

Wednesday, December 07, 2022

While Jonathan's exact birthday is unknown, it's estimated he was born in 1832 — before the first photograph of a person and the first postage stamp. He's getting lots of well-wishes on St. Helena.

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Dozens of Taylor Swift fans sue Ticketmaster in the wake of its ticket sale fiasco

Tuesday, December 06, 2022

The lawsuit, filed Friday, alleges fraud and antitrust violations, among other claims. Nearly 400 more people have since shown interest in joining and will be added as plaintiffs, a lawyer tells NPR.

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Ukrainians sing 'Carol of the Bells' at Carnegie Hall, 100 years after its U.S. debut

Tuesday, December 06, 2022

A Ukrainian chorus first performed Shchedryk in the U.S. in 1922. A century later, during another fight for freedom, Ukrainian singers performed the folk song at the site of its North American debut.

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How and why Pantone picked 'Viva Magenta' as its 2023 color of the year

Friday, December 02, 2022

After much research and consideration, the Pantone Color Institute has revealed the color of the year for 2023. It calls Viva Magenta "an unconventional shade for an unconventional time."

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Today's interactive Google Doodle honors Jerry Lawson, a pioneer of modern gaming

Thursday, December 01, 2022

Jerry Lawson would have turned 82 on Dec. 1. Google is celebrating the late engineer with a Doodle on its homepage, made up of several interactive games that users can customize themselves.

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Citing risk to endangered whales, Whole Foods hits pause on Maine lobster — for now

Wednesday, November 30, 2022

Two seafood monitoring groups downgraded Maine lobster's sustainability ratings, prompting Whole Foods to pause purchases. Here's how environmental groups and state leaders are reacting.

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A Florida woman sues Velveeta, claiming its macaroni takes longer than 3 1/2 minutes

Monday, November 28, 2022

Kraft Heinz says its Velveeta Shells & Cheese cups are "ready in 3 1/2 minutes." The proposed class action lawsuit counters that microwaving is one of several steps and seeks $5 million in damages.

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'Peanuts' still brings comfort and joy, 100 years after Charles Schulz's birth

Saturday, November 26, 2022

While Schulz stipulated that the strip would end with him, his iconic characters live on. His widow, Jeannie Schulz, says people still get comfort from the comic because "it talks about humanity."

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Eurovision will now let fans in non-participating countries (like the U.S.) vote

Thursday, November 24, 2022

Eurovision organizers announced a set of new changes that give more power to voters and let more viewers vote.

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Mariah Carey can't be the only 'Queen of Christmas,' the trademark agency rules

Friday, November 18, 2022

Mariah Carey sought to trademark the branding for products, but her request was rejected after a challenge from full-time Christmas musician Elizabeth Chan. Now anyone can be a Christmas queen.

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Taylor Swift says her team was assured ticket demands would be met for her Eras tour

Thursday, November 17, 2022

The overload of fans trying to buy Taylor Swift tickets caused major tech issues. The singer responds that her team was assured the demands would be met.

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The FBI alleges TikTok poses national security concerns

Thursday, November 17, 2022

The FBI is concerned that the Chinese government could use TikTok to influence American users or control their devices. The company is working with the U.S. government towards a security agreement.

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A nonprofit says preterm births are up in the U.S. — and it's not a partisan issue

Tuesday, November 15, 2022

March of Dimes' annual report on infant and maternal health drops the U.S. from a C- to a D+, citing a 15-year high in the preterm birth rate. But it also offers some encouraging signs and solutions.

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There are now 8 billion people on Earth, according to a new U.N. report

Tuesday, November 15, 2022

The world's population continues to grow, but at a slower rate as people have fewer children. The U.N. predicts it will not reach 9 billion for another 15 years.

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Sen. Cortez Masto, who gave Democrats the Senate, says people want solutions

Monday, November 14, 2022

Democrats retained control of the U.S. Senate after Sen. Catherine Cortez Masto won reelection in an exceptionally close race. She speaks with Morning Edition about what the race means for her party.

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Anxious while awaiting election results? Here are expert tips to help you cope

Friday, November 11, 2022

Kate Sweeny, who studies the psychology of waiting, says it's normal to stress about uncertainty. Her suggestions for coping include changing your mindset, taking action and finding deep distraction.

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