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Can scary labels, scary taxes end smoking?updated: Sun Aug 14 2011 09:32:00

On a trip to New York this summer, I was in the newsstand/gift shop of a hotel, and a man in front of me in line was purchasing something. I heard the clerk say to him: "That will be $18.30."

Helpless, as the world gambles your money awayupdated: Sun Aug 07 2011 10:23:00

How do dry economic numbers translate into real human pain?

Defy your age: What truly helps you stay younger inside and outupdated: Tue Jul 19 2011 07:21:00

You have no interest in being 21 again. (Neither do we.) But, oh, wouldn't it be nice to feel 21 again: The energy! The metabolism! The sense of I-can-accomplish-anything-I-set-my-mind-to!

When ads celebrated soldiers and sacrificeupdated: Sun Jun 12 2011 19:44:00

You know that great television commercial you saw from the peanut butter company that wants the world to know how much U.S. troops in Afghanistan love eating its product?

Why did no one notice the boy was missing?updated: Sun May 22 2011 12:25:00

Why did no one miss him? Why didn't anyone seem to even notice he wasn't around?

Bin Laden couldn't change American characterupdated: Tue May 03 2011 12:07:00

There was a moment that came and went quickly during Monday's White House ceremony posthumously awarding the Medal of Honor to two Army privates who were killed in the Korean War.

'God Bless America' sang at Ground Zeroupdated: Tue May 03 2011 12:07:00

Bagpipers sing "God Bless America" with a crowd of people at Ground Zero to celebrate the death of Osama bin Laden.

Spotlight on the queen never fadesupdated: Fri Apr 29 2011 10:33:00

Even as her grandson and his new bride were saying their vows Friday, there she was, being gazed upon by the world.

Maybe we all need a little royal cheerupdated: Sun Apr 24 2011 09:55:00

The happily-ever-after business would not necessarily seem to be a growth industry these days.

The royal wedding guest listupdated: Sun Apr 24 2011 09:55:00

CNN's Zain Verjee shares details of who will be attending the royal wedding.

What a man wears to a royal weddingupdated: Mon Apr 18 2011 10:00:00

CNN's Max Foster goes to one of London's top men's tailors to see what to wear for the royal wedding.

Pioneer who banned smokers at his hotelupdated: Mon Mar 28 2011 11:26:00

First, I wanted to find out if Lyndon Sanders was still alive. Second, I wanted to find out if he was feeling triumphant.

Is 'duck and cover' still the best we can do?updated: Mon Mar 21 2011 07:22:00

How worried are you feeling about radiation?

Presidents aren't Hollywood heroes anymoreupdated: Sun Feb 20 2011 09:21:00

So there is Abraham Lincoln -- Henry Fonda, actually, in a stovepipe hat -- walking toward the horizon as the gorgeous strains of an orchestra swell up behind him. Soon the orchestra is joined by a choir, the strings and the voices blending into a beautiful, almost ethereal, rendition of "The Battle Hymn of the Republic." Thunder crackles in the cinematic sky.

4-star general, 5-star graceupdated: Sun Feb 13 2011 12:05:00

Graciousness can pay priceless dividends.

Why does it take tragedy to unify us?updated: Wed Jan 12 2011 10:24:00

Why does it always seem to take something like this to move us, however briefly, toward civility and mutual understanding?

Is college athletics a sweatshop?updated: Sun Jan 09 2011 09:31:00

On Monday night, with millions of fans watching every play, Auburn will take on Oregon for the national championship of college football.

Murder victims summed up with a labelupdated: Mon Dec 20 2010 06:27:00

A person who dies a violent and newsmaking death is often destined to be defined by a brief label.

Fathers, sons and Don Meredithupdated: Sun Dec 12 2010 08:55:00

Earlier this year I happened upon a movie I had heard nothing about.

What if we had no air security checks?updated: Mon Nov 22 2010 05:35:00

As you are standing in an airport security line this Thanksgiving week, waiting to be funneled into one of the invasive new body-imaging machines, or, if you decline that, to be pulled aside and subjected to a way-too-personal pat-down, ask yourself how you would feel if you lived in a country like this:

TSA chief: Pat-downs will continueupdated: Mon Nov 22 2010 05:35:00

TSA administrator John Pistole says that airport screening procedures will not change because they keep us safe.

Hunger grows in the heartlandupdated: Sun Nov 14 2010 08:53:00

It is one place where they wish that business wasn't booming.

Don't let the view ruin your Wi-Fiupdated: Sun Nov 07 2010 07:46:00

The good news is that you'll still be allowed to look out the window.

Searching with dread for missing childrenupdated: Sun Oct 31 2010 08:37:00

The searchers search, even when they fear that they may fail.

Where celebrity culture was bornupdated: Sun Sep 26 2010 09:29:00

If you should find yourself visiting New York -- or even if New York is where you live -- there is a place I'd like to recommend that you stop by.

Remembering the mine collapseupdated: Mon Sep 06 2010 06:00:00

Families remember the moment they were told a Chilean mine had collapsed and their loved ones were trapped. CNN's Karl Penhaul reports.

Agonizing wait for miners -- and the worldupdated: Mon Sep 06 2010 06:00:00

You wouldn't think the stakes could get any higher.

How to cheat the tax man in 2010updated: Sun Aug 15 2010 08:57:00

Want a hot tip about how to make a financial killing this year?

Lesson of Obama's sky-high ambitionupdated: Sun Aug 08 2010 09:39:00

The throaty, thumping churn of the military helicopter convoy is a sound like no other.

Tortured life of world's greatest athleteupdated: Sun Aug 01 2010 09:26:00

The question is not just whether Jim Thorpe, in death, will ever be allowed to rest in peace.

Image of oil spewing enthralls and repelsupdated: Sun Jun 27 2010 10:24:00

It's beginning to feel like this has been with us forever.

Anyone can play this gameupdated: Sun Jun 20 2010 08:26:00

The enduring beauty of the U.S. Open has little to do with the golf course on which it is played in a given year.

Are celebrity endorsements worthless?updated: Sun Apr 04 2010 09:41:00

When Butler plays Duke for the national championship of college basketball Monday night, you can count on two things with absolute certainty:

Olympic spirit fails a testupdated: Sun Feb 21 2010 09:29:00

It would have been one of the most memorable moments in the history of the Olympic Games.

The Americans are comingupdated: Wed Feb 17 2010 21:32:00

There was a phrase, or so we have long been told, that was heard in occupied Europe during World War II.

Curse of the instant replayupdated: Sun Feb 07 2010 15:01:00

If you plan on watching the Super Bowl Sunday, there is one aspect of the game that can be predicted with absolute certainty:

The best friendships never dieupdated: Sun Jan 10 2010 10:58:00

If you've ever had a group of friends who have meant the world to you, take a look at the old black-and-white photo that accompanies today's column.

What Americans owe to those who serveupdated: Thu Nov 19 2009 17:23:00

The woman's Halloween costume featured a Third Reich motif.

The fog of war envelops Fort Hoodupdated: Fri Nov 06 2009 12:06:00

It is a phrase that has for centuries been associated with human conflict:

Commentary: Murder in the worst degreeupdated: Sun Sep 27 2009 09:35:00

There are some things we should never allow ourselves to get used to.

Commentary: About that Saturday mail ...updated: Sun Aug 23 2009 09:24:00

You seemed a little bit interested in last Sunday's column: the one about the prospect of Saturday mail delivery being eliminated by the U.S. Postal Service.

Commentary: Beer won't heal this woundupdated: Sun Aug 02 2009 10:38:00

Beer summits at the White House notwithstanding, not all controversies between the police and the citizens they serve are destined to turn into gauzy, orchestrated "teachable moments."

Greene: A lesson from Woody Hayesupdated: Sun Jul 12 2009 07:37:00

The localness of what we did down at the paper defined everything. Even as a kid brand-new to the staff and brand-new to the newspaper business, hired to work during summer vacations, I could tell that.

Commentary: Farrah in the morningupdated: Mon Jun 29 2009 14:57:00

She would come walking across the lawn just after sunrise.

Commentary: Summer could be just around the cornerupdated: Sun May 17 2009 09:51:00

The two guys were wrestling the heavy glass-fronted cooler from the back of a Pepsi truck.

Commentary: A Mother's Day we didn't expectupdated: Sun May 10 2009 09:14:00

This is the Mother's Day we thought was going to be empty.

Should Kirstie apologize?updated: Tue May 05 2009 10:11:00

Showbiz Tonight's AJ Hammer talks with panel members about their reaction to Kristie Alley's apology for her weight gain.

Former model: Fret over being fit, not how you lookupdated: Tue May 05 2009 10:11:00

Celebrities and their bodies. We're obsessed. They're obsessed. And it spills over to how many people feel about themselves. But how much concern over weight gain is about vanity and how much is about critical health issues?

Commentary: Why swine flu scares usupdated: Tue Apr 28 2009 14:21:00

Take a stroll through the aisles of one of the big national chain-pharmacy stores: Walgreens, or CVS, or Rite Aid.

Commentary: John Madden's sweet rideupdated: Sun Apr 26 2009 09:25:00

You've undoubtedly heard that John Madden has left the football broadcast booth. What you may not have heard is that he's not leaving his bus.

Commentary: Where ink on paper is missedupdated: Sun Apr 19 2009 11:58:00

"We have to keep up with the world," said Laurel Selkin, in Rapid City, South Dakota. "This has always been a peaceful, loving haven, a place to sit and reflect and be able to think. That part won't change."

Commentary: Where heroes come fromupdated: Mon Apr 13 2009 10:39:00

There is a beach in Coronado, California, just across the bridge from San Diego. It offers a beautiful view of the Pacific Ocean, which is why it attracts tourists who are drawn to the sun.

Commentary: We owe oldest Americans an apologyupdated: Sun Mar 15 2009 10:30:00

As the country frets about extricating itself from the financial mess, there is one group of Americans to whom the rest of us owe the most sincere words of apology.

Commentary: We'll never know why they killupdated: Thu Mar 12 2009 16:44:00

Carnage in Germany, carnage in Alabama, and one of the most saddening aspects of the killings is this:

Commentary: Paul Harvey, behind the voiceupdated: Mon Mar 02 2009 11:33:00

I've never been one to attend the performances of symphony orchestras, but off and on, for more than 35 years, I gave myself the gift of something even better:

Commentary: The people's right to gawk?updated: Sun Mar 01 2009 12:10:00

There is a sound we have come to take utterly for granted, as instantly recognizable as the reliable resonance of baseball games on the radio, or the timbre of the television weathercaster telling us whether it will rain tomorrow morning.

Commentary: Obama on TV, a blessing and curseupdated: Sun Feb 22 2009 13:09:00

He was one of the relatively few people in the world who couldn't see the picture.

Oprah's gurus talk about her courage, struggle with weightupdated: Wed Jan 07 2009 03:33:00

CNN's Larry King spoke Tuesday evening with a team of fitness and health experts about Oprah Winfrey's latest bout with weight gain, and they reveal how she's fighting back.

Oprah's trainer: How not to gain it all backupdated: Tue Jan 06 2009 21:02:00

Oprah's struggle with her weight has become almost mythic--it's not just that she's been so open and honest about it, but that millions of people share her story.

Seven things you can stop worrying about right now! updated: Sun Aug 19 2007 23:39:00

Whatever's keeping you up at night -- enough already! Give peace of mind a chance with this expert advice.

CNNMoney: Ads appear on dollar billsupdated: Tue Jan 20 2004 16:53:00

Consumers these days endure advertising on the floors of supermarkets, in the sanitary-cakes of urinals, even tattooed onto the heads of college kids.

Fortune: WhataboutU: Would You Fund This Firm?updated: Mon May 15 2000 00:01:00

Last August, in the grand tradition of the Internet, two college buddies, Mat Thomas and Samir Seth, came up with an idea for a dot-com company, and in two months they raised $700,000. It was just ...

Fortune: Flunking the Labor Department, saying ''Huh?'' to Bush, growing up sensibly, and other matters. HURRAY FOR YUPPIESupdated: Mon Aug 13 1990 00:01:00

Your correspondent has not pinpointed the recent epiphanic moment when he suddenly got it all together in his head about yuppies and realized that he was feeling quite affirmative about them. And h...

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