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Carville to GOP: You have a disaster on your handsupdated: Sat Jan 21 2012 14:41:00

Memo to Republican Establishment:

Why women lie to their kids updated: Tue Jan 17 2012 08:00:00

Smell that? Yeah, it's my pants on fire.

Police: Christmas gunman called 911updated: Thu Dec 29 2011 12:06:00

Police say a man dressed as Santa Claus called 911 from a Texas apartment where seven people were killed on Christmas Day.

Police: Texas gunman called 911updated: Thu Dec 29 2011 12:06:00

A man dressed as Santa Claus called 911 from a Texas apartment where seven people were killed on Christmas Day, whispering "I am shooting people" on a haunting recording, police said.

Bodies of 6 victims, suspected gunman ID'd in Texas shooting updated: Tue Dec 27 2011 20:03:00

Medical examiners on Tuesday confirmed the identities of six people slain at a Christmas gathering in a Dallas-Fort Worth suburb, along with a man dressed as Santa Claus who is believed to have shot them and then himself.

Police seek motive in Texas family deathsupdated: Mon Dec 26 2011 19:39:00

Autopsies were being conducted Monday on seven family members who were fatally shot by a man dressed as Santa Claus at a Christmas gathering, police said.

CNNMoney: Ho ho hum! Santa Claus rally for bonds onlyupdated: Thu Dec 15 2011 12:58:00

If you were hoping for a Santa Claus rally in stocks, you might need to leave out some more milk and cookies.

When classmates let the secret out of the sleigh bagupdated: Fri Dec 09 2011 08:07:00

When out on the playground, there arose such a clatter -- because little Tommy told all his classmates there was no such thing as Santa Claus.

It's the most wonderful (TV) time of the yearupdated: Thu Dec 01 2011 11:29:00

What would Christmas be without Zuzu's petals?

Rockefeller Center tree lightingupdated: Thu Dec 01 2011 11:29:00

The Rockefeller Center Christmas tree was lit by NYC Mayor Bloomberg and Tishman Speyer CEOs Jerry and Rob Speyer.

Annual Macy's Thanksgiving parade boasts host of new balloonsupdated: Thu Nov 24 2011 13:03:00

The Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade, as much a holiday tradition as turkey, football and dinner table debates, celebrated its 85th anniversary with a host of new floats and balloons that began making their way down New York City's streets Thursday morning.

Americans get in holiday spirit with Thanksgiving paradeupdated: Sun Nov 13 2011 09:40:00

Hard times continue for many Americans, but they will get a respite from all the gloom, with a reminder that the holiday spirit is upon us with the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade -- a tradition through good times and bad, celebrating its 85th anniversary.

CNNMoney: The third quarter is over. Good riddance!updated: Fri Sep 30 2011 13:36:00

"Father Christmas, give us some money!"

Getting over the unfairness of lifeupdated: Mon Sep 26 2011 11:27:00

The year I turned seven, I discovered the unpredictability of the universe. Six had been a pretty solid age -- I was a frog in the class play, my hair grew long enough for barrettes -- but after my seventh birthday, in December 1986, the unfair surprises started and kept on coming: the true identity of Santa Claus, a case of chicken pox, summer camp.

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."

CNNMoney: Stocks end the day mixedupdated: Tue Dec 28 2010 16:43:00

U.S. stocks ended the day mixed Tuesday as investors mulled a disappointing report on consumer confidence and ongoing weakness in the housing market.

Two deaths possibly linked to Southern California stormsupdated: Fri Dec 24 2010 19:08:00

Federal officials are investigating whether this week's Pacific storms caused a pilot to crash his small plane into a mountain in a southern California state park, authorities said Friday. It is the second death that might be related to the storms.

Geek-tastic giftsupdated: Wed Dec 22 2010 12:54:00

It's crunch time for Christmas shoppers, so what to buy for the geek in your life? CNN's Kristie Lu Stout has ideas.

Rounding up advice on gift etiquetteupdated: Wed Dec 22 2010 12:54:00

Santa Claus faces one easy gift decision: naughty or nice. Nice kids get gifts, naughty ones don't.

Saint Nick's legacyupdated: Wed Dec 22 2010 10:54:00

CNN's Ivan Watson explores the hometown of the man who inspired the legend of Santa Claus.

Turkish town cashes in on Saint Nick legacyupdated: Wed Dec 22 2010 10:54:00

The hometown of the man who inspired the legend of Santa Claus is a long way from the snow and arctic lights of the North Pole.

10 surprising books for holiday readingupdated: Wed Dec 22 2010 09:12:00

After all the celebrating, overeating and overdrinking with friends and family, sitting down quietly with a good book could be just the thing you need.

Can Santa save Christmas in Washington?updated: Sat Dec 18 2010 09:40:00

I'm not a Christian, but like many Jews, I've envied Christmas since childhood. I like the twinkly lights, pink-cheeked carolers, heartwarming television specials, and exuberantly ho-ho-ho-ing Santa Clauses ... pretty much everything except the endless renditions of "Jingle Bells" warbling from every audio speaker in the country. Ryan Gosling's Mom Still Believes in Santa Clausupdated: Wed Dec 15 2010 11:29:00

"We tried to break it to her once, but she wasn't having it," the actor says of his mother's willful suspension of disbelief

Santa truth: Your kid may already knowupdated: Tue Dec 14 2010 10:12:00

The government's air defense system tracks Santa's progress on Christmas Eve. The United States Postal Service even accepts letters to the North Pole.

Geeks' most beloved holiday classicsupdated: Fri Dec 10 2010 23:00:00

There's Rudolph and Frosty, the Grinch and Charlie... Ralphie, George Bailey, Clark Griswold and Buddy. But do you recall the geekiest holiday specials and movies of all?

CNNMoney: Yes Virginia, there is a Santa Claus rallyupdated: Wed Dec 08 2010 13:49:00

Lower tax rates may not get the economy back on track again. But they may spare investors from a nasty little sell-off at the end of the month.

CNNMoney: Foreclosure freeze coming for the holidaysupdated: Fri Dec 03 2010 15:34:00

Several of the big mortgage players are playing Santa Claus again this year, saying they will not evict borrowers in default during the two weeks surrounding Christmas. FIRST LOOK: Train Gets Jolly with New 'Shake Up Christmas' Videoupdated: Tue Nov 30 2010 17:28:00

The band's new music video boasts live footage and a special guest star: Kris Kringle! POLL: Which Hot New Album Will You Buy This Week?updated: Tue Nov 23 2010 17:32:00

There's plenty to choose from, including Jessica Simpson, Kanye West and the Burlesque soundtrack

Giant train set delivers smilesupdated: Mon Jan 18 2010 11:51:00

Photojournalist Bethany Swain takes us for a ride on a special holiday express.

Tiny trains bring big smilesupdated: Mon Jan 18 2010 11:51:00

Children point at the glass as a long train rounds the bend and Thomas the Tank Engine passes overhead. Outside, a flashing red signal tells neighbors it's time to hop aboard.

Behind the scenes: NORAD's Santa trackerupdated: Thu Dec 24 2009 12:16:00

Last Christmas Eve, Jeff Martin found himself forced to explain to a Canadian general why, when Santa Claus passed through Toronto, Ontario, that night, Google Maps had placed the city in the United States.

Songs show we all need a little Christmasupdated: Wed Dec 23 2009 15:31:00

What is it about Christmas music that enters our very souls, calms us and even gets us to do things that are right for humanity? This music even has the ability to make us like our old Aunt Emily. If there were a marketing campaign for Christmas, it would be the most successful campaign ever devised.

New Yorkers party for a purposeupdated: Thu Dec 17 2009 09:54:00

It could have been any other night at the Aspen Social Club in midtown Manhattan, except on this evening more than 100 New Yorkers mixed, mingled and sipped free booze for the worthy cause of providing toys for kids in need.

Music stars' favorite holiday traditionsupdated: Tue Dec 15 2009 18:04:00

Every family has its own set of holiday traditions. Some spend the day opening gifts and stuffing themselves with turkey, while others volunteer at soups kitchens, sing in the church choir or take in a movie.

Ten ways to become a better personupdated: Mon Feb 09 2009 11:35:00

1. Pack your lunch: Instead of spending $10 on a sandwich that you don't really enjoy, bring your lunch from home -- you'll save money (which can then be spent, guilt-free, on martinis at the end of the week), you'll hopefully eat healthier, and you can use up leftovers instead of letting them rot away in your fridge.

CNNMoney: Stocks recharge rallyupdated: Tue Jan 06 2009 17:47:00

Stocks rallied Tuesday as investors looked beyond the Federal Reserve's dour outlook on the economy and instead scooped up shares hit in last year's big selloff.

CNNMoney: How to make money with rates at zeroupdated: Wed Dec 17 2008 16:03:00

Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke may eventually be hailed as an economic Santa Claus if the Fed's dramatic rate cut helps bring an end to this recession.

Spectacular Christmas destinationsupdated: Thu Dec 04 2008 10:18:00

'Tis the season to plan your holiday vacation or start thinking about next year's festive getaway. Looking Ahead to a Blue Christmasupdated: Tue Oct 07 2008 06:00:00

With consumer confidence plummeting, the holiday shopping season could be the leanest in years Carrie, LeAnn and More to Duet with Elvisupdated: Wed Aug 06 2008 20:04:00

Country singers including Underwood and Rimes will sing with the King on an upcoming Christmas album 'Best Santa' Charged With Child Pornupdated: Fri May 09 2008 10:00:00

A rare international alert seeking a man shown in dozens of raw child porn images quickly led to the arrest of a small-time actor who was known for portraying Santa Claus Nicole & Joel Play Santaupdated: Tue Dec 25 2007 11:43:00

With their baby due in January, Nicole Richie and Joel Madden got an early taste of parenthood by treating nearly 200 kids to an early holiday extravaganza. Marty Burns: NBA Power Rankingsupdated: Mon Dec 24 2007 11:53:00

The big fat jolly guy is coming to town. No, not Charles Barkley. We're talking about Santa Claus. Garcelle Beauvais-Nilon: 'You Can't Be Prepared' for Twinsupdated: Tue Dec 18 2007 14:25:00

New mom Garcelle Beauvais-Nilon has a special request for Santa Claus two months after giving birth to twins: "Sleep," she laughs. "All I want for Christmas is sleep."

CNNMoney: Santa may skip Wall Street this yearupdated: Thu Nov 22 2007 08:10:00

Sing it with us: "You needn't watch out. You might as well cry. You might as well pout I'm telling you why. Santa Claus ain't coming to town."

Moviefone Unscripted: 'Bee Movie'updated: Tue Nov 06 2007 12:49:00

Moviefone ''Unscripted'' talks with Jerry Seinfeld and Renee Zellweger about their new animated comedy ''Bee Movie.'' Vince Vaughn: Naughty & Nice for the Holidaysupdated: Mon Oct 29 2007 09:47:00

Vince Vaughn hopes to put the "ho ho ho" back into the holidays with his new movie Fred Claus – in which he plays the older, overlooked brother of the big man in the red suit (Paul Giamatti as Santa). It opens Nov. 9. At a press conference for the comedy, a very unScrooge-like Vaughn, 37, talked of Christmases past, present and future.

Plan your holiday getaways nowupdated: Mon Oct 08 2007 09:20:00

Returning home for the holidays is a long-standing tradition. But these days, that is being turned on its head, as even Christmas-at-home traditionalists travel to spend the holidays at far-flung vacation destinations around the world.

Fortune: Curing the winter bluesupdated: Wed Apr 18 2007 15:42:00

Word comes from a psychologist at the University of Cardiff, which is to be found in Wales, I believe, that this time of the year is empirically proven to be the unhappiest.

CNNMoney: Santa Claus still on Wall Streetupdated: Wed Dec 27 2006 09:25:00

Stocks inched higher in early trading Wednesday as investors looked to extend the end-of-the-year buying spree.

CNNMoney: Investors cheer Santa Claus rallyupdated: Tue Dec 26 2006 16:23:00

Stocks rose Tuesday, in one of the last four trading sessions of the year, as falling oil prices helped offset a weak report on holiday retail sales.

CNNMoney: Santa Claus rally reignitesupdated: Tue Dec 26 2006 15:28:00

Stocks rose Tuesday, in one of the last four trading sessions of the year, as falling oil prices helped offset a weak report on holiday retail sales.

CNNMoney: Santa brings a gift to Wall Streetupdated: Tue Dec 26 2006 13:41:00

Stocks added to gains in light trading Tuesday afternoon as a big drop in oil prices helped offset a weak report on holiday retail sales.

CNNMoney: Guess what? Santa's back on Wall Streetupdated: Tue Dec 26 2006 11:35:00

Stocks posted gains in light holiday-week trading Tuesday as a big drop in oil prices helped offset a weak report on holiday retail sales.

CNNMoney: Stocks struggle post-Santaupdated: Tue Dec 26 2006 10:12:00

Stocks posted slim gains in thin trade Tuesday after a disappointing report on holiday retail sales.

CNNMoney: Stocks struggle higher in post-holiday tradingupdated: Tue Dec 26 2006 09:01:00

Wall Street struggled Tuesday as stocks fought for gains after surging but ultimately disappointing sales over the Christmas weekend.

CNNMoney: Stocks still looking for Santaupdated: Fri Dec 22 2006 16:12:00

Stocks declined in pre-holiday trading Friday, raising concerns about whether Santa will bypass Wall Street this year.

CNNMoney: Stocks slip ahead of holidaysupdated: Fri Dec 22 2006 10:56:00

Stocks slid Friday amid concerns about the health of the economy, although trading was light ahead of the holiday weekend.

CNNMoney: Santa rally slipping awayupdated: Fri Dec 22 2006 09:56:00

Stocks fell in light trading Friday amid concerns about the health of the economy.

CNNMoney: Stocks decline in light tradingupdated: Fri Dec 22 2006 09:09:00

Santa showed few signs of making a visit to Wall Street on Friday as stocks fell in light trading on concerns about the health of the economy.

CNNMoney: Bulls still believe in Santa rallyupdated: Fri Dec 22 2006 06:14:00

The stock rally that has lifted indexes to near record or multi-year highs looks poised to get back on track Friday ahead after a key reading on inflation showed zero increase and a measure of business spending rose more than expected.

The insider's guide to Christmas musicupdated: Thu Dec 21 2006 13:04:00

Bells, choirs, snow machines, children swaying, improbable, disastrous duets... Christmas music has a lot to answer for.

From cold turkeys to white kangaroosupdated: Thu Dec 21 2006 09:11:00

The pervasiveness of western culture means that perceptions of Christmas are in many ways dominated by western customs. Santa Claus, roast turkey, carols, decorated Christmas trees, nativity plays -- these are the defining images of Christmas in Europe and the U.S., and as a result have become the images most commonly associated with the festive season.

Christmas in historyupdated: Mon Dec 18 2006 11:28:00

270: The approximate birth date of St. Nicholas, the model for Santa Claus.

The insider's guide to Santa Clausupdated: Mon Nov 20 2006 03:49:00

(CNN) -- This weekend saw Toronto's annual Santa Claus Parade, one of the largest events of its kind in the world. With Christmas fast approaching, and overweight men with big beards and fur-trimmed red trousers enjoying their brief yearly window of social acceptability, we tell you everything you need to know about Santa and his festive grotto.

CNNMoney: Bitter end?updated: Fri Dec 30 2005 05:43:00

So much for a Santa Claus rally -- U.S. stock markets are poised for another sour session Friday, putting the Dow industrials at risk of a losing year in 2005's final session.

CNNMoney: Small gains, not enoughupdated: Thu Dec 29 2005 09:24:00

Stocks struggled to stay positive Thursday morning as investors welcomed lower oil prices, but played it cautious ahead of key reports on housing and manufacturing, due shortly.

CNNMoney: Santa rally durable?updated: Fri Dec 23 2005 05:47:00

Investors are watching Friday to see if key economic reports on the last trading day before Christmas will be enough to support the long-awaited "Santa Claus" rally.

CNNMoney: Watching for Santaupdated: Thu Dec 22 2005 05:14:00

Stocks will try to extend their recent gains as investors wait for the traditional year-end "Santa Claus" rally.

CNNMoney: Stocks snap backupdated: Wed Dec 21 2005 09:06:00

Stocks opened higher Wednesday as investors shrugged off a revision to economic growth and looked to break a four-session losing streak.

Money Magazine: Do the Right Thingupdated: Thu Dec 01 2005 00:01:00

Q A business associate of my husband's recently gave us a large, decorative ceramic bowl as a gift. Since we don't happen to care for it, would there be anything wrong with giving it to some friend...

December's show: 2006 wish listsupdated: Mon Nov 28 2005 07:28:00

What is on your 2006 wish list when it comes to business travel?

CNNMoney: Hoping Santa Claus staysupdated: Wed Nov 23 2005 12:07:00

Santa Claus arrived a bit early on Wall Street this week in the form of the Federal Reserve.

CNNMoney: Is re-gifting okay?updated: Mon Nov 21 2005 11:16:00

A reader writes...A business associate of my husband's recently gave us a large, decorative ceramic bowl as a gift. Since we don't happen to care for it, would there be anything wrong with giving it to some friends for Christmas? The bowl is perfectly nice, just not to our taste.

CNNMoney: Weirdest workwearupdated: Fri Oct 21 2005 12:20:00

What's the strangest outfit or article of clothing you have ever seen anyone wear at work?

CNNMoney: A strong finish for 2004?updated: Sun Dec 26 2004 11:50:00

The New Year is still a few days away, but Wall Street already seems to have popped the champagne corks and pulled out the party hats.

CNNMoney: Stocks get in the spiritupdated: Tue Dec 21 2004 08:52:00

Stocks climbed early Tuesday as strong quarterly earnings from two large Wall Street banks helped cheer investors looking for a traditional 'Santa Claus' rally.

CNNMoney: Desperately seeking Santaupdated: Tue Dec 21 2004 05:54:00

Investors will be looking to see if there'll be a 'Santa Claus' rally after all this year with just four days left until Christmas, following the market's big run up since late October.

CNNMoney: 'Tis the season to be tacky?updated: Wed Dec 01 2004 13:18:00

If your neighbor installs an 8-foot tall inflatable Santa in the front yard every December, look on the bright side: At least that plastic Mr. Claus isn't mooning anyone.

Review: 'Polar Express' a creepy rideupdated: Wed Nov 10 2004 09:10:00

This season's biggest holiday extravaganza, "The Polar Express," should be subtitled "The Night of the Living Dead." The characters are that frightening.

Fortune: Deck the Halls With Desperationupdated: Mon Dec 30 2002 00:01:00

Scantily clad men shakin' it in boxer shorts. Sailors in U.S.S. Target uniforms. Buff soap opera actors heating up local malls. Nope, it's not your imagination--over-the-top holiday promotions were...

Fortune: Not So Spiffy Shopping for consumer electronics is confusing enough. But with many salesmen bucking for hidden updated: Mon Mar 05 2001 00:01:00

The young sales droid steered me toward a wall of computer monitors, pointed to one that appeared to have been designed by Klingons, and oozed, "This is the one I would buy if I were you." Seeing t...

Fortune: What Happens to Mail for Santa Claus?updated: Mon Jan 08 2001 00:01:00

This time of year, Santa is everywhere--holding court in local malls, collecting change on street corners, and ho-ho-hawking used Cadillacs on TV. You'll forgive him if he's too busy to answer all ...


Monsanto CEO Bob Shapiro leans across his black marble desk in Creve Coeur, Missouri, and extols that ultimate hierarchy buster, E-mail. "I love it," he says. "I'm directly connected with 25,000 of...

Fortune: Les Americains invade Cannesupdated: Mon Jun 10 1985 00:01:00

The 38th annual Cannes Film Festival opened with a distinctive American flavor: four of the 19 films shown officially were made in the U.S., compared with two last year. American filmmakers flocked...

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