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I can’t believe what I did to my mother

I took my mother for a large dose of poison last week.Sound crazy?It gets crazier.I actually did it two days in a row.That double dose of poison is a gift. I’m so thankful to have access to pump it throughout her body.What kind of daughter does such a thing?The kind ...

Jordan Hertel of College Corner, Ohio checks his map at a control point during a recent orienteering event. CONTRIBUTED

New Year’s Day orienteering encourages outdoor activity

Orienteering Cincinnati and MetroParks of Butler County will present a New Year’s Day orienteering event on Thursday, Jan. 1 at Camp Timberhill in Butler County from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.The event is designed for everyone — from beginners to those with a more advanced training. It will feature a ...

Zwarte Piet and the Dutch holiday tradition of blackface

Every year during the first week of December, the Dutch celebrate their own unique version of Christmas. Who many know as Santa Claus, the Dutch call Sinterklaas. Where Santa comes from the North Pole on a flying sled, his Dutch counterpart arrives from Spain in a steamboat. And instead of having ...

WATCH: Soldier surprises his daughter for Christmas at school

It will be a Merry Christmas for one girl who was surprised by the return of her father from Afghanistan at St. Benedict’s Moor School in Pittsburgh’s Hill District on Tuesday. Edward Hawthorne, who just got home from his second tour of duty in Afghanistan, couldn't wait to get to ...

Are paper books better than e-books for sleep cycle?

Consider this news a win for proponents of reading traditionally at bedtime —  off of paper, not an electronic tablet. Researchers at Harvard Medical School released a study showing that participants who used light-emitting electronic books, or LE-eBooks, before bed had a harder time falling asleep and staying asleep.  >>Read more trending stories ...

November 28, 2014 Atlanta - Picture shows Coca-Cola Company Headquarters in Atlanta on Friday, November 28, 2014. Coca-Cola reported $233 million in tax breaks in 2011-2013 - almost 15% of its federal tax bill - related to giving its management stock options and restricted stock. HYOSUB SHIN / HSHIN@AJC.COM

Coke's voice mail fizzles, company dumps it for text messages

Want to leave a voice mail for someone working at Coca-Cola?  Good luck.   The soft drink powerhouse has given employees the option to dump landline voice mail inboxes and most of them -- a whopping 94 percent of them, in fact -- have taken the company up on the ...

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Big scams and security threats to watch for in 2015

If 2014 was the year of the credit card hack, what will 2015 be? Here’s an early look at candidates — the scams, hacks and hiccups that could trip up the most consumers next year. 1. Hacked Kitchen Appliances and the Internet of Things Even as our cellphones get bigger, technology ...

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Twitter rolls out first tweet-interactive Christmas Tree, menorah

Twitter users everywhere can control the lights on a New Jersey Christmas tree. The 9-foot Christmas tree and menorah contain nearly 1,000-LED lights that can be turned on and off by tweeting. >> Read more trending stories   Oxford Communications created the display to help charities, towns and businesses and ...

Satanic display goes up at Florida Capitol (PHOTO)

Overcoming a devil of a time with state officials, the Satanic Temple mounted its holiday display Monday in the Florida Capitol Rotunda. http://twitter.com/pbpost/status/547198893231190016 The diorama of an angel falling from cottony clouds into flames went up just down the hall from Gov. Rick Scott’s office. It’s in a spot adjacent ...

North Korea faces Internet outage, U.N. debate after Sony attack

Days after the FBI named North Korea as the perpetrators of a massive hack on Sony Pictures, the isolated country is feeling the heat. "When regimes warn of deadly reprisals against countries condemning their atrocities, as the North Koreans have done, that is precisely the moment when we need to ...

FedEx, UPS try not to repeat last year's Christmas shipping delays

We're probably all guilty of putting off some of our Christmas shopping until the last minute. But while that used to result in a panicked rush to a crowded shopping mall, these days you're more likely to just go online. Last year, FedEx and UPS learned the hard way not to ...

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Celebrate New Year’s with Citrus Champagne Punch

Nothing says celebration like champagne, and in case you didn’t know, New Year’s Eve is National Champagne Day.Generally speaking, the word “champagne” refers to sparkling wine, which achieves carbonation through a second fermentation process, but more specifically it is the magical elixir that comes from the Champagne region in northeast ...

TSA offers tips, precautions during holiday travel

Transportation Security Administration officers found a loaded firearm at the Charlotte airport on Dec. 11. It was the 43rd gun TSA officers have stopped at the airport this year.   The TSA said it would like to remind passengers to check bags before entering checkpoints. Passengers should not be carrying ...

2004, 2000 - George W. Bush.  Former President George W. Bush was named twice as Person of the Year.  in 2000, he was elected as President.  In 2004, he was re-elected and was Commander in Chief as the U.S. military fought in Iraq.  Former U.S. President George W. Bush speaks during a immigration naturalization ceremony held at the George W. Bush Presidential Center on July 10, 2013 in Dallas, Texas. Bush delivered keynote remarks during the naturalization ceremony, where 20 candidates took the oath of allegiance and became American citizens.  (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)

Former president dons Santa's suit, surprises sick children

Since he left the Oval Office, one former president has led a pretty private life, but that hasn't stopped President George W. Bush from leaving his mark on the lives of Americans.  According to The Washington Times, the former president disguised himself as Santa Claus to hand out toys to ...

Elton John shares his wedding with the world via Instagram (PHOTOS)

Can you feel the love tonight? Well, Sunday night, that is. Sir Elton John and longtime partner David Furnish have tied the knot. The couple wed Dec. 21 in a private ceremony at their home in Windsor, and the "Rocket Man" singer invited the world to take part in their special ...

Here's why gas prices in the U.S. are so low

Consider it an early Christmas present. This week, gas prices are their lowest since 2009. The average gas price in the U.S. dipped down to $2.43 and there are stations in 24 states selling gas for under $2 per gallon.  This drop in price is thanks to an oil boom. The high supply has pushed ...

The Lakota East Marching Thunderhawks kicked off the holiday season by participating in the 83rd Annual Hollywood Christmas Parade. CONTRIBUTED

Rob Tanis, band director, Lakota East High School

LIBERTY TWP. — The Lakota East Marching Thunderhawks didn’t travel to Los Angeles to see they stars – they were the stars.The high school marching band kicked off the holiday season by participating in the 83rd Annual Hollywood Christmas Parade. Stevie Wonder served as the grand marshal of the annual ...

Maineville resident Victor Nelson has published his first inspirational children’s book, “Molly’s Secret Garden: In the Beginning.” CONTRIBUTED

Victor Nelson, author of ‘Molly’s Secret Garden’

MAINEVILLE — Lifelong Little Miami resident Victor Nelson has published his first inspirational children’s book.Released earlier this year, “Molly’s Secret Garden: In the Beginning,” takes young readers on a journey back in time to creation.Molly is a young girl living in the big city who dreams of building a secret ...

Prepackaged caramel apples linked to 5 deaths, several illnesses

Health officials are warning consumers to avoid prepackaged caramel apples after they were linked to five deaths and more than two dozen illnesses in 10 states. The CDC says it knows of 28 cases in which people were sickened with the same strains of the bacterial illness listeria, with 26 of them ...

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Top trending YouTube videos

What were people watching on YouTube in the year 2014?  A dog dressed as a spider and a singing nun were tops.  Take a look at what else your friends were watching and talking about online.  <div class="storify"><iframe src="//storify.com/cmgnationalnews/top-10-youtube-videos-for-2014/embed?header=false&border=false" width="100%" height="750" frameborder="no" allowtransparency="true"></iframe><script src="//storify.com/cmgnationalnews/top-10-youtube-videos-for-2014.js?header=false&border=false"></script><noscript>[<a href="//storify.com/cmgnationalnews/top-10-youtube-videos-for-2014" target="_blank">View the story "Top trending ...

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