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Does this town have the ugliest Christmas tree in America?

It's like "A Charlie Brown Christmas" for some folks in Pennsylvania and they're not impressed.

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Talkin’ turkey: Thanksgiving meal costs barely rise

A decline in turkey prices helped hold down the cost of preparing Thanksgiving dinner.

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U.S. introduces menu-labeling standards for chain restaurants

Sweeping new rules will require calorie counts on menus and establish a national standard for nutrition information.

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Turkey contest gives new meaning to ‘all you can eat’

Competitive eater Joey Chestnut has won a turkey-eating contest, setting a record by devouring an entire bird.

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Pope declares sainthood of 2 Indians, 4 Italians

Pope Francis conferred sainthood on six people on Sunday, praising their "creative" commitment to helping the poor.

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Thanksgiving wines can be as varied as the meal

Thanksgiving dinner includes more than just turkey, so wine experts say there is no perfect food-wine pairing for the traditional feast.

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You’ll shoot your eye out: Top 10 ‘worst’ toys

The annual "10 Worst Toys" list is out, just in time for holiday shopping sprees.

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Does your state have a ‘miserable’ Thanksgiving?

If you live in Ohio, Iowa, or Maine, your Thanksgiving might be more 'fight' than 'festive.'

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Experts: Home, baby cameras not secure worldwide

Experts have a message for anyone with webcams, baby monitors, and home security cameras: change your password now.

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Facebook launches new app for groups

Users will be able to get in touch with their chosen group easier — especially when using a mobile device.

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Sugary drinks still marketed to children

Children are seeing fewer ads for sugary drinks on TV, but they remain a prime target for marketers.

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‘Vape’ is the word of the year

The Oxford English Dictionary has declared "vape" its 2014 word of the year.

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Feds want your phone bill to boost Internet in schools

Would you pay a little more on your phone bill to make sure every child has access to high-speed Internet access at school?

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Facebook wants to get professional with ‘work’

The new site will look like Facebook but compete with professional social networks like LinkedIn.

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The Pope will visit U.S. next year

Pope Francis says he would visit the U.S. next year, his first trip as leader of the 1.2 billion-member Roman Catholic Church.

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Neiman Marcus Christmas Book full of lavish gifts

How about a $6,000 tiger's head under the tree?

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School lunches may be better than those packed at home

A new study shows that lunches packed at home tended to have more calories and fat.

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Facebook again tries to simplify privacy policy

The social media giant is again trying to explain how it targets advertisements to its 1.35 billion users.

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Curry crusts, crazy flavors coming to Pizza Hut

The atypical flavors and new ingredients are part of a menu overhaul set to hit stores Nov. 19.

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How to make cars safer? Remove the driver

Auto designers are trying to use sensors, radar, cameras, and lasers to prevent collisions.

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Ferguson vigil turns into march; protesters shut down part of Route 13

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Planned vigil turned into march; police closed down multiple streets throughout Ithaca

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U.S. to leave more troops in Afghanistan than first planned

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The number of troops in Afghanistan next year will be larger than originally thought to fill a gap left in the NATO mission.

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Faith leaders decry legislative pay hike

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Nuns and other faith leaders are pushing back on efforts by New York state lawmakers to raise their own salaries.

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Tompkins County unemployment dips below 4%

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The Ithaca-area continues to have the lowest unemployment rate in all of New York State, now dipping below 4%.

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Macy’s opening even earlier this Thanksgiving

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Dinner will be cut short: The department store chain will open at 6 p.m., two hours earlier than last year.