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Arts & Life
6:18 am
Sat December 13, 2014

It's Ugly Christmas Sweater Season — Share Your Best (Bad) Attire

So bad it's ... good? Consumer appetite for ugly Christmas sweaters — the tackier, the better — has had an impact on how retailers stock for the season.
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Originally published on Sun December 14, 2014 6:56 pm

Looking for a stylish sweater for the holidays? Forget cashmere. Instead, go for the light-up, dancing Santa.

This season, holiday shoppers are demanding the ugliest, gaudiest, tackiest sweaters out there. They need them for ugly sweater parties, ugly sweater fun runs — even an ugly sweater party cruise.

All that demand has had an impact on stores large and small. On the national level, Wal-Mart, Kohl's and Target all sell vintage-looking sweaters with all the bells and tinsel you could want.

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Space
5:12 am
Sat December 13, 2014

Geminids Promise A Light Show In The Night Sky

Originally published on Sat December 13, 2014 9:52 am

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Movie Interviews
5:12 am
Sat December 13, 2014

Finland's HIM Releases Early Work In 'Lashes to Ashes'

Originally published on Mon December 15, 2014 10:07 am

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It is very cold and very dark in Finland this time of year - every time of year, I understand. But there's a band that finds inspiration in that dark and cold. For more than 20 years, the group HIM has been heating up Helsinki nights.

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Strange News
5:12 am
Sat December 13, 2014

London Men Decks Their Beards With Beads And Baubles

Originally published on Sat December 13, 2014 11:21 am

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Middle East
8:38 am
Sat December 6, 2014

American Hostage Killed During Rescue Attempt In Yemen

Originally published on Sat December 6, 2014 8:53 am

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NPR Story
8:38 am
Sat December 6, 2014

Mourning Turns To Protest At Brooklyn Victim's Funeral

Originally published on Sat December 6, 2014 10:07 am

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Space
4:48 am
Sat December 6, 2014

NASA's Orion Capsule Looks And Acts Like Apollo

Originally published on Sat December 6, 2014 8:51 am

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Sports
4:48 am
Sat December 6, 2014

Less Wrestling, More Sport In Roller Derby World Cup

Originally published on Sat December 6, 2014 12:03 pm

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Sports
4:48 am
Sat December 6, 2014

Pro Athletes Show Support For Ferguson Protesters

Originally published on Sat December 6, 2014 8:51 am

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Now it's time for Sports, which can get caught up in real life, too.

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Code Switch
8:41 am
Sat November 29, 2014

A Musical Tribute For A Waiter Who Spoke Out Against Racism

Justin Hopkins sings during a tribute show for Booker Wright, who worked in a whites-only restaurant in the Mississippi Delta.
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Originally published on Sat November 29, 2014 9:05 am

Editor's note: This story contains racial slurs.

A new musical work pays tribute to an unlikely and little-known civil rights activist: Booker T. Wright. You won't find his name in history textbooks. But his story is a testament to the everyday experiences of blacks in the Jim Crow South.

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