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Home prices post biggest annual jump in two years

The recovery in the housing market continues to pick up steam, as home prices posted the biggest percentage gain in more than two years in the latest reading of the closely followed S&P/Case-Shiller index.

'Les Misérables' tops Christmas box office

Lucky for "Les Misérables," it seems moviegoers were in the mood for music this Christmas.

UAE arrests suspected terror cell

Members of a suspected terrorist cell aiming to carry out attacks in the United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia have been arrested, the official Emirates News Agency reported Wednesday.

Starbucks makes political push on fiscal cliff

Starbucks is launching a political campaign this week it hopes will get the attention of Washington policymakers who have been unable to reach a deal to avert the fiscal cliff.

Americans less optimistic of a fiscal cliff deal

As President Barack Obama prepares to cut his Hawaii vacation short and return to Washington, a new poll indicates only half of Americans believe he and Congress will strike a deal to avoid the fiscal cliff by the year-end deadline.

Southern storms to continue after damaging tornadoes

The powerful storms that pounded the South will continue Wednesday, a day after tornadoes ripped through several states

It's not Christmas without glitter

Immediately after my Christmas tree is decorated and the tree lights plugged in, I turn off all the other house lights and sit on the stairs, staring at my gleaming achievement.

First animated Christmas special celebrates 50th anniversary

 Animated television specials are among the most cherished holiday traditions of yuletide revelers young and old.

Holiday tipping: Who to tip and how much

From your child's babysitter to the person who delivers your morning newspaper, tipping those who help you throughout the year has become a holiday tradition.