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Date

January 1st, 2015

Santa helps stores ward off Amazon

    It's 5 p.m. at Nordstrom's flagship store in downtown Seattle, and there's a 2 1/2-hour wait to see Santa Claus.

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Pursuing Justice for All

    He is prisoner No. 260. He stares into the camera for his mug shot, head cocked, eyes forlorn of hope. It is the kind of picture that haunts.

    He is 14. His name is George Stinney Jr. He is a child, someone's baby.

    He is a black boy arrested in the murder of two white girls in the rural town of Alcolu, South Carolina.

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People summon holiday spirit and amazing things happen

    The checklist of things we do to make ourselves jolly can make us a little crazy instead.

    Pictures with Santa, Black Friday mortal combat to get a TV too big for our homes, arranging the decorations, plugging in the Griswold-size light displays, baking cookies, mailing cards, and on it goes.

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OPEC Loses Its Clout

    Six years ago, the price of oil went on an incredible roller-coaster ride. In January 2008, oil hovered around $90 a barrel. By July, it had reached $147 a barrel. By the end of the year, it had plunged to under $35 a barrel.

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Liberian 4-year-old suspected of having Ebola endures perilous trek for help

    Darius Bondo was suspected of having Ebola, but no ambulance was coming. Three rivers and a rain forest uncut by roads lay between the skinny 4-year-old in a remote village and transportation to a treatment center.

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Is Vacation Over?

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Hollywood struggles to reflect its audience

    With critical praise for the civil rights drama "Selma," Chris Rock's comedy "Top Five," and the social satire "Dear White People," it looks as if Hollywood has been on a roll this year producing movies showcasing black casts and black directors.

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Conquest Is for Losers

    More than a century has passed since Norman Angell, a British journalist and politician, published "The Great Illusion," a treatise arguing that the age of conquest was or at least should be over. He didn't predict an end to warfare, but he did argue that aggressive wars no longer made sense - that modern warfare impoverishes the victors as well as the vanquished.

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No offense, but happy holidays

    If a war on Christmas actually exists, it began with Bing Crosby and a Jew.

    Crosby and composer Irving Berlin didn’t mean to wage war on Christmas. They meant to have a hit song. “White Christmas” was that.

    In a PBS documentary about Crosby, biographer Gary Giddens calls the song, the most popular recording of all time, the first to secularize Christmas.

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Jeb Bush gives shape to Republican 2016 matchups

    When it comes to products, sports or politics, matchups matter. There's a premium for quality, but whom you're selling to or competing against often affects outcomes.

    That's a useful framework for assessing the 2016 Republican presidential contest at this early stage. If, as all signals suggest, Jeb Bush, the former Florida governor and brother and son of presidents, is about to get in, the race quickly intensifies.

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