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People attend the official lighting of a giant Hanukkah Menorah, set up by the Jewish Chabad Educational Center

Why Are There 8 Days Of Hanukkah?

Jews celebrate Hanukkah’s traditions around the world. Why does this festival of lights last eight nights?

 | Alexandra Miller and Max Tracey

The interior of a turbulent Hawaiian Airlines flight.

Hawaiian Airlines Passengers Recount 'Violent Turbulence' On Flight

The National Transportation Safety Board is investigating the flight, which had to make an emergency landing due to numerous injuries on board.

 | AP and Scripps News Staff

A person shops for vegetables at a grocery store.

Why Vegetable Prices Are So High In The U.S.

A number of factors are to blame for the extra-high price tags on vegetables lately.

 | Tricia Goss

The Eight Crazy Nights pop-up bar

Chicago Bar Transforms Into Hanukkah Hot Spot During The Holidays

The owners of a Chicago bar say their Hanukkah pop-up bar is the first and only place to host such a thing in the city.

 | Ben Schamisso

The WhatsApp logo

Is WhatsApp Safe? Here's What You Need To Know

It can be a safe communication tool when you use it wisely and take precautions to protect your privacy and security. Here's how.

 | Tricia Goss

People carry shopping bags

Why Do We Procrastinate Holiday Shopping?

Two psychology professors break down why some people wait until the last minute to buy holiday gifts for their loved ones.

 | Casey Mendoza and Simon Kaufman

A man holds a sign during a news conference on the Child Tax Credit

Decision On Long-Shot Push For Revised Child Tax Credit Expected Soon

Some lawmakers are trying to sneak a version of the expanded child tax credit back into law by including it in the federal budget.

 | Joe St. George

The beginning of the New Year is celebrated in New York's Times Square just after the stroke of midnight.

How Science Can Help You Stick To That New Year's Resolution

On average, Americans stick to their New Year's resolutions for 32 days. But there are ways to break the mold.

 | Dan Grossman

A couple hikes the new extension of the San Francisco Bay Trail.

Infla-Dating: Dating On A Budget During Inflation

What is "infla-dating," and are people actually overextending themselves financially on the dating scene?

 | Lea Herring

A person shops at a grocery store.

Save Money On Your Holiday Feast Despite Skyrocketing Grocery Prices

While saving money will be tougher this year, experts say there are still ways people can reduce their grocery bills.

 | John Matarese

People holiday shopping at small business.

Americans Cut Back On Spending This Holiday Season

High inflation isn’t stopping people from shopping. But families are being mindful, and for some, that might mean buying less this year.

 | Stephanie Sandoval

Happy Kwanzaa

Why Are There Seven Candles For Kwanzaa?

Seven days and a new candle for each one — that's the years-long tradition of Kwanzaa.

 | Lauren Magarino and Brandi Scarber

American Airlines planes.

Report: These Are The Best Airlines In The World In 2022

AirHelp, an air passenger rights organization, compiles data annually rank airlines on customer service, claims processing and on-time performance.

 | Tricia Goss

Gift cards on a stand

How To Avoid A Gift Card Scam That Could Ruin The Holidays

Scammers are draining gift cards before recipients can use them. Here's how to identify signs of gift card tampering.

 | John Matarese

Holiday decorations, including stockings, are seen at the Vice President's residence

Why Do We Hang Stockings Around Christmas?

Stockings are a Christmas decoration staple. But why do we hang these garments this time of year?

 | Lauren Magarino and Patrick McGovern

Sand Creek Massacre National Historic Sign sign

There's An Increase In U.S. Historic Site Tourism

Consultancy Longwoods International's CEO says more people are traveling for the purpose of drawing their own conclusions on American history.

 | Vanessa Misciagna

The Screen Record button on an iPhone

How To Screen Record On Your iPhone

Grabbing a video clip from your iPhone's screen lets you capture a webinar, create a tutorial or save something funny to share later on social media.

 | Tricia Goss

A student holds a sign following a Black Lives Matter rally.

Black Lives Matter Creates Student Debt Fund As Federal Relief Stalls

Black Lives Matter hopes a $500,000 fund will offer some assured relief to current or former students waiting for loan forgiveness.

 | James Packard

Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell.

Fed Raises Key Rate By Half-Point And Signals More To Come

Policymakers forecast that their key short-term rate will reach a range of 5% to 5.25% by the end of 2023.

 | AP and Scripps News Staff

The cast of "Someway, Somehow" practices on stage.

Maryland Church Draws Star-Studded Cast For Its Christmas Musical

A Maryland church's annual Christmas play "Someway, Somehow" unites Broadway and Sunday service, complete with an award-winning cast.

 | Amber Strong

Alana Story

Strangers Rent A Van And Travel 10 Hours Together From Florida

Some of the passengers said they were trying to get to Knoxville for a conference and one family was scheduled to visit the University of Tennessee.

 | Scripps National

Charles Graves dressed as Santa Claus.

Why Is Santa Claus Dressed In Red?

Early depictions show Santa Claus in yellow, green, even stars and stripes. So why do we always see jolly old St. Nicholas dressed in red?

 | Casey Mendoza and Simon Kaufman

Monroe County Sheriff's Office Colonel Lou Caputo costumed as the Grinch.

Deputy Dressed As Grinch Gives Onions To Speeding Drivers

Col. Lou Caputo is a 37-year veteran of the Monroe County Sheriff's Office in Florida and conjured up the concept more than 20 years ago.

 | AP

Woman shopping for produce at a grocery store.

Fed Set To Extend Inflation Fight With 7th Rate Hike Of 2022

The Federal Reserve is expected to impose more rate hikes next year than it had previously forecast to combat the worst inflation in 40 years.

 | AP

Bottles of McArthur Dairy Eggnog, a Dean Foods brand, are displayed at a grocery store.

Why Do We Drink Eggnog?

Because of its seasonal spices, eggnog became associated with the holidays and is now mostly consumed in November and December.

 | Simon Kaufman and Lauren Magarino

People shop for groceries at a produce market.

U.S. Inflation Drops To 7.1% Over Past 12 Months

November consumer prices dropped sharply from 7.7% in October, but grocery prices remained a troubled spot last month, rising 0.5%.

 | AP

Wendy's Frosty Key Tag

Wendy's Frosty Key Tags Are Back — Pay $2 To Get Free Frostys All Year

Wendy's Frosty key tags let you pay $2 now (benefitting the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption) to get free Jr. Frostys through next year.

 | Kaitlin Gates

A wedding dress with an embroidered marijuana leaf on the front.

At Weed Weddings, Couples Bring Cannabis Into Their Celebration

In states where recreational marijuana is legal, couples and wedding vendors have found creative ways to add a cannabis twist to some traditions.

 | Emily O'Brien

a stack of credit cards

Feds Warn Of Dangers Of Buy Now, Pay Later

Buy now, pay later companies are giving people extra credit, but the government warns there are some downsides — fees, charges and data harvesting.

 | Cat Sandoval