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Christmas wreaths decorate the exterior of the White House

'We The People' Is The White House's Theme For The Holidays

Jill Biden chose a holiday theme to remind Americans of what unites them. The decorations will be unveiled during an event Monday.

 | AP

Santa Claus waves from atop a float.

Operation Santa: How You And The USPS Can Help People In Need

Operation Santa has helped deliver gifts from Ol' Saint Nick to kids of all ages. And over the years, the process has moved online.

 | Aimee Reece and Lindsay Tuchman

Santa Claus waves from atop a float.

Naughty Or Nice: Potential Santa Shortage This Christmas Season

The demand for Santa Claus and all his helpers is up by over 30% from last year.

 | Stephen Graddick IV and Aimee Reece

A plate of food.

How to Extend the Shelf Life of Food Beyond the 'Best By' Date

Expiration confusion is one of the top causes of food waste. Here are some ways you can extend the life of products beyond the "best by" date.

 | Amber Strong

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How To Avoid Online Scams This Holiday Season

Experts say online scams around the holidays are growing because of Americans' increased reliance on e-commerce for shopping.

 | Tyler Adkisson

President Joe Biden, center, standing next to Nantucket Fire Department Chief Michael Cranson.

Biden Brings Thanksgiving Pies To Nantucket First Responders

President Joe Biden has a more than 40-year tradition of spending Thanksgiving on the Massachusetts island.

 | AP

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FeedingNYC Has Fed 100,000 Families Since 2001 For Thanksgiving

FeedingNYC, a non-profit organization, provides hundreds of meals to shelters that include migrant families.

 | Axel Turcios

Mariah Carey performs at the 82nd Annual Rockefeller Center Christmas tree lighting ceremony

When Is It Too Early To Play Christmas Music?

When is it too early to ring in the holiday season on speakers and over the airwaves?

 | Patrick McGovern

Shoppers exit a Claire's accessories store advertising sales ahead of Black Friday.

Holiday Shopping Kicks Off With Inflation Dampening Spirits

Shoppers are dipping more into their savings, turning increasingly to “buy now, pay later” services.

 | AP and Stephanie Sandoval

The Ada Twist, Scientist balloon floats past Radio City Music Hall.

High-Flying Balloon Characters Star In Thanksgiving Parade

This year’s Macy's Thanksgiving parade will feature 16 giant balloons, 28 floats, 40 novelty and heritage inflatables.

 | AP and Scott Withers

A "SELL BY" date is seen on a package of Milano cookies, Sunday, Aug. 21, 2022, in Chicago.

The Impact Of Food Waste Spans Beyond The Kitchen

Americans waste anywhere from 30% to 40% of food that's produced in the U.S., says an environmental science professor at American University.

 | Amber Strong

A mule deer grazes along a road along Chatfield Reservior late Sunday, Oct. 9, 2022, in Littleton, Colo.

Hunters In New Jersey Help Feed The Hungry This Holiday Season

Over the last decade and a half, Hunters Helping the Hungry has delivered 2.2 million quarter-pound servings of fresh venison to families.

 | Sam Eaton

A U.S. Postal Service worker

How Contract Post Office Closures Affect Communities

Some post offices are run by contractors — and if the contract stops, so does the mail.

 | Maritsa Georgiou

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The Potential Future Of Daylight Saving Time

Right now, 19 states have legislation in place to adopt daylight time year-round if the Sunshine Protection Act becomes law.

 | Brandi Scarber

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Pet Cat Discovered In Luggage By TSA X-Ray At Airport

Luckily for this kitty, he made it back home safely after he was found among the checked baggage at JFK.

 | Marie Rossiter

Cat being held.

Cats Know Your Voice And Can Tell When You're Talking To Them

Research just proved what a lot of cat owners already know —they're not as aloof as people think they are.

 | Simplemost and Bridget Sharkey

Travelers at an airport.

Holiday Travel Rush Is Back With Some New Habits

AAA expects more than 54 million people to travel at least 50 miles from home in the U.S. this week, a 1.5% bump over Thanksgiving last year.

 | AP and Scott Withers and Scripps News Staff

A turkey

What Are Giblets, Anyway? Here's How To Cook With Them On Thanksgiving

This oft-overlooked bit of turkey meat can make for flavorful additions to Thanksgiving dinner.

 | Marie Rossiter

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How To Snoop Around In Your Phone If You Think Someone Has Used It

If you suspect others have been accessing your cellphone, you can take a few easy steps to learn what they were up to on your device.

 | Tricia Goss

A cooked turkey is shown.

Food Prices Are Affecting Many Americans' Typical Thanksgiving Meal

As Thanksgiving approaches, inflation isn't the only reason the holiday dinner may be more expensive this year.

 | Stephen Graddick IV

, Tuesday, Sept. 27, 2022, in Phoenix, as they join others across the country picketing for better pay and job safety

Are Airlines Prepared For Holiday Travel?

Will airlines be ready for the holiday rush after a summer bummer?

 | Lauren Magarino

A sale sign tops flats filled with cans of jellied cranberry sauce

Why Do We Eat Cranberries At Thanksgiving?

How did this fruit end up becoming such a Thanksgiving staple?

 | Meg Hilling

people shopping on Black Friday

Black Friday vs. Cyber Monday Deals: Which Are Better?

Black Friday and Cyber Monday are two of the biggest shopping days of the year. But does one day offer deeper discounts?

 | Tricia Goss

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How To Download Your Twitter Archive And Save Your Tweets

If you're considering leaving Twitter or you're worried about the platform shutting down, this is how you can save your tweets and other account data.

 | Tricia Goss

U.S. President Joe Biden, Naomi Biden,  Peter Neal and First Lady  Jill Biden.

Biden's Granddaughter Naomi, Peter Neal Wed At White House

It is the first White House wedding with a president’s granddaughter as the bride, and the first one ever on the South Lawn.

 | AP and Scripps News Staff

President Joe Biden pardons Peanut Butter, the national Thanksgiving turkey, in the Rose Garden of the White House

Why Do Presidents Pardon Turkeys?

It's a centuries-old tradition with origins that are a little ... feathery. Some believe it started with Lincoln — not the president, but his son.

 | Lauren Magarino

President Biden's granddaughter, Naomi, and her fiancé Peter Neal

Biden's Granddaughter To Exchange Vows In White House's 19th Wedding

Naomi Biden and Peter Neal's wedding will be the first to take place on the South Lawn, but the 19th wedding hosted at the White House.

 | Kellan Howell

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You Can Finally Kick Someone Off Your Netflix—Here's How

Netflix's latest tool is designed to make it easier to log out when you're traveling—but it also makes it easy too boot someone off your account.

 | Tricia Goss

Home for sale.

Average Long-Term U.S. Mortgage Rates Tumble To 6.6%

Mortgage buyer Freddie Mac reported Thursday that the average on the key 30-year rate fell to 6.61% from 7.08% last week.

 | AP and Scripps News Staff

A tip jar with one dollar and five dollar bills and a penny in New York.

Do Income Programs Work?

How much should payments be, how are these programs funded, and most importantly — are they sustainable?

 | Bianca Facchinei