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House Speaker John Boehner pauses during a news conference Thursday. House GOP leaders abruptly canceled a vote on his measure after they failed to round up enough votes for it to pass. Jacquelyn Martin/AP hide caption

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Blue Moon Crosses Over Lynn Patrick 0:30

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Stay Bright Linda Thompson 0:30

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Theme from Orphans Craig Armstrong 0:06

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Laura's Theme Craig Armstrong 0:30

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Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas (for the film Meet Me in St. Lou Gramercy Brass 0:19

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Innkeepers are combating old stereotypes about bed and breakfasts. The Abbott Room at the Round Barn Farm in Waitsfield, Vt., was renovated in 2009 to reflect more modern tastes. Jumping Rocks hide caption

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Japan Patsan/Taethit Muhan Gita Than Bang on a Can 0:37

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Winter Wonderland Dave Brubeck 0:55

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Opus #14 Dustin O'Halloran 0:22

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Opus #13 Dustin O'Halloran 1:31

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In December, when Boyd Applegate isn't driving his big-rig truck, he dresses up as Santa and hand-delivers gifts under Christmas trees. It's a pastime he's enjoyed for more than 20 years. StoryCorps hide caption

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Here Comes Santa Claus Los Straitjackets 0:11

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Stardust Charlie Christian 0:29

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Shivers [Master Take] [Take] Charlie Christian & Benny Goodman Sextet 0:31

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One of these snow globes doesn't belong onboard. The one on the left, which is about the size of a tennis ball, is permitted in your carry-on luggage. The one on the right is not. Ryan Smith /NPR hide caption

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Big Stuff Jason Moran 0:31

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Kinetic Erik Telford 1:41

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Jordan Gelber plays Buddy the Elf in Elf on Broadway. The limited-run production may not turn a profit immediately, but producers have a multipronged strategy for making money. Joan Marcus/The Hartman Group hide caption

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Sleigh Bells Paul Zaza & Carl Zittrer 0:22

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Carol of the Bells Edward Gerhard 0:55

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