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Why We Hold Tight To Our Family's Holiday Food Traditions

We asked for stories of the holiday food traditions your family cherishes. And we learned that many of you are reviving special dishes this year to pay tribute to your heritage and ancestors.

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Writing 'Rudolph': The Original Red-Nosed Manuscript

Few people know about the department store employee who brought Rudolph's story to the world. Like his protagonist, Robert L. May had always felt like a bit of an outcast.

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Detroit Needs Money. Can A 'Grand Bargain' Save The City's Art?

As the city tries to emerge from bankruptcy, the artwork in the Detroit Institute of Arts — a collection appraised at more than $850 million — might wind up on the auction block. But a federal judge mediating Detroit's bankruptcy has a plan that just might keep the art in the city — and reduce cuts to retirees' pensions.

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Harold Bradley: The Guitarist Of Nashville Past

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What's In Store For Commuting's Future? (Hint: There's Hope)

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Air Force's Beloved 'Warthog' Targeted For Retirement

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