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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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Plug Pulled On 'Plan B,' House Breaks For Christmas

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In a push to improve quality, Medicare will pay some hospitals more and others, including Boston's Massachusetts General, less. Steven Senne/AP hide caption

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Medicare Starts To Reward Quality, Not Quantity, Of Care

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The foundation of a good pie starts with the crust. iStockphoto.com hide caption

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A Pie-Making Encore: Start With The Perfect Recipe, Serve With Love

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Think your prime rib holiday dinner is more pricey this year? You're right. But maybe not for the reason you think. Todd Patterson/iStockphoto.com hide caption

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Drought, Economics And Your Holiday Feast

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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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Not Your Grandma's B&B: Traditional Inns Transform For Young Travelers

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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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Santa Claus Is Driving To Town

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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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New TSA Standards: Carry On Small Snow Globes And Pies, Keep Checking Jam

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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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Broadway's Profit-Turning, Crowd-Pleasing Christmas Story

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