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The real story behind Santa Claus

<b>(CNN) —</b> Don't tell the kids, but we've got Santa Claus all wrong.<p>Countless Christmas songs tell us that Santa is basically the Judge Judy of juveniles. He decides who's been naughty or nice, and doles out presents or punishments accordingly.<p>But historians say Kris Kringle was originally created to …

When Sex Always Hurts: Dealing With Vaginismus

Illustrated by Ly Ngo.<p><b>Diagnosis</b><br>Snoop Dogg was about to perform in the main quad at Columbia University. I was in class and could hear music pumping …

Michael Jackson praised as 'magical person' in AEG lawsuit

It was the Michael Jackson his fans love to remember: a creative genius, a lean, muscular athlete and a doting father.<p>A court case which is expected …

Facebook Home Is A Flop: Employees Know It And Users Don't Like It

The phone launched less than a month ago.<p>Facebook Home is an Android app that adds a Facebook wrapper to your phone's home screen. Instead of the normal app icons, you see Facebook's Cover Feed, a moving slide show of photos and status updates from your Facebook friends. You can like or comment on …

Berlusconi May Face Bribery Charges As Tax Conviction Upheld, Sex Scandal Case Wraps Up

Former Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi’s efforts to claw out of a series of legal quagmires suffered a serious setback this week when a Milan appeals court upheld his conviction on tax fraud charges.<p>Berlusconi was convicted last year for his role in a tax fraud scheme involving a series of …

G7 summit looks to bolster recovery - economy

Manchester United Eye Ronaldo Swoop as Rooney Exit Looms

Link to Media<p>Manchester United are attempting to soften the blow of Sir Alex Ferguson's retirement by launching an astonishing swoop for Cristiano Ronaldo.<p>The <i>Daily Mail</i> are reporting that United Chief Executive David Gill has been in Madrid to meet Jorge Mendes—Ronaldo's agent—to discuss the …

Soccer

Hackers stole $45 million in ATM card breach

NEW YORK — They didn't use guns, masks or even threatening notes passed to bank tellers.<p>But an alleged international gang of cyberthieves managed to steal $45 million from thousands of ATMs in carefully coordinated attacks conducted in a matter of hours, federal authorities charged Thursday.<p>A …

Will Black Women Ever Be Able to Portray Their Own Beauty?

It looks like <i>Vogue Netherlands</i> has added its name to the ever-growing list of fashion magazines employing blackface -- a form of theatrical makeup popularized in the 1800s in minstrel shows, in which white performers negatively caricatured African Americans for entertainment. In a recent spread for …

14-Year-Old Discovers iPad Smart Cover Magnets Can Shut Off Implanted Defibrillators

A fourteen-year-old has discovered that the tiny magnets inside the iPad can inadvertently shut off implanted defibrillators if the device is left on the chest, such as might happen if the user falls asleep with the iPad lying on them.<p>Apple builds magnets into every iPad it sells for use with its …

Kobe Bryant: Mom can't have my stuff

CAMDEN, N.J. -- Kobe Bryant is playing some of his toughest defense yet, demanding his mother keeps her hands off his merchandise.<p>Bryant, the Los …

New Jersey

Here's How Rich You'd Be If You'd Bought Apple Stock Instead Of Its Gadgets

Did you buy an Apple product between those dates?<p>Ever wonder how much money you would have now had you invested in AAPL stock instead of the first iPod when it came out? (That's $399 in 2001).<p>You'd have tens of thousands of dollars (see image).<p>We put 10 of the most popular Apple products of the …

Dennis Rodman calls on Kim Jong-un 'to do me a solid' and free Kenneth Bae

Dennis Rodman, the former basketball star, who forged an unlikely friendship with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un on a recent trip, has appealed for the release of an American sentenced to 15 years.<p>"I'm calling on the Supreme Leader of North Korea or as I call him 'Kim', to do me a solid and cut …

North Korea

Dutch government to probe export of milk formula to China

<b>The Dutch government is investigating a shortage of certain brands of baby formula, as well as potentially illegal exports of the products to China.</b><p>However, the Dutch Economic Affairs ministry said there was no national shortage in the country.<p>Tainted milk scandals in China have created distrust of …

Pope Benedict 'has lost half his weight'

Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI has lost so much weight in the last few weeks that he appears to have shrunk to "half his previous size", according to a German cardinal who visited him.<p>Joachim Meisner, the Archbishop of Cologne, was shocked at how Benedict's state of health had deteriorated, saying he …

Pope Benedict XVI

Did a Female North Korean Traffic Cop Save Kim Jong-un from Assassination?

This article is from the archive of our partner .<p>When you win North Korea's "Hero of the Republic" award, you've probably helped the entire state …

Britain must be ready to 'walk away' from EU, says Boris Johnson

Boris Johnson has said Britain "must be prepared" to "walk away" from the European Union if David Cameron's efforts to strike a new deal with Brussels fail.<p>The Mayor of London said that he has "always been narrowly in favour" of Britain staying in the EU and "particularly of protecting British …

United Kingdom

Mao's granddaughter accused over China rich list

The granddaughter of Chairman Mao has been named on China's rich list, with a fortune of nearly £530 million.<p>Kong Dongmei, 41, is the granddaughter of the Great Helmsman's second wife, He Zhizhen, a sharp shot who was with him during the Long March.<p>Ms Kong was named by her grandfather, who took one …

China

Whoops: Moon Dust From Apollo 11 Lost In Storage For Years

The dust was rediscovered last month in a UC Berkeley warehouse.<p>You'd think moon dust would be something people would keep an eye on since, you know, you have to go to <i>the freaking moon</i> to get it. But somehow, samples retrieved from the 1969 Apollo 11 mission got lost--probably for years--in a …

Prosecutor will seek murder charges for terminated pregnancies in kidnap case

An Ohio prosecutor vowed Thursday to pursue murder charges against the Cleveland kidnapping suspect for terminating the pregnancies of the women he is accused of holding captive for a decade.<p>The prosecutor, Timothy McGinty of Cuyahoga County, also said that he would consider seeking the death …

Uhuru Kenyatta's crimes against humanity trial must be stopped, Kenya tells UN

Kenya's government has launched an international lobbying campaign to have charges accusing its new president of crimes against humanity dropped.<p>The International Criminal Court cases against Uhuru Kenyatta and his deputy, William Ruto, are flawed, threaten regional security and violate Kenyans' …