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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 …

In Pakistan school attack, Taliban terrorists kill 145, mostly children

"'God is great,'" the Taliban militants shouted as they roared through the hallways of a school in Peshawar, Pakistan.<p>Then, 14-year-old student Ahmed Faraz recalled, one of them took a harsher tone.<p>" 'A lot of the children are under the benches,' " a Pakistani Taliban said, according to Ahmed. " …

Resignation of Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson unlikely to halt protests

City officials in Ferguson, Mo. were due Sunday to address the resignation of Darren Wilson, the police officer who shot and killed teenager Michael Brown in a confrontation in August that fueled protests in the St. Louis suburb and around the nation.<p>Stephanie Karr, Ferguson city attorney, told the …

Missouri Governor to Triple National Guard Presence in St. Louis Region

Move Follows Violent Night in Ferguson After Grand Jury Declines to Indict Darren Wilson in Michael Brown’s Death<p>FERGUSON, Mo.—Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon Tuesday said he would triple the National Guard presence in the St. Louis region in the wake of widespread violence following a grand jury decision …

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President Obama Calls For A Free And Open Internet, Wants It Reclassified As A Utility

President Barack Obama has come out in favor of net neutrality in a special website and video announcement wherein he lays out his plan for protecting the freedom and openness of the Internet. In a video and letter, he lays out in no uncertain terms that he believes no cable company or access …

'Ebola is man-made', and other crazy conspiracy theories

Is Obama behind the Ebola outbreak? Are planes poisoning us? Is Lady Gaga part of an evil Illuminati plot? The five conspiracy theories you won't believe people believe<p><b>The best conspiracy theories are</b> like enchanting mazes of logic whose thresholds, once crossed, are hard to return from. As …

Here's What North America Would Look Like On Other Planets

You may think you have a good sense of exactly how big Earth is compared to the other planets in our solar system. But clever new illustrations by John Brady, founder of the website Astronomy Central, put the size of our planet in perspective in the starkest way possible.<p><b>(Story continues below</b> …

10 Recent Music Releases To Listen To That Aren't Taylor Swift - PAPER

It's getting hard to escape Taylor Swift since the release of <i>1989</i> -- in addition to conquering radio, she's also taken over the entirety of New York City. But even though it seems like whole world is swept up in Swift-mania, the music world has been quietly pumping out some amazing, non-Taylor …

How man’s best friend could hold the key to anti-ageing

Scientists are targeting a new set of recruits to test anti-ageing drugs: pet dogs. And according to their plans, not any old pooch will do. The researchers want to concentrate their trials on large canines. Golden retrievers, labradors and German shepherd dogs will do nicely.<p>The researchers are …

Toyota AdZone on Hulu

You know it's not just about the game. Watch the the biggest ads of the year and take a look back at the best of years past in the Toyota AdZone on …