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It’s Not Always the Thought That Counts with Gift Giving

'Tis the season to be gift giving.

Right?

Well, maybe not.

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Spending Time with Family Matters Most to Us

Before Thanksgiving, I shared about how I thought the perfect gift for your family was to give them your undivided attention.

Well, with Christmas less than two weeks away, that has me thinking about family even more so these days.

As it turns out, spending time with family is what matters most to us. At least according to The Matter More Project.

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Where Do Millennials Still Mostly Shop? Well, the Mall, Of Course

We constantly hear about how online shopping is making things simpler for everyone, and how shopping local is almost passe.

For those uber shoppers -- young women -- that is definitely not so.

How do I know this? Well, I only need to ask the experts at Teen Vogue.

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Michigan State Protests Focus on Columnist George Will’s Rape Stance, Women’s Dignity

An honorary doctorate being awarded by Michigan State University to Washington Post columnist George Will at MSU's fall commencement ceremonies is the focal point of protests in East Lansing today.

More than 800 people had RSVP'd and were expected this morning for protests that were also held earlier this week, according to organizers.

The ignitor is that the protests organizers say Will, who taught at MSU briefly the 1970s. They claim Will has a history of provocative statements and writings compromising and discrediting the severity of rape.

MSU President Lou Anna K. Simon has released a statement saying that while the conservative Will's "visit will be painful for many, ... it does not mean the university wishes to cause survivors of sexual assault distress. And it does not mean we are backing away from our commitment to continuously improving our response to sexual assault."

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Are Any of These Books on Your Shelves or Wish Lists?

Amazon today announced its best-selling books of 2014, just in time for you last-minute Christmas shoppers.

What luck!

"The Invention of Wings," by Sue Monk Kidd, is the best-selling book overall; and John Grisham’s latest novel, "Gray Mountain," is No. 2.

"The Heroes of Olympus Book Five: The Blood of Olympus," by Rick Riordan, is the best-selling kids' and teen-agers' book, followed by "Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul," by Jeff Kinney.

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Detroit Tigers Make Pair of Big Trades

The Detroit Tigers parted ways with Rick Porcello today, trading him to the Boston Red Sox for outfielder Yoenis Cespedes and pitcher Alex Wilson.

The Tigers also added pitcher Alfredo Simon in a separate trade with the Cincinnati Reds.

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Three Largest Charities Are United Way, The Salvation Army and Feeding America, According to Forbes

Forbes magazine does plenty of lists tied to money, the economy and wealth.

This week, it released its list of the top 50 charities in the U.S.

The top three (based on the amount of donations received):

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Device Addiction Grows with Mobile Internet of Things [Video]

Well, this is interesting. Maybe not the reality of it, but its depth, breadth and reach.

According to a new Deloitte survey on mobile consumer trends, we -- as in us U.S. consumers -- are becoming more and more obsessed with our electronic devices. Just call it device addiction.

Some of the facts: Nearly 90 percent check their phones in the first hour of being awake and 23 percent look at their devices up to 50 times a day. Wow.

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‘Sons’ of Anarchy’ Producer Compares FX Show’s Finale to Last Episode of ‘M*A*S*H’

Craig's Note: I have never watched a minute of "Sons' of Anarchy" Nor will I. I just don't care.

The producer of "Sons' of Anarchy" has compared the finale of his show to the last episode of CBS' "M*A*S*H"

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One Direction Named Billboard’s 2014 Artist of the Year [Video]

With the top grossing tour of the year and a No. 1 Billboard 200 album ("Midnight Memories"), One Direction claimed honors as Billboard's 2014 Artist of the Year.

One Direction's "Midnight Memories" included the hit "Story of My Life." The English-Irish group includes Harry Styles, Zayn Malik, Niall Horan, Liam Payne and Louis Tomlinson.

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‘Frozen’ Soundtrack No. 1 Top-Selling Album On Billboard’s 2014 Chart [Video]

No surprise here, but the "Frozen" soundtrack from Walt Disney Records was ranked the No. 1 best-selling album on the 2014 year-end Billboard 200 chart.

It is the first movie soundtrack to reach No. 1 on the year-end chart since "Titanic" in 1998 and is the first Disney soundtrack to top the chart since "Mary Poppins" in 1965, according to Billboard.

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LeBron James Muffs in Meeting Royal Couple

LeBron James is the King, so it only makes sense he met the most known royal couple on the planet. But he also managed to commit a royal snafu in the process.

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