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  • The holiday season generates thoughts and memories relating to families and the home, so it’s no wonder that many holiday-centric movies so prominently feature a home. Some of these beloved homes are figments of set designers’ imaginations. The mundane two-story suburban home of “National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation” was a set, and even the lovely stone farmhouse from the 1945 romantic comedy “Christmas in Connecticut” was a set. Yet some of the familiar homes featured in beloved holiday movies

    Some of the homes featured in beloved holiday movies are real houses, and these homes are located all over the country. Click to see them all.

  • How much does true love really cost? In the popular holiday song "The 12 Days of Christmas," a series of gifts are given by a "true love", but something the song won't tell you is that the cost of these gifts - from the 12 drummers drumming to a partridge in a pear tree - in reality  is quite pricey.Since 1984,  has calculated the real-world cost of the song, or what you would hypothetically pay if these gifts were bought at today's prices. , which is up 1.8% year-over-year to $21,465.56, is a m

    In the popular holiday song "The 12 Days of Christmas," a series of gifts are given by a "true love", but something the song won't tell you is that the cost of these gifts in reality is quite pricey.

  • In November 2011, West Hollywood, Calif., became the first city in the U.S. to ban the sale of clothing made of animal fur. The ban goes into effect in , and animal rights activists are hopeful that it will lead other cities to adopt similar measures and, ultimately, end the practice of using animal fur entirely.If history is any indication, even an all-out nationwide ban on animal fur is unlikely to squelch demand. Rather, the likelihood is that it would simply create a black market for such it

    Many luxury goods have existed for centuries and enjoyed widespread popularity despite official bans. What are some in-demand luxury goods that have been banned?

  • Whether it's running a multinational company or a family business, being the CEO requires a special set of skills. The demands are even greater for those taking the helm at a struggling company. A turnaround boss needs to have a clear action plan and goals, a realistic timeline and the support of the company's board and senior managers. Even the best strategy, however, needs to be accompanied by financial results, whether it’s greater market share, larger profits, a higher stock price or prefera

    Whether it's running a multinational company or a family business, being the CEO requires a special set of skills. So which CEOs have succeeded where others have not? FInd out!

  • The world’s biggest and most important cities aren’t often the best places in which to live. High levels of crime, traffic congestion, and long commutes can worsen the quality of life. So which are the best cities to live in the world?We've put together a list of the world's 15 best cities, according to human resources consulting firm Mercer's 2011 quality of living survey. The annual report looks at living conditions in 221 cities worldwide and ranks them against New York as a base city in 10 c

    So which are the best cities to live in the world?  We've put together a list of the world's 15 cities with the best quality of life.

  • Mamas, why let your babies grow up to be cowboys when they can be political consultants? Herding voters instead of cattle pays better, and if they win, these roving guns generally follow their candidate into a prestigious White House job. If the current crop of top campaign advisers is any measure, neither losing a national race nor burning out on the campaign trail dents your job prospects. Can we tell anything about the candidates from their choice of consultant? A White House hopeful’s pick i

    If the current crop of top campaign advisers is any measure, neither losing a national race nor burning out on the campaign trail dents your job prospects.

  • For many people, the word eating challenge evokes the iconic scene in the movie when John Candy tackles “The Old 96er” to the chagrin of his digestive tract. More recently, the Travel Channel’s has popularized eating challenges, which have increasingly become a strategy for restaurants across the country to make a name for themselves, draw in new customers and simply have fun with their menus. For those testing their fortitude through eating challenges, clearing a plate of outrageously large or

    The following food offerings are pushing the envelope for gastronomic challenges: No individual has yet to cross the finish line.

  • Please pass the peas — and the wallet — Thanksgiving dinner will cost quite a bit more this year. According to the American Farm Bureau Federation’s survey, turkey dinner and all the fixings will cost about $49.20, or about 13 percent more than it did last year. That’s the biggest increase in years. Blame the recent boom in crop and livestock prices, which pushed up the cost of nearly every item on the Thanksgiving shopping list. Prices for commodities have risen due to poor weather, which shran

    Although you may have plenty to be thankful for this year, the cost of Thanksgiving dinner may not be one of them, as the cost has increased from 2010.

  • Despite continuing economic troubles,  this holiday season. According to a new report from AAA, an anticipated 42.5 million will be traveling 50 miles or more, which is 4 percent more than last year.  To find out where the greatest numbers of those Americans will be traveling, Bert Sperling of  looked at airline flight statistics from last year. The resulting top 10 busiest cities are those that have the highest percentage of flights during the holidays. However, the list was not determined just

    Despite continuing economic troubles, more Americans are planning to travel this holiday season. The following top 10 busiest cities are those that have the highest percentage of flights during the holidays.

  • If you love theme park rides, especially roller coasters, get your travel bags packed, because 2012 looks to be a blockbuster year for thrill seekers in North America. From one of the tallest and fastest roller coasters in the world, to what is being dubbed as America’s first “winged” coaster, the offerings on tap are some of the most exciting in recent years.

    If you love theme park rides, especially roller coasters, get your travel bags packed, because 2012 looks to be a blockbuster year for thrill seekers in North America.

  • Brewpub owners around the country agree that having an original, fun or funky space where guests feel comfortable is key to ensuring repeat business. A knowledgeable and friendly staff capable of making recommendations to craft beer novices as well as connoisseurs enhances the experience. However, from coast to coast, founders say the secret ingredient to brewing up a popular pub is the willingness to take a chance on daring new concoctions. Raspberries, chocolate and Peruvian purple maize are s

    From coast to coast, founders say the secret ingredient to brewing up a popular pub is the willingness to take a chance. We highlight what’s brewing at some of the country’s best brewpubs.

  • When faced with a difficult market environment, Jim Cramer likes to fall back on long-term themes that have been working. Take energy, for example. The “Mad Money” host noted there has been a boom in oil and gas production in the U.S. Oil-rich regions of the country, such as the Bakken shale in Western North Dakota or the Eagle Ford shale in Texas, are seeing lots of activity. So regardless of current economic conditions, oil and gas companies are benefitting from the recent drilling boom.Of cou

    When faced with a difficult market environment, Jim Cramer likes to fall back on long-term themes that have been working. Read on for his top energy plays.

  • On Nov. 17, 2011, after six years of marriage, celebrity couple Demi Moore and Ashton Kutcher . The pair had made headlines when they first emerged as a couple, and very few of those headlines ran without pointing out the 16-year age difference between the two of them.The age gap between Moore and Kutcher made their union a classic May-December romance, and the list of celebrities who have engaged in such unions is long. Almost as long, however, is the list of such couples who couldn’t keep thei

    Divorce lawyers have full coffers thanks to the dissolution of celebrity unions. What are some notable May-December celebrity divorces?

  • Holiday tipping time is here. If you’re looking for advice on how much to give and who should be on your list, we’ve got you covered. We asked expert Diane Gottsman of The Protocol School of Texas for some guidelines. Plus, what to do when you can’t give as much as you’d like. Click ahead to see who gets what.

    Holiday tipping time is here. If you’re looking for advice on how much to give and who should be on your list, we’ve got you covered.

  • It’s Business 101. Anyone who has ever tried to achieve a goal knows that rejection and failure are a normal and healthy part of the process. It’s more prevalent in some occupations, especially in the arts (and particularly among, ahem, writers). Uncertainty can rear its head even when greatness is imminent. Witness a rather popular rock and roll act from the 1970s that got their name when the Who’s drummer Keith Moon remarked they would go over like a lead balloon. Keyboardist John Entwistle ad

    Anyone who has ever tried to achieve a goal knows that rejection and failure are a normal and healthy part of the process. Click to discover many examples of successes that almost weren't.

  • With the 2011 NFL season halfway over, the first 10 weeks have been marked by injuries, disappointments but also breakout performances. Of this year’s breakout players, many have only been in the league for a few seasons, and for these elite players their current contracts may be working against them. Although these premier players may not be making all-star salaries, when it comes time for them to negotiate a new contract, you can expect that their compensation will be more in line with their a

    With the 2011 NFL season halfway over, the first 10 weeks have been marked by injuries, disappointments but also breakout performances.

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