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Expatriates try to adapt elements of home for Christmas
All Esessien Offiong wants for Christmas — or at least for his Nigerian Christmas stew — is antelope. But the stores in his Laurel, Md., neighborhood don't carry African game, so Offiong and his family will do what they do every year: Wing it.
Americans uneasy about surveillance but often use snooping tools
Amid this year's revelations about the federal government's vast apparatus for tracking the movements and communications of people worldwide, Americans are uneasy with the extent of surveillance yet often use snooping tools in their own lives, a Washington Post poll has found.
5 myths about the North Pole
Let's consider some of the biggest misconceptions about the North Pole and how its landscape is changing.
Despair over 'the bug that ate Christmas'
Along the southern Appalachian range, bugs called the balsam wooly adelgid are eating two of the nation's most popular wild Christmas trees — Canaan and Fraser firs — to death.
Poll: Majority of Americans back minimum wage hike
A large majority of Americans want Congress to substantially increase the minimum wage as part of an effort to reduce the nation's expanding economic inequality, according to a new Washington Post-ABC News poll.
Five myths about the future of Obamacare
Both liberals and conservatives believe they are seeing the light at the end of the tunnel with the Affordable Care Act.
Obamas, Biden to skip Winter Olympics in snub at Russia
The White House announced Tuesday that President Barack Obama, Vice President Joe Biden and the first lady will not attend the Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, in February, a pointed snub by an administration that is feuding with Russian leaders on a range of foreign policy and human rights issues.
Federal budget deal would have new hires pay more into pensions
Federal employees hired after Jan. 1 will make higher contributions toward their retirement benefits than current workers under a budget deal announced Tuesday night.
Crocodiles and alligators may be smarter than they look
An alligator lies submerged, its body just barely breaching the surface. A snowy egret spots a good-looking stick floating on the water. It would make a fine addition to her nest, so she swoops down to snatch it up. Bad idea.
Old-fashioned trimming for tree isn't as green as you might think
Strands of lights are ubiquitous this time of year - tangled in leafless trees, framing windows, sparkling their way to Santa's sled.
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