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It's a Gay Old Party in Key West

TRAVEL | By Heather Cassell | Dec 26
Key West is legendary for its year-round parties, the New Year's Eve "Shoe Drop," and sites that pay tribute to famous 20th century writers like Ernest Hemingway and gay playwright Tennessee Williams.

Coming Soon: Cuba Libre, with Real Cuban Rum

STYLE | By Jennifer Kay | Dec 26
U.S. rum aficionados are abuzz over the possibility of mixing a Cuba Libre with authentic Cuban rum, now that they will be able to bring home liquor distilled in the communist nation.

AHF Continues Anti-PrEP Rhetoric With New Ad

NEWS | By Jason Parsley | Dec 26
In the past four months AHF has released at least three campaigns attacking PrEP and the drug used for it - Truvada. The first ad was titled "PrEP Facts," the second "CDC: What if you're wrong on PrEP?" and most recently "What consensus on PrEP?"

Big Changes Coming to Cuba Tourism with U.S. Opening

TRAVEL | By Ben Fox | Dec 26
U.S. tourists are roaming the streets of Old Havana, listening to lectures on Art Deco architecture and meeting with jazz musicians. What they aren't doing yet is lounging in the sun and sipping mojitos at white-sand-beach resorts.

Capacity Crowds Pack Screenings Of 'The Interview'

ENTERTAINMENT | By Hillel Italie | Dec 25
Critics and early viewers agree that "The Interview" is less than a masterpiece. But thanks to threats from hackers that nearly derailed its release, it has become an event.

Ohio Township Orders 'Zombie Nativity' Taken Down

NEWS | Dec 25
A suburban Cincinnati township ordered a man to kill off his large "Zombie Nativity" scene

Dreaming of a White Christmas? Go West

NEWS | By Scott Mayerowitz | Dec 25
If it's a white Christmas you're after, you'd better follow this familiar advice: Go West.

Streaming Release of 'Interview' Test for Industry

ENTERTAINMENT | By Mae Anderson | Dec 25
Sony's "The Interview" has been a hacking target, a punchline and a political lightning rod. Now, with its release online at the same time it debuts in theaters, it has a new role: a test for a new kind of movie release.

Christmas Eve: Warm, Windy and Not White

NEWS | Dec 25
Christmas Eve shaped up to be windy, wet and warm instead of white across much of the country, creating headaches for travelers in the Great Lakes, the Northeast and a storm-battered swath of the South.

NORAD 'Tracks' Santa's Journey Across Globe

NEWS | Dec 25
Volunteers at the North American Aerospace Defense Command are pretending to monitor Santa Claus as he makes his storybook Christmas Eve flight. So far, NORAD says it used the heat signature from Rudolph's nose to "track" St. Nick

Florida Clerks Won't Give Gays Marriage Licenses

NEWS | Dec 25
Most of Florida's 67 clerks of court don't plan to issue marriage licenses to gay couples on Jan. 6, paralyzed by confusion over whether a ban on same-sex marriage is being lifted across the whole state that day, according to an Associated Press survey.

Chugging Eggnog Sends Utah Man to Hospital

NEWS | Dec 25
A Utah man says he's fully recovered after he was hospitalized for chugging a quart of eggnog so quickly that he inhaled some of creamy holiday beverage into his lungs.

Sheriff: Thief of Rudolph Statue Caught Red-Handed

NEWS | Dec 25
When officers found a stolen Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer statue, they certainly said its shiny nose was glowing.

Average US 30-Year Mortgage Edges Up Slightly

FINANCE | By Martin Crutsinger | Dec 25
Average U.S. mortgage rates rose slightly this week but the benchmark 30-year low remained very close to the 19-month low hit last week. Mortgage company Freddie Mac said that the nationwide average for a 30-year mortgage edged up to 3.83 percent.

35 Years Later, Cabbage Patch Kids Still Have Fans

STYLE | By Kate Brumback | Dec 25
Collectors travel from far and wide to Babyland General for a chance to adopt a Cabbage Patch kid, an iconic doll that's been on the market since 1978.


News

12 Ways to Lift the Holiday Blues

By EDGE | Dec 25
The holidays are upon us and for many it can be joyous and exciting. For others, however, this can be an emotional time when the winter blues set in and dampen the joy in their hearts. Here's 12 tips on getting through it.


Entertainment

How Companies Keeping Handwriting Alive in Digital Age

Dec 26
Deep inside Microsoft's brand new device laboratory outside Seattle, hundreds of designers are spending millions of dollars to perfect something we've all been using since grade school -- the pen.


Business

Is Lack of Sleep Killing Us?

Dec 26
Sacrificing sleep for your job could be killing you. A new study is out on what scientists call "short sleepers" and what activities they choose to do instead of getting some rest. Dr. Devi Nampiaparampil with more on the study.


Technology

Sony, YouTube to Stream 'The Interview'

By Lindsey Bahr | Dec 24
Sony has struck a deal with YouTube to offer digital rentals of "The Interview" beginning Thursday, a source with direct knowledge of the situation says.


Finance

NY Requires Ocwen Reforms, $150M Homeowner Help

By Michael Virtanen | Dec 23
New York financial regulators have reached a settlement with Ocwen Financial Corp. requiring the nation's largest subprime mortgage servicer to reform its practices and provide $150 million to help struggling New York homeowners.


Cars

Auto Industry Acts Globally, Except on Recalls

By Dee-Ann Durbin | Dec 24
When it comes to making and selling cars, the auto industry thinks and acts globally: There is near-seamless coordination between parts suppliers, factories and dealerships.


Style

Food Allergies? 3 Tips While Traveling

By EDGE | Dec 24
With the help and advice of allergy experts and practical vacation-planning steps to help you avoid allergy triggers and also be prepared for the possibility of an accidental reaction, a holiday in the sun (or the snow if you like) may be on the horizon.


Health/Fitness

Criticism High for FDA's New Blood Donation Policy

By Winnie McCroy | Dec 24
Yesterday, after more than 30 years, the Food and Drug Administration announced that it would recommend replacing their outdated lifetime blood donation ban on men who have sex with men, in favor of a one-year deferral period.


Travel

Travel Headaches for Some Into Christmas Day

By Sophia Tareen | Dec 24
Travelers setting out for the holidays could face trouble, with anticipated Christmas Eve snow around the Great Lakes states and heavy rain expected along the East Coast.