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The southern Italian Christmas Eve tradition known as the Feast of the Seven Fishes has become a tradition for Italian-American families as well. Cindy Coddington, who grew up with the feast, remembers the day as a whirlwind of family and fried food.
A StateImpact Florida/Miami Herald investigation shows that despite state and federal laws requiring charter schools to give equal access to students with severe disabilities, most charter schools in Florida have few of these students on their roster.
The company's name was once synonymous with photography, but after years in decline, Kodak is shifting gears to focus on more profitable commercial printing operations — a plan that CEO Antonio Perez says is sure to renew profitability.
Oil-rich Kirkuk is a complicated ethnic mix of Kurds, Arabs, Turkmen and others. The question of whether it belongs to the autonomous Kurdish region in the north or to the Arab-dominated central government of Baghdad has long been a point of contention. The U.S. military served as mediators among the factions.
Amy Chua, the "Tiger Mother," caused a media sensation with her book about being a super-strict Chinese-American mom. But she looks positively laid back next to her mainland Chinese equivalent, "Wolf Dad" Xiao Baiyao. He not only beats his kids, he boasts about how he did it.
Karen Freeman-Wilson is the first African-American woman ever to be elected mayor in the state of Indiana. But she isn't interested in that symbolism. As Gary's new mayor, Freeman-Wilson says her goal is to make Gary "the next comeback story in the Rust Belt."
Thousands of sub-Saharan Africans are either stranded or imprisoned in Libya in the wake of the revolt against Moammar Gadhafi — and they haven't been having an easy time. Many have been detained and abused, accused of being mercenaries in Gadhafi's army.
Mitt Romney says that as governor of Massachusetts, he toed the Republican line and refused to raise taxes. But how was Romney able to govern a cash-strapped state for four years? We take a closer look at his actual record on taxes.
Newt Gingrich has spent decades weaving relationships in and around government — starting with his successful campaign to win the House majority back in the early 1990s. Some of his most ardent supporters now worked with him back then — but some of his angriest opponents did, too.
Italy's new prime minister is trying to impose a strict austerity plan to rein in runaway debt and reassure the markets. But it's not going down well. Particularly hard to swallow is the announcement that the retirement age will be immediately raised by five or six years.
The French parliament has approved, in a non-binding resolution, a proposal to make using the services of a prostitute a crime punishable by fines and prison. Lawmakers are expected to follow the resolution with a law in the new year.
Defense Secretary Leon Panetta is in the Afghan capital Kabul to meet with Afghan officials, and try to smooth relations with Pakistan. His trip follows a deadly attack on Pakistani troops by a U.S. drone based in Afghanistan. In response, Pakistan has blocked two routes used to supply U.S. troops.
In a speech Tuesday night in Austin, Texas, U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder asked state legislatures to take care not to violate the Voting Rights Act. As the country approaches the 2012 elections, many states are redrawing political boundaries and there are fears minority voters may be disenfranchised.
One hundred years ago Wednesday, Norwegian explorer Roald Amundsen reached the South Pole. His team became the first to make it traveling on skis. Felicity Aston is nearing another first. The veteran traveler is close to becoming the first woman to ski across Antarctica alone.
Social media gaming company Zynga this week is expected to begin trading its shares publicly. It plans to sell 100 million shares — each one priced anywhere from $8.50 to $10. Zynga's initial public offering is expected be the largest technology IPO since Google's in 2004.
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