25 DIY wrapping paper ideas for gifts too beautiful to tear open

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A gift really is as good as its wrapping paper. Buying and storing tons of wrapping paper every year can be a hassle. Plus, once you have your gifts ready to give, they all look exactly the same when your wrapping paper is cut from the same tube. See also: 15 fun wrapping papers that will make your holiday gifts stand out Step up your holiday gift-giving with something a little more personal. With so many beautiful and inexpensive ways to wrap presents, your friends and family will definitely want to save every scrap. Read more »

Death Comes to Pemberley and four more P.D. James books to read

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LONDON — The hugely popular mystery writer P.D. James who sold millions of books around the world and created stories that were adapted into television series and feature films died Thursday , aged 94. In her career, which spanned five decades, she wrote books defined by the strong characters she created. If you've never read a P.D. James books, we've picked five essential reads for you to start with: 1. Read more »

NYC Ferguson protesters rally at Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade

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Protesters demonstrating against the Missouri grand jury's decision not to indict Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson tried to disrupt the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade — but you would never know it watching NBC's live broadcast of the festivities. #StoptheParade trended on Twitter Thursday, as protesters rallied at the annual parade in New York City. Just after it began at 9 a.m. ET, New York police arrested some protesters who tried to enter the parade path, while chanting and carrying signs See also: Protesters block highways across U.S. in solidarity with Ferguson #NYC protesters are being stopped by #NYPD from entering then#Thanksgiving parade! #MikeBrown pic.twitter.com/Fwmbttprlz — Ash J (@AshAgony) November 27, 2014 Read more... Read more »

Wet snow causes power outages, affects hundreds of thousands in Northeast

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The worst of Wednesday's storm has passed, but many people in the Northeastern United States are still feeling its effects. More than 350,000 people are without power in the region, and some may not have it restored for several days. See also: East Coast storm to snarl Thanksgiving plans on year's busiest travel day Snowfall from Wednesday through Thursday morning totaled between 3 and 18 inches across New England, according to the National Weather Service . The highest totals were in New Hampshire, Vermont and Maine. The outages were a result of the storm's unique combination of wet, heavy snow and high winds. Massachusetts and Rhode Island saw winds as high as 50 miles per hour. Read more... More about Snow , Us World , Us , Travel Leisure , and Climate Read more »

European Parliament votes to split Google search from its other businesses

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The European Parliament voted on Thursday in favor of a resolution that would see search engines being "unbundled" from their other commercial services. The resolution , which was approved by 384 votes to 174 (with 56 abstentions), focuses on the online search market and its "particular importance in ensuring competitive conditions within the digital single market." In other words, unbundling would safeguard against Google and other search engines favoring their own services in search results. See also: EU wants Google to extend the 'right to be forgotten' globally The parliament called on the European Commission to "consider proposals with the aim of unbundling search engines from other commercial services." Read more... More about Google , Search , Eu , Tech , and Apps Software Read more »

Mystery writer P.D. James dies aged 94

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Mystery writer P.D. James, who brought realistic modern characters to the classical British detective story, has died, her publisher said. She was 94. Faber and Faber said publisher said James died Thursday at her home in Oxford, southern England. See also: 12 podcasts that will tell you a fantastic story James' books, many featuring sensitive sleuth Adam Dalgliesh, sold millions around the world, and most were just as popular when adapted for television. Very sad to hear of the passing of PD James. We are remembering her amazing event with @Beathhigh at DBF 2012 pic.twitter.com/G5Wsi7NT28 — Durham Book Festival (@durhambookfest) November 27, 2014 Read more... Read more »

4 food photo tips, since we all know you’ll Instagram your holiday meal

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Every good cook knows the mark of a great holiday meal is how it looks cropped and filtered on your Instagram feed OK, maybe not. But let's be real, you're going to take photos of this year's holiday spread, so it might as well look stellar. See also: 20 boozy Thanksgiving recipes for an extra helping of holiday cheer Food is notoriously challenging to photograph. It's dark, dense and can look greasy and unappetizing when shot in the wrong light. Beautiful food photography is possible, however, if you follow a few key guidelines from the perfectly lit world of pro food photography. Dreamstime shared a few tips from professional stock photographers whose life work depends on perfect shots of meals that look both appetizing in person and on camera. Read more... Read more »

Londoners chant ‘hands up don’t shoot’ as Ferguson protests spread to Europe

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LONDON—Demonstrators gathered in front of the U.S. Embassy in London on Wednesday night in solidarity with protesters in Ferguson See also: Anger echoes across U.S. in nationwide Ferguson protests The protesters in London chanted “Hands up, don’t shoot,” a slogan made popular by American demonstrators after police officer Darren Wilson shot and killed Michael Brown, a black teenager on Aug. 9, sparking protests in Ferguson and beyond. At 5:30 pm, people gathered in front of the U.S. Embassy in London’s Grosvenor Square to condemn the grand jury decision not to indict Wilson, a white officer Read more »

Richard Sherman takes NFL to task over Marshawn Lynch fines

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Richard Sherman has never shied away from talking to the press . But after teammate Marshawn Lynch was fined $100,000 last week for falling short of a league-mandated quota for media appearances, Sherman blasted the NFL for its policies in a creative way. At a weekly meeting with reporters, the outspoken Seahawks cornerback put on a skit of sorts with Seahawks wide receiver Doug Baldwin, who spent the press conference crouched behind a life-sized cardboard cutout of himself Their parody routine took shots at what they see as hypocrisy within the league in terms of how it treats endorsement deals and player safety and sarcastically name-dropped various brand-name sponsors like Subway, Campbell's Soup and Martinelli's along the way. Read more... More about Nfl , Seattle Seahawks , Entertainment , Sports , and Richard Sherman Read more »

Lucasfilm confirms ‘Star Wars’ trailer will be online as well

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If you're the kind of committed Star Wars fan who was planning an hours-long roundtrip to the nearest of 30 North American theaters showing an 88-second teaser trailer for "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" this weekend, you can stand down now Lucasfilm confirmed Wednesday afternoon that the trailer would also appear on iTunes on Black Friday, by dropping a tweet to that effect: The Force is with you on #BlackFriday when #TheForceAwakens teaser hits @iTunesTrailers . — Star Wars (@starwars) November 26, 2014 To which some of those hardcore fans responded with ecstatic praise: @starwars @iTunesTrailers You've saved me a drive across the state to Miami, so I thank you and my family thanks you! — Jason Surrell (@JasonSurrell) November 26, 2014 Read more... More about Star Wars , Lucasfilm , Entertainment , and Film Read more »