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It’s Not Always the Thought That Counts with Gift Giving

'Tis the season to be gift giving.

Right?

Well, maybe not.

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Spending Time with Family Matters Most to Us

Before Thanksgiving, I shared about how I thought the perfect gift for your family was to give them your undivided attention.

Well, with Christmas less than two weeks away, that has me thinking about family even more so these days.

As it turns out, spending time with family is what matters most to us. At least according to The Matter More Project.

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Michigan State Protests Focus on Columnist George Will’s Rape Stance, Women’s Dignity

An honorary doctorate being awarded by Michigan State University to Washington Post columnist George Will at MSU's fall commencement ceremonies is the focal point of protests in East Lansing today.

More than 800 people had RSVP'd and were expected this morning for protests that were also held earlier this week, according to organizers.

The ignitor is that the protests organizers say Will, who taught at MSU briefly the 1970s. They claim Will has a history of provocative statements and writings compromising and discrediting the severity of rape.

MSU President Lou Anna K. Simon has released a statement saying that while the conservative Will's "visit will be painful for many, ... it does not mean the university wishes to cause survivors of sexual assault distress. And it does not mean we are backing away from our commitment to continuously improving our response to sexual assault."

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Michigan Tightens Rules On Vaccinations

Starting Jan. 1, the Michigan Department of Community Health will have more rules going into effect that will make it harder for parents to refuse immunizing their children.

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Mona Shores Football’s Tyree Jackson Named High School Athlete of the Week [Video]

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John Balyo Sentenced to 40 Years for Child Pornography and Exploitation

On Thursday, the former host of a Grand Rapids Christian radio show was sentenced in federal court to 40 years in prison for sexual exploitation and child pornography, our news-gathering partner WZZM-13 reported.

John Balyo, 35, received 25 years for the charge of sexually exploiting a child and 15 years for possession of child pornography.

In November, in a separate case, Baylo was sentenced to 25 to 50 years in state prison for sexually assaulting a boy in Calhoun County.

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John Balyo Sentenced to 40 Years for Child Pornography and Exploitation

On Thursday, the former host of a Grand Rapids Christian radio show was sentenced in federal court to 40 years in prison for sexual exploitation and child pornography, our news-gathering partner WZZM-13 reported.

John Balyo, 35, received 25 years for the charge of sexually exploiting a child and 15 years for possession of child pornography.

In November, in a separate case, Baylo was sentenced to 25 to 50 years in state prison for sexually assaulting a boy in Calhoun County.

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Tom Cook’s Workday Dog Break – Shelter Dogs Melt Your Heart in ‘Puppy for Christmas’ [Video]

I don't know about you, but I love puppies.

And shelter puppies coupled with a Christmas song? C'mon!

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Detroit Tigers Make Pair of Big Trades

The Detroit Tigers parted ways with Rick Porcello today, trading him to the Boston Red Sox for outfielder Yoenis Cespedes and pitcher Alex Wilson.

The Tigers also added pitcher Alfredo Simon in a separate trade with the Cincinnati Reds.

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Device Addiction Grows with Mobile Internet of Things [Video]

Well, this is interesting. Maybe not the reality of it, but its depth, breadth and reach.

According to a new Deloitte survey on mobile consumer trends, we -- as in us U.S. consumers -- are becoming more and more obsessed with our electronic devices. Just call it device addiction.

Some of the facts: Nearly 90 percent check their phones in the first hour of being awake and 23 percent look at their devices up to 50 times a day. Wow.

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Several Teams Can Clinch Playoff Spots & Other Things To Know About NFL Week 15

With just three weeks left in the NFL’s 2014 regular season, no playoff spots have been clinched. That should change soon. Here are the storylines we’re following for Week 15.

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At Home for the Holidays: Pumpkin Spiced Oat Bread

By Laurenda Marie Bennett

I know I’m not the only one that becomes absolutely pumpkin obsessed around the holidays.

Am I right?

There is just something about the season that makes me want to consume pumpkin in every single form.

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