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Happy 145th Chewing Gum!

One of life's simple pleasures -- and subsequent adornments under tabletops and chair seats -- was patented on this date in 1869: chewing gum.

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Two Playoff Spots Are Still Up for Grabs, Other Things To Know About NFL Week 17

Each conference has a playoff spot open as the NFL readies for its final week of the 2014 regular season. Here are this week’s most interesting storylines.

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Facebook’s Top 10 Movies and TV Shows of 2014

It’s that time of the year, when pop culture websites and critics publish their annual Best Of lists and we heap praise on the best and most beloved movies and TV shows of the year. But what about the average moviegoer and TV-viewer? That’s where Facebook comes in. The social media site has released their top 10 movies and top 10 TV shows of the year, based on the most discussed titled of 2014. While some are fairly obvious, the lists might surprise you and inspire you to contemplate the overlap between what’s popular and what’s actually good.

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YouTube’s Best of 2014 Rewind Video

When you look back on 2014, what will you think about? Chances are, you'll see it in this clever clip.

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Central Michigan Loses 49-48 to Western Kentucky in Popeyes Bahamas Bowl After Trailing by 35 [Video]

An exciting comeback fell just short as Central Michigan failed to convert on a two-point conversion with no time left and lost to Western Kentucky, 49-48.

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Defense Logistics Agency Feeds U.S. Troops For the Holidays

U.S. military service members deployed away from home will still enjoy a hearty Christmas meal, with all the trimmings, thanks to the efforts of Defense Logistics Agency troop support subsistence efforts.

More than 31,000 pounds of beef, 21,000 pounds of ham, 29,000 pounds of turkey, 840 gallons of eggnog and 6,000 pies are already on hand to feed American service members in Afghanistan on Christmas Day, said Anthony Amendolia, customer operations chief for Europe and the Middle East region.

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Keurig Recalls Over 7 Million Coffee Makers

Over 7 million Keurig coffee makers have been recalled because water can overheat, spray out, and burn users.

There have been 90 reports of burn-related injuries.

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Michigan State Assistant Pat Narduzzi Agrees to Become Pittsburgh Head Coach

Sports Illustrated is reporting Narduzzi has accepted Pitt's offer.

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Survey Shows Nearly Half of Americans Are Late Christmas Gift Shoppers

Aren't done with your Christmas shopping yet?

Well, join the crowd.

According to a just-released Harris Poll survey, millions of Americans are waiting until the last minute to complete their holiday shopping.

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Nintendo, Ebates, Mazda and Amazon Top Holiday Ads In Survey

Ace Metrix has unveiled its top 10 holiday commercials.

Nintendo, Ebates, Mazda and Amazon topped the list.

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Weekend Box Office Report: ‘The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies’ Wins Fight

As expected, ‘The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies’ won the weekend, but a quick examination of the actual numbers makes this victory feel just a little hollow. The same goes for ‘Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb’ and ‘Annie,’ both of which took second and third place without putting forward particularly impressive numbers. Yep, the holiday box office looked just a little rough this weekend.

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Charles Dickens’ ‘A Christmas Carol’ Dates to 1843 [Video]

One of the most familiar and cherished Christmas stories has been around a long time — 171 years in fact.

English author Charles Dickens' "A Christmas Carol" was first published in 1843.

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