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This Day in History for December 8 – John Lennon Murdered and More

Here’s a look at some interesting events that took place on this day in history:

1863 – President Abraham Lincoln offers his conciliatory plan for reunification of the United States with his Proclamation of Amnesty and Reconstruction (More info)

1980 – Music icon John Lennon is murdered by a mentally unstable fan in front of The Dakota apartment building in New York City (More info)

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Say Goodbye to Holiday Spirit, Most Aren’t Fazed by It This Year — Survey of the Day

Despite all the glitz and glam, all the lights, tinsel and gifts, the holiday season doesn’t bring cheer to the majority of Americans. According to a new survey from Poll Position, only 37 percent of 1,072 adults surveyed answered that the holidays make them happier.

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Working the Night Shift May Literally Increase Your Risk of Diabetes — Health Check

All you ladies out there now have an excuse for getting out of working night shifts. A new study indicates women who work these hours could be increasing their risk of developing type 2 diabetes. Who knew?

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Does Obama Age Faster Than the Rest of Us Because He’s the President?

US presidents like Barack Obama, who seemed so youthful just a few years ago, appear to age right before our very eyes during their terms in office. This simple observance led Jay Olshansky, PhD, a professor of public health at the University of Illinois–Chicago, to question whether the stress of being Commander-in-Chief can really take years off someone’s life.

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Tech-Savvy 4-Year-Old Saves His Unconscious Grandpa with an iPhone [VIDEO]

Four-year-old Kanden Jones may not know the difference between taking a nap and blacking out, but he sure knows how to use an iPhone.

It was a guys’ day for the kid and his grandfather Carl Jones when the two were out deer hunting in the woods. When the worst happened — thankfully not a hunting disaster — Kanden was left with an unconscious grandpa.

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Older Women Are in Luck! Mammograms Work Better for Them — Health Check

Are mammograms actually effective? Several conflicting studies have come out in the past few years, leading some to pose this question. Don’t fear though ladies. An even newer study from Dutch researchers indicates that they do work, but older women might be getting more out of them.

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Autistic Kids Get a Special Meeting with ‘Sensitive Santa’ [VIDEO]

The bright lights, loud music and long lines can often keep autistic kids from engaging in a holiday ritual many children enjoy: an annual visit with Santa.

So one mall opened early last Sunday morning for some low-key “sensitive Santa” time.

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New Planet Kepler 22b May Prove We’re Not Alone in the Universe [VIDEO]

Monday marks the day when astronomers made a startling announcement: after years of searching, they’ve discovered an Earth-like planet outside the solar system that may very well be habitable.

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Are You Like Most Who Think We Celebrate Christmas Too Early? — Survey of the Day

These days, the Christmas season kicks into full swing right after Thanksgiving ends, but it looks like the majority of Americans aren’t particularly thrilled with spending an entire month celebrating the holiday.

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What Will It Take to Get Holiday Shoppers to Buy More? Discounts? Maybe

Since a new survey shows more than a third of Americans have already finished their holiday buying, analysts say retailers need to cut prices to the bone if they want people to keep shopping.

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