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2 arrested for drone use in London Gatwick Airport case

British police say two people were arrested early Saturday morning for suspected “criminal use of drones” in the Gatwick Airport case that has created nightmarish holiday travel delays for tens of thousands of passengers.

Sing with Bing: A playlist of favorite Bing Crosby holiday tunes

We all know the image: A smiling Bing Crosby, wearing a Santa hat and a bow tie of holly leaves, looking out at us from a snow-white background. It’s the cover image from “Merry Christmas,” the 1955 re-release of an earlier Crosby compilation. The title was changed again, in 1986, to “White Christmas,” in honor of the record’s most famous song. Bing and Christmas go hand in hand; as Richard Corliss pointed out in a 2014 article in Time, “Bing pretty much invented the Christmas music industry. He’d been hosting Christmas specials on radio since 1936.”

Less waste, more cheer: How to rein in holiday excess

According to the Environment Protection Agency, 8.8 million tons of plastic ends up in the ocean every year. Holiday excess isn’t limited to plastic toys and plastic wrap, though. Every year, Americans throw out an incredible amount of food – about 200 million pounds of turkey meat over Thanksgiving alone, according to the Natural Resources Defense Council, an environmental advocacy nonprofit.

Cookies are not the enemy: Smarter ways of thinking about food during the holidays

It’s an annual holiday tradition that kicks off at Thanksgiving and continues through New Year’s: food guilt. Caught between the desire to enjoy holiday favorites and the fear of putting on extra pounds, people bond over the sharing of timeworn tips such as “eat before you go to a party” or “try to fill up on vegetables before you hit the rest of the buffet” – joyless cliches that really don’t work. Then, on Jan. 2, they join a gym.

For retailers, the smartphone is future of store experience

Just a few years ago, retailers considered smartphones the enemy of the in-store experience they were trying to create. Customers often whipped out their device to compare prices online and then walked out of the store to buy the same product elsewhere.

Sting uses fake Amazon boxes, GPS to catch would-be thieves

The explosion in online shopping has led to porch pirates and stoop surfers swiping holiday packages from unsuspecting residents. The cops in one New Jersey city are trying to catch the thieves with some trickery of their own.

Know of a festive holiday home? Tell us about it!

Is there a house in your neighborhood that is particularly festive? Is there a street that does the holiday right? Do you and your family have a favorite “Christmas Vacation”-style home you like to visit every year? We want to hear about it.