2 years ago

Oscar Nominations 2013: Full List

"Lincoln" is leading the way to the 2013 Oscars. This morning, the biopic about the 16th president picked up 12 Academy Award nominations, including best director for Steven Spielberg and best actor for Daniel Day-Lewis.

Ang Lee's "Life of Pi" followed close behind with 11 nominations. "Les Miserables" and "Silver Linings Playbook" tied for third place, with eight nominations each.

The Academy also named its eldest and youngest best actress nominees ever. "Beasts of the Southern Wild" star Quvenzhan Wallis, 9, is up for best actress along with "Amour" lead Emmanuelle Riva, 85.

See who made the cut below, and weigh in on who you want to win with Oscar.com's My Picks, an i

2 years ago

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2 years ago

10 Gift Ideas Every Secret Santa Should Have Up His Sleeve

Be the perfect gift-giver this holiday season with these fabulous Secret Santa gift ideas!

Christmas is just around the corner, and with it comes the inevitable Secret Santa gift exchanges. But what exactly is a Secret Santa gift exchange? Well, just in case you've been living on Mars, a Secret Santa gift exchange is generally used when a large group of people, such as coworkers, large families or a group of friends, wish to exchange gifts. Everyone's name is written down and thrown into a hat, and then each person draws a name. The name you draw is the person you will anonymously give a gift to. There is also usually a price cap attached to the gift exchange.

There are lots of great ideas for Secret Santa gifts. It's more helpful if you know something about the person you're gifting, but even if you don't there are still lots of things you can give. And unless you really know the person well, it's best to stay away from gag gifts. Just because you have a phenomenal sense of humor doesn't mean everyone does!


A universally appreciated gift, chocolate works equally well as a gift for someone with a sweet tooth or someone you don't know very well. Choose a nice box from Godiva, Ghirardelli, Lindt or any other quality chocolatier.

Gift Cards

Repeat after me: everyone loves a gift card. Walmart. Target. iTunes. Starbucks. Barnes & Noble. You get the idea.

Music CDs

Know the recipient's favorite musical group? Purchase their newest CD and your gift will be a hit.

Holiday Decorations

What better choice than something for the holiday itself! Tree ornaments, table decorations, plates, snow globes - they all make great Secret Santa gifts.

Desk Accessories

From stationery and nice pens to mouse pads and drink warmers, there's an abundance of desk items you can give that will be appreciated every day - well, at least Monday thru Friday!


A desk plant or house plant is a gift that will always remind the recipient of you, and let's face it, they're just nice to have around. Make sure you give it so someone who will actually take the time to take care of it, though!

Theme Baskets

You can create theme baskets based on a variety of different interests. For instance, if the recipient is a movie buff, you can create a 'Movie Basket' with popcorn, candy, soda and a gift card to a movie rental store. If the recipient is a woman who likes to be pampered, create a 'Spa Basket' using body lotion, bath salts and manicure/pedicure tools.

Office Art

Inspirational plaques, photo frames and such make delightful gifts, especially for coworkers. If this is the route you'd like to take, be sure to pay attention to their personal style before you go shopping.


Will you be playing Santa for an avid golfer? Give them some golf tees, balls or a golf towel. Or maybe they like to garden. Check out garden centers for the latest in garden gadgetry.


Who among us doesn't appreciate a good game! Classic board games or hand-held electronic versions of favorite games such as Yahtzee make fun surprises and lead to hours of fun.

Be the best Secret Santa ever by using the gift guide above to help you choose the perfect gift for this year's exchange.

By: Heather L. Clark

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Heather L. Clark is a Web writer and researcher based in Omaha, Nebraska. She loves playing Secret Santa, looks forward to a good White Elephant gift exchange and starts making her Christmas List in February.


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2 years ago

Things to Do in Omaha at the NCAA College World Series

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Okay, so Omaha, Nebraska isn't a sexy city, but if you are coming up for college baseball's big show, the NCAA College World Series, sexy probably isn't what you're looking for anyways (which probably explains why Omaha fits college baseball like a glove). Omaha may be short on chic lounges, 5-star hotels and huge skyscrapers, but one thing we do have here is food! (Okay, so I don't technically live here anymore, but it's hard to stop saying.). So, "What is there to do in Omaha for The College World Series?". Eat and drink! That's the simple answer. And why

2 years ago

List of State Abbreviations and Capitals

The United States comprises fifty constituent states and one district. Located in the North American continent, the country gained independence from the rule of Great Britain in 1776. At that time, it had only 13 states. Between the 19th and 20th century, the United States expanded across the North American continent by including 37 new states and acquiring a number of overseas territories. Washington, D.C. is the capital, and New York is the largest city.

The Postal Service of United States mainly uses the abbreviations of American states. They help to process the mail quickly with the help of automated equipment, such as OCR (Optical Character Recognition). These two-letter, no-peri

2 years ago

TransCanada changes tack in seeking Nebraska Keystone approval | Reuters

TransCanada Corp said on Wednesday it will seek approval from the Nebraska Public Service Commission to build its long-delayed and controversial Keystone XL crude oil pipeline route through the state.

The company is also withdrawing eminent domain actions, which would force some reluctant Nebraska landowners to let TransCanada lay the pipeline across their land in exchange for payment, and terminating constitutional court proceedings relating to those actions.

TransCanada spokesman Mark Cooper said applying through the Nebraska Public Service Commission would likely be quicker than going through the courts.

"This process will likely be seven to 12 months for a decision, as opposed to one where we do not have an estimated timeline," Cooper said.

"Despite having route authority to construct Keystone XL, uncertainty in the courts around the constitutionality of how the route was approved was very likely to carry on once again to the Nebraska Supreme Court."

Opposition in Nebraska has been one of several major hurdles facing the Keystone XL project, which has been waiting more than six years for U.S. presidential approval.

The 830,000 barrel per day pipeline will help carry crude from Alberta to refineries on the U.S. Gulf Coast and has run into fierce resistance from landowners and environmental groups opposed to oil sands development.

The proposed route for the pipeline was evaluated by the Nebraska Department of Environmental Quality and approved by the Nebraska Governor in 2013.

A Nebraska Supreme Court decision in January this year ruled in support of the pipeline, but a number of Nebraskan landowners filed suits against TransCanada alleging the project violated the state's constitution.

The U.S. State Department is yet to grant approval for the pipeline and many industry analysts expect President Barack Obama to veto the project, after he questioned how beneficial it will be for the United States.

CIBC equity analyst David Noseworthy said the move by TransCanada to seek approval from the Public Service Commission was a sign the company is preparing for whoever is elected as the new U.S. President next year.

"They know they are getting a negative decision from the president. What they are really doing is trying to set things up for after the election," Noseworthy said.

(Additional reporting by Arpan Varghese and Krishna Chaithanya in Bengaluru; Editing by Marguerita Choy)