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Holiday Shopping Spend Forecast to be Down in 2014 as Shoppers Remain Cautious, According to PwC US and Strategy
The 2014 holiday shopping season will be characterized by cautious spending, while economic realities bifurcate the American holiday shopper. These are two of the 10 big trends that are expected to drive the 2014 holiday shopping season, according to a new report from PwC US and Strategy.
The study, titled “2014 Holiday Outlook: Top trends, consumer behaviors and implications for retailers,” was based on a survey of more than 2,200 shoppers nationwide. See the full release to learn more about the Christmas shopping outlook.
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Las Vegas Welcomes Same-Sex Couples to Say ‘I Do’ With Dazzling Wedding Celebrations
It’s official, Las Vegas just got more fabulous. On Oct. 7, the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals overturned the same-sex marriage ban in Nevada.
Nevada is now one of 32 states to legalize gay marriage. Clark County began accepting marriage applications from same-sex couples on Wednesday, Oct. 8. See the full release to learn more about getting hitched in Vegas.
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On the 10-Year Anniversary of Christopher Reeve’s Passing, Breakthrough in Paralysis Research Prompts Initiative to Fast Track Life-changing Therapy
On the eve of the 10-year anniversary of the passing of actor and activist Christopher Reeve (9/25/52 – 10/10/04), the Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation launched the most ambitious effort in its history.
“The Big Idea” will raise $15 million to fund the next phase of epidural stimulation research and bring groundbreaking therapy to more individuals living with spinal cord injuries. See the full release to learn more about this campaign and paralysis research efforts.
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Record 61.8 million U.S. Residents Speak Foreign Language at Home
Nearly 62 million U.S. residents now speak a language other than English at home — an all-time high. A new report by the Center for Immigration Studies, based on recently released data from the Census Bureau’s 2013 American Community Survey, shows that one in five U.S. residents over age four speaks a foreign language at home.
The number of foreign language speakers grew 2.2 million since 2010. This growth was driven almost entirely by an increase in Spanish, Chinese, and Arabic speakers. See the full release to learn more about the report.
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Steve Martin To Receive 43rd AFI Life Achievement Award
Sir Howard Stringer, chair of the American Film Institute’s board of trustees, announced on Oct. 3 the board’s decision to honor Steve Martin with the 43rd AFI Life Achievement Award, the highest honor for a career in film. The award will be presented to Martin at a gala tribute in Los Angeles on June 4, 2015.
The 43rd AFI Life Achievement Award tribute special will return for its third year on TNT when it airs in June 2015, followed by encore presentations on sister network Turner Classic Movies (TCM). See the full release to learn more.
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