CNN Radio News Day:  December 24, 2012
There's fear Syria's ongoing civil war is quickly getting worse.
December 24th, 2012
04:30 PM ET

CNN Radio News Day: December 24, 2012

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  • In Syria, fears are growing that the country's two-year-old civil war is getting worse.  Anti-regime activists say the conflict has already claimed some 40,000 lives.  Meanwhile, international peace envoy Lakhdar Brahimi was in Damascus today for meetings with Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad. Afterward, Brahimi told reporters the two men talked about ways to resolve the conflict.

" We have exchanged oppinions about the possible steps that can be taken in the future.   I also talked about which steps I see need to be taken to help the Syrian people get out of this crisis,"  Brahimi said.


Why you can't stop shopping
Psychologists say that once you start buying, it's tough to stop.
December 24th, 2012
06:00 AM ET

Why you can't stop shopping

By Steve Kastenbaum, CNN

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(CNN) – Did you spend more than you budgeted for while shopping for holiday gifts this year? If yes, is that because you bought some stuff for yourself, too?

There's a good chance that once you bought that first item, you couldn't stop yourself from buying more.

“Once a shopper makes that first purchase they, in a sense, have pulled their finger out of the dyke," said consumer psychologist Bruce Sanders. "They have been holding on and feeling that they don’t want to spend too much. And now that finger comes out of the dyke and then they get into a purchasing momentum. They go with the flow.”


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