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Cigarette Litter Down 54% Thanks to Keep America Beautiful's PreventionProgram

Keep America Beautiful reports this year that there has been an averagenationwide reduction of cigarette litter of 54 percent -- a six percentimprovement from 2006 -- in the communities implementing the K-A-B CigaretteLitter Prevention Program. Some communities reported as much as a 65 percentreduction in cigarette litter in their hometown. The nation's largest programto combat cigarette-related litter seeks to educate adult smokers about theissue while offering access to pocket ashtrays and ash receptacles as a way tocombat one of the most overlooked environmental problems.

Thirty Percent of Workers Holiday Shop Online at Work, CareerBuilder.comSurvey Shows

'Tis the season for grab bags and gift exchanges. If you are among the 30percent of workers who have or plan to holiday shop online while at work thisyear, career advisors recommend making purchases during your lunch hour orbreak time. A new survey from finds that half of allemployers report they monitor employees' Internet usage.

As online shopping kicks into high gear on Cyber Monday, productivity inthe workplace may be impacted.'s survey found that nearly aquarter of workers who holiday shop online expect to spend two or more hoursdoing so this year. Thirteen percent plan to holiday shop online for three ormore hours while five percent anticipate spending five or more hours.

Kaiser Permanente/Harvard Medical School Study Links Lack of Sleep toWeight Gain for New Moms

Mothers who reported sleeping five hours or less per day when their babieswere six months old had a threefold higher risk for substantial weightretention at their baby's first birthday than moms who slept seven hours perday. That's according to a new study by Kaiser Permanente and Harvard MedicalSchool/Harvard Pilgrim Health Care.

The study, published in the November issue of the American Journal ofEpidemiology, is the first to look at the impact of sleep deprivation onpostpartum weight retention. Previous studies have looked at the effect ofearly postpartum sleep deprivation on mothers' cognitive and emotional healthbut never associated weight gain.

Actor Dick Wilson of 'Please Don't Squeeze The Charmin' Fame Dies at 91

Long-time Charmin bath tissue pitchman Dick Wilson -- known to millions asMr. Whipple -- died Monday at the Motion Picture & Television Hospital inWoodland Hills, CA. He was 91.

Wilson's career spanned nearly 70 years with roles in radio, television,film and theater. In his most famous role, Wilson portrayed grocer MisterWhipple and made "Please don't squeeze the Charmin" a household phrase. Wilsonappeared as Mister Whipple in more than 500 spots for Charmin from 1964through 1985. After a 14-year hiatus, Wilson reprised the role in 1999 tointroduce a new version of Charmin. In 2001, Procter & Gamble, maker ofCharmin, presented Wilson with a lifetime achievement award to commemorate hiscontribution to the brand.

Editor's Note: Metro Networks Presents 'The Top Ten Worst Holiday TrafficTie-Ups In America'

Metro Networks unveiled the list of The Top Ten Worst Holiday TrafficTie-Ups in America. Compiled by Metro Networks traffic experts from across thecountry, the list covers the top 10 biggest traffic hot spots, in the largestU.S. markets, during the holiday season.

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