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Game review: ‘Super Smash Bros. Ultimate,’ ultimate warriors

It's been nearly 20 years since Nintendo first gathered up all of its beloved mascots in a single game for the express purpose of having them beat the snot out of each other. The "Super Smash Bros." series started out as a simple concept, but has grown into a full-blown celebration of Nintendo gaming throughout the ages. It didn't look like it could get bigger than the previous "Super Smash Bros." game, but "Super Smash Bros. Ultimate" absolutely lives up to its name and offers the best that the series has to offer.

Home & Garden

On Gardening: Leslie Ann looks as exquisite as rare porcelain china

The beautiful Leslie Ann is a Camellia sasanqua that has had admirers bringing out their cameras for many years. It debuted in 1960, 58 years ago, thanks to nurseryman Ray Davis of Alabama. The next year in 1961 it won the coveted Ralph Peer Camellia sasanqua award. According to one website in Alabama it is one of two Camellias sasanqua to win the award twice.

Health & Family

Parents @ Play: Building strong families

Building, whether it's with blocks, bricks, paper, metal, pipe cleaners, or anything else, is one of the very best ways for parents and children to spend time together. Here are some new products that will help you keep busy and close during those long, winter evenings.

Home & Garden

CNET: Great home appliance gifts for the holidays

Here's a tip if you're shopping for good gifts this holiday season: Seek out things that your lucky loved ones can use every day. Appliances fit the bill surprisingly well – but which ones are worth the cash? Here are four of the best smart appliances suited for gifting that CNET has seen this year.

Food & Drink

How to have a pancake social at home

One of the annual class projects at the Midwestern boarding school where I grew up was making maple syrup. After collecting sap from the local stand of sugar maples, we’d stay up all night, boiling the stuff into syrup in a wood-burning contraption we’d set up near the decrepit tennis courts. Then we’d celebrate the season’s haul with a pancake social. It was a party we looked forward to all year – an excuse to pull an all-nighter outside when normally we’d be under curfew in the dorms, followed by the reward of towers of pancakes as night turned into morning.

Food & Drink

Chickpea stew creamy, hearty and (sort of) virtuous

I am not the kind of person who likes to put labels on things, because doing so often makes me feel restricted. Tell me something is gluten-free, and I immediately assume I am missing out on a better version made with gluten. Call it vegetarian, and I will convince myself that whatever it is would have been better with sausage in it.

Want the tastiest Charlotte food gifts? Our expert eaters put them to the test

From muscadine soda mix to tomato jam to the perfect toffee, Kathleen Purvis of The Charlotte Observer and Sallie Funderburk of CharlotteFive sample enough great Charlotte products to fill anyone's holiday basket