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    Dads give beloved crossing guard awesome surprise

    Dads give beloved crossing guard awesome surpriseAfter a family health crisis and financial issues threatened to take a beloved crossing guard from his post, parents at an elementary school pitched in to give him an unbelievable surprise.
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    Obama: U.S. will reopen embassy in Cuba

    Obama: U.S. will reopen embassy in CubaPresident Obama said the United States will reopen its embassy in Havana and end its "outdated approach" toward Cuba. He said freeing Alan Gross and another American prisoner has cleared the way for the landmark policy changes to take place.
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    Raw video: Alan Gross sets foot on American soil

    Raw video: Alan Gross sets foot on American soilAlan Gross, an American contractor who was arrested in Cuba in December 2009, landed at Joint Base Andrews Wednesday.
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    Dive into plates that bridge cultures and generations

    Dive into plates that bridge cultures and generationsSee how the restaurant industry is changing by melding palettes and demographics.
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    iPhone 6 #bendgate, Flappy Bird top Tech news in 2014

    iPhone 6 #bendgate, Flappy Bird top Tech news in 2014Take a look at the most popular Tech stories from 2014. Remember when your favorite game, Flappy Bird, was taken away? And how about all those beautiful eclipses and blood moons we got to see throughout the year.
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    Football fans save father's life after heart attack

    Football fans save father's life after heart attackWhile in the stands watching his son play football, Jake Rodgers suffered a heart attack. Within seconds, bystanders start helping to save his life.
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    Obama issues 'executive orders by another name'

    Obama issues 'executive orders by another name'President Obama has issued a form of executive action known as the presidential memorandum more often than any other president in history - using it to take unilateral action even as he has signed fewer executive orders.
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    Critic's Corner: Michael Buble's Christmas special

    Critic's Corner: Michael Buble's Christmas specialUSA TODAY's Robert Bianco previews the television lineup for Wednesday, December 17th with 'Michael Buble's Christmas in New York,' 'Survivor' and 'Black-ish.'
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    Wednesday's forecast: Stormy and wet along West Coast

    Wednesday's forecast: Stormy and wet along West CoastThe national weather forecast for Wednesday, December 17th calls for rain showers all the way from Seattle to San Diego, snow in the Rockies and Great Lakes and some light rain in Texas.
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    Neighbors get naked for this unique calendar

    Neighbors get naked for this unique calendarOne small town in Minnesota is baring it all in a very unique calendar. Meet the woman who helped inspire this unusual project.
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    FedEx truck overturns on highway, spills packages

    FedEx truck overturns on highway, spills packagesA truck accident on a Georgia highway left packages all over the road after a FedEx 18-wheeler overturned.
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    Trailer: 'Mr. Turner'

    Trailer: 'Mr. Turner''Mr. Turner' tells the story of the eccentric British painter Joseph Mallord William Turner.
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    Veteran waits more than a year for 'simple' surgery

    Veteran waits more than a year for 'simple' surgeryOne Veteran in Denver will finally have cataract surgery after a year-long ordeal with the Denver VA Hospital.
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    Trailer: 'Annie'

    Trailer: 'Annie'The familiar story of 'Annie' returns to the big screen with a new look. Jamie Foxx and Cameron Diaz star in the new production.
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    Trailer: 'The Gambler'

    Trailer: 'The Gambler'Mark Wahlberg stars as a college professor by day and gambler by night in 'The Gambler.' His rising debt forces him to borrow money from his mother and a loan shark.
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    Mark Wahlberg plays poker during interview

    Mark Wahlberg plays poker during interviewMark Wahlberg sat down to play card games and dish about his new movie 'The Gambler' with USA TODAY reporter Donna Freydkin. Does he have a good poker face? See for yourself. Video shot by Todd Plitt for USA TODAY.
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    Home is covered by a whopping 91,000 Christmas lights

    Home is covered by a whopping 91,000 Christmas lightsA Jacksonville, Florida home is covered in more than 91,000 Christmas lights and was featured on ABC's 'The Great Christmas Light Fight.'
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    Proposal to name street after homeless cross-dresser

    Proposal to name street after homeless cross-dresserFriends of a late homeless, cross-dresser who became an icon in Austin, Texas want to name part of a city street after him.
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    Jeb Bush announces exploration of White House bid

    Jeb Bush announces exploration of White House bidFormer Florida Governor Jeb Bush announced on Facebook Tuesday that he will "actively explore" a run for president in 2016.
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    Malala condemns attack on school in Pakistan

    Malala condemns attack on school in PakistanMalala Yousafzai said she was heartbroken by an attack on a Peshawar, Pakistan school Tuesday. "Innocent children in their school have no place in horror such as this," she said.
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    What is Hanukkah? These clever kids explain

    What is Hanukkah? These clever kids explainHanukkah begins Tuesday night! Hear about the Jewish holiday from children who look forward to lighting the nightly candles on the menorah, playing games and getting gifts, just like their Christian counterparts do at Christmas.
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    2014: Ferguson, Ebola, Malaysia Airlines top the news

    2014: Ferguson, Ebola, Malaysia Airlines top the newsA look back at the top news stories from 2014 as seen in video. Headlines that grabbed the most attention include the unrest in Ferguson, the fight against Ebola and the search for missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370.
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    Couple and their dog save elderly woman from house fire

    Couple and their dog save elderly woman from house fireNeighbors pulled an elderly lady from her burning home after their pet boxer's frantic barking alerted them that something was wrong.
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    Reindeer in Santa's flight crew rest up for Christmas

    Reindeer in Santa's flight crew rest up for ChristmasReindeer on loan from the North Pole are visiting The Cincinnati Zoo. Here are a few facts you might not have known about them.
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    Jodi Arias psychologist details depression, anxiety

    Jodi Arias psychologist details depression, anxietyA psychologist in the Jodi Arias sentencing retrial returned to the stand to elaborate on Arias' depression and anxiety.
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    Nordstrom worker fired over posts about killing police

    Nordstrom worker fired over posts about killing policeNordstom fired an employee after learning about Facebook and Twiitter posts in which he appeared to have encouraged people to kill police officers.
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    Camera captures officer tasing 76-year-old man

    Camera captures officer tasing 76-year-old manA police officer in Victoria, Texas is being investigated for how he handled a traffic stop over an expired inspection sticker. Dashboard video shows him slamming the 76-year-old driver against a car and tasing him.
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