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Feds: 'Knockout' attack was a hate crime

A man charged with a federal hate crime in connection with a "knockout" assault against an elderly black man appears in court Friday afternoon for a detention hearing.

Alabama lawmaker to propose legislation backing 'Duck Dynasty' star

The controversial comments about homosexuality made by "Duck Dynasty" star Phil Robertson have come up in conversations across the country in the past two weeks and may make its way to the Alabama state legislature next month.

Eight disappearing tax breaks

Dozens of popular tax breaks are on the verge of disappearing. Credits and deductions benefiting everyone from teachers and students to homeowners are scheduled to expire at the end of the year, unless Congress extends them.

How to keep holiday left overs safe

Part of the fun of the holidays is eating the big family meal and enjoying the delicious left overs. Following some simple rules can keep our food safe

CNN Poll: GOP has edge in early midterm indicator

Democrats have lost their advantange and Republicans now have a slight edge in the battle for control of Congress, according to a new national poll.

There yet? UPS, FedEx moving Christmas packages late

UPS has trucks up and running Thursday -- and hopes that holiday cheer may assuage the frustrations of angry customers.

'Tranquil weather' and power outages through the end of the week

As the weather goes, there's good news and bad news.

Helpful tips for returning gifts

It's not over at the malls yet. After the holiday shopping rush, comes the holiday return dash.

Little Christmas tree brings smiles to military father & son

In 1969, Janet sent a small Christmas tree to Kevin Smith, a Navy Seabee in Vietnam. She thought she'd never see the ready-to-set-up tree from Sears-Roebuck again.

Wife's dying wish for husband's new family touches hometown

 Brenda Schmitz knew she wouldn't live to watch her four boys grow up.