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The text message turns 20

It's been hailed for its succinctness and blamed for everything from sore thumbs to the decline of conversation. Love it or hate it, the text message is 20 years old.

NFL player's murder-suicide moves us to ask why

We always want answers. NFL linebacker Jovan Belcher, 25, shot to death the mother of his child, and then shot himself in the head in the middle of the afternoon Saturday outside the team's Kansas City practice facility.

Cory Booker spending week on food stamps

Hoping to break any stigmas of government assistance, Newark Mayor Cory Booker will live on food stamps this week--a challenge that first began as a Twitter conversation.

N.Y. governor calls on Washington to provide Sandy relief funds

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo visited Washington on Monday, telling White House officials and members of Congress that his state needs billions of dollars in federal assistance to rebuild and repair after Superstorm Sandy.

Military judge removed from Fort Hood shooting case

A military appeals court has removed the judge who had been overseeing accused Fort Hood shooter Maj. Nidal Hasan's court-martial, saying the judge was biased.

Five real-life wonderlands

With presents to buy and families to visit, the holiday season can become an endless to-do list.

Minnesota tests lottery-ticket purchases at the pump

The next time Minnesota drivers looking to play the Powerball lottery pay at the pump, the pump might pay them back.

SeaWorld defends protocol, staffers' actions after dolphin bites girl

SeaWorld defended itself Sunday from criticism from a family after a dolphin bit their 8-year-old daughter at the Orlando attraction.

You won the lottery! What's your tax hit?

The winners of the biggest Powerball lottery in history aren't the only ones celebrating. The IRS has hit a jackpot of its own, with millions of dollars in taxes potentially coming its way.

Ten ways falling off the fiscal cliff could hurt your health

If President Barack Obama and Congress cannot reach an agreement on the fiscal cliff, economic experts agree it would be devastating.