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Pope expresses hope, calls for peace

On Christmas, Pope Benedict XVI spread a hopeful message to his followers, calling for peace in many of the world's hot spots.

'It's a police thing' -- nearby cops move in, give Newtown officers Christmas off

From around the world, condolences and offers of support have washed tragedy-ravaged Newtown, Connecticut, with wave after wave of sympathy from people trying somehow, some way, to reach out, to help, to comfort.

New York town's 'Firefighter of the Year' shot dead responding to blaze

Seven weeks ago, Michael Chiapperini was in Long Island, helping those suffering after Superstorm Sandy. Two weeks ago, he was named "Firefighter of the Year" for his department in his upstate New York town of Webster.

Christmas tornadoes, snow possible as weather system moves east

A large, powerful storm system threatens to bring a white Christmas to parts of the Great Plains and dangerous tornadoes to the Southeast, forecasters say.

Rihanna gives hefty donation to Barbados hospital

Rihanna has opened her heart and her wallet this holiday season with a $1 million-plus donation to a hospital in her native Barbados.

Bethenny Frankel, husband Jason Hoppy split

Reality star Bethenny Frankel and her husband Jason Hoppy are parting ways. The couple, who would have been married for three years come March, have one daughter together.

Gas prices slide, but the decline won't last, survey says

Gas prices have fallen nearly 12 cents over the last two weeks, continuing a "price crash," the publisher of a new survey said Sunday.

Obama is CNN's Most Intriguing Person of 2012

A year ago, President Barack Obama was under fire. Today, he is being feted.

Two firefighters shot, killed while battling New York blaze

At least two firefighters were shot and killed at the scene of a fire that engulfed multiple houses in upstate New York on Monday, police said.

A message from beyond: Peace in Newtown

Grace McDonnell would write messages for her mother in the bathroom window. On the first day without Grace, the bathroom fogged up and mom glanced at the window. And right there was a message from beyond the grave.