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Dog Owner Offers Out Hugs to Heal Newtown

In an attempt to heal not only the ones directly connected to the tragedy at Newtown, CT, this past Friday, but the entire town, retired special education teacher Michael Cragin has decided to offer out hugs — not from him, but from his beloved bulldog Truman.

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Talking to Children About Tragedy in Wake of Connecticut School Shooting

How do you explain the unexplainable to children? Today, parents across the country, including myself, were faced with this  -- fumbling over words while explaining the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown - located only 20 miles away from my own daughter's elementary school.

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Are You Sending Out a Holiday Card This Christmas? [POLL]

The last two weeks before Christmas is always full of last minute shopping and getting things ready for Dec. 25. One of the great traditions that is done at about this point is the annual end of the year letter with a Christmas card, which is usually the end of the year family photo.

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photo courtesy of Good Morning America - Mo. Couple Wins Half of Powerball Jackpot (ABC News)

Dearborn Couple Claim Powerball Prize

A Dearborn couple made Powerball history by winning half of the game’s largest jackpot ever and the state’s largest prize. Cindy and Mark Hill said they are in shock after discovering they held one of two tickets that matched all six numbers drawn to win the record Nov. 28 jackpot worth $587.5 million.

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Powerball Jackpot Climbs To $550 Million

Strong sales have once again pushed the Powerball jackpot into unprecedented territory. For the second time in as many days, the jackpot for tonight’s drawing has been increased, with the estimated prize now set at $550 million. It’s the largest jackpot prize ever offered in the game, with a cash option worth approximately $360.2 million in one payment before taxes.

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Don’t Miss the Postal Service Shipping Deadlines for the 2012 Holiday Season

Christmas may be about six weeks away, but it is time to start thinking about where you plan to send gifts, packages and mail. The United States Postal Service is predicting that over 365 million packages will be delivered this holiday season, which is 20% more than 2011.

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Americans Observe Veterans Day

Millions of Americans took time to observe Veterans Day in cities across the nation on Sunday.

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Carrie Underwood Donates Proceeds From Atlantic City Show to Hurricane Sandy Victims

Carrie Underwood has such a huge and generous heart. The singer performed at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, N.J. on Friday (Nov. 10) and announced that she would be donating all profits and proceeds from the evening's show to victims of Hurricane Sandy.

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Hank Williams, Jr. Says America Has ‘Committed Economic Suicide’ in Re-Electing President Obama

It looks like ultra-conservative country music star Hank Williams, Jr. hasn't warmed up much to President Obama in the wake of his victory Tuesday over Republican challenger Mitt Romney. The staunch hunter and gun rights supporter took to Twitter Thursday morning (Nov. 8) to predict financial doom and gloom for America as a result of the president winning a second term.

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Jared Loughner Sentenced to Life in Prison Without Parole

In a federal court today in Tuscon, Arizona, Jared Loughner received a life sentence without parole for his shooting rampage in January 2011 that killed six people and wounded 13, including then-U.S. Representative Gabrielle Giffords (D.-Ariz.).

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