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Holiday shipping: Last minute tips

So you're done with your shopping. Now can you beat the shipping deadlines? A few basic tips can help insure your package arrives intact and on time.

Bones found on Massachusetts beach

Massachusetts officials are investigating after human remains were found Saturday on Plum Island Beach in Newbury.

Gunshots at Sydney hostage scene

Gunfire erupted early Tuesday at the Sydney cafe where a gunman has been holding hostages. Police could be seen throwing flash-bang grenades into the cafe in video aired by CNN affiliate Seven Network.

Spectacular marriage proposal goes wrong

A man's attempt at a spectacular marriage proposal went horribly wrong in the Netherlands Saturday.

Hostage situation unfolds in Sydney: 13 hostages held in a cafe

Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott told reporters Monday that authorities do not know the motivation of the person responsible for the ongoing hostage situation in Sydney.

Cheney has no regrets: 'I would do it again in a minute'

A defiant former Vice President Dick Cheney doubled-down on his defense of the extreme interrogation techniques used by the CIA on detainees in the wake of the 9/11 terrorist attacks on Sunday, saying, "I would do it again in a minute.&quo

El Pasoan crossed illegally into North Korea and denounces U.S. policies

An American who said he crossed illegally into North Korea gave an unusual press conference in the country on Sunday, where he denounced the U.S. political and economic systems.

3 inmates, 2 charged with murder, escape Alabama jail

Two men charged with murder and another being held on armed robbery charges escaped early Saturday from a rural Alabama county jail, a local sheriff said.

Bill Cosby facing litany of allegations

(CNN) -- It seems as if every day brings another allegation that further dismantles Bill Cosby's image as the jovial, pudding-loving patriarch whose family-friendly brand of comedy tickled successive generations.

Protesters gear up for weekend marches against police violence

After days of descending on cities coast to coast, protesters demanding an end to police brutality are expected to get loud again Saturday.

Minivan Mom: Not Guilty

(WESH) A Florida judge has found a mother who drove her van in the ocean in Daytona Beach with her three young children inside not guilty by reason of insanity.

How much Christmas can you handle?

Did crawling into the grungy mall Santa's lap as a child send you into peals of laughter instead of hysterical sobs? Did you love the sight of rock-hard fruit cake?

Cleveland police's fatal shooting of Tamir Rice ruled homicide

The death of Tamir Rice, the 12-year-old boy who was fatally shot last month by Cleveland police after allegedly brandishing what authorities say was an air gun, has been ruled a homicide, the Cuyahoga County medical examiner's office said

Visiting soldier can't stay in wife's apartment, landlord says

A soldier returning home for the holidays to see his wife and newborn baby in Central is being kicked out of his wife's apartment after the landlord said he is overstaying the time allowed for visitors.

Famed model hopes her Cosby allegation spurs others to come forward

One day after joining more than a score of other women accusing Bill Cosby, famed model Beverly Johnson told CNN that the legendary comedian's reputation for such acts was a secret in Hollywood -- one she only wished she knew about 30 years