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US experiencing surge in flu cases

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The nation is experiencing a surge in flu cases - and so far it appears to be worse than last year.

A week ago, flu was widespread in 4 states. Now there are 29 states experiencing rampant flu outbreaks.

Repeat 911 hang up caller gets a gift instead of a trip to jail

Valley Emergency Communications Center dispatchers are problem solvers, and Thursday they proved it in a non-emergency situation when they pooled their cash to buy one of their regular callers an iPod.

'The Interview': Obama says Sony 'made a mistake' in wake of cyber attack

'The Interview': Obama says Sony 'made a mistake' in wake of cyber attack »Play Video
Down come the posters for "The Interview" after the decision to pull the film in the wake of cyber attacks and threats blamed on North Korea.

President Obama said Friday that Sony Pictures Entertainment "made a mistake" pulling "The Interview" from theaters, decrying what he called censorship by cyberterrorism.

"I wish they had spoken to me first," the president said. "We cannot have a society in which some dictatorship someplace can start imposing censorship."

Surreal hailstorm destroyed home in 12 minutes

Surreal hailstorm destroyed home in 12 minutes
A home's siding is torn off after being blistered by large hail and strong winds in Hooper, Nebraska on June 3, 2014. (Photo courtesy: Kevin Krohn )

On June 3, 2014, a storm featuring 50-80 mph winds and tennis ball-to-softball-size hail sandblasted a tiny town in eastern Nebraska, leaving homes in tatters. Lois Krohn was home when the ferocious storm hit and now more than six months after the storm, shares her story of being in the middle of Mother Nature's wrath.

US and Cuba start talks to normalize relations

The United States and Cuba will start talks on normalizing full diplomatic relations, marking the most significant shift in U.S. policy toward the communist island in decades.

Secret Santa pays off $50K in layaway bills at Walmart

Secret Santa pays off $50K in layaway bills at Walmart »Play Video
"It's a blessing, like whoever didn't believe in God, Santa B might be God," Christine Hollman said.

A state of shock and relief all around a Walmart in Pennsylvania on Tuesday after someone special stopped by.

"I actually walked to the bathroom and cried when they handed me money," said Brittny Coyman, whose layaway balance was paid by "Santa B." "A few dollars back and just told me it was completely paid off."

Lower prices at pump fuel holiday travel

Lower prices at pump fuel holiday travel »Play Video

The holiday rush is on as the season of "going" shifts into high gear.

AAA says this holiday season will be the busiest ever, with as many as 98.6 million Americans taking a trip.

Some will fly; others will take a train.

But 9 out of 10 travelers will be packing up and hitting the road, many of those trips fueled by lower prices at the pump.

Postal Service expects to process 640 million pieces of mail Dec. 15

Postal Service expects to process 640 million pieces of mail Dec. 15 »Play Video
The United States Postal Service Seattle Processing and Distribution Center in Tukwila, WA processes all outgoing priority mail. During the busy holiday season, which includes Thanksgiving until Christmas, will process and send out 18 million packages from Seattle. December 17th 2013. (Joshua Lewis / KOMO News)

Monday, Dec. 15, was the last day to send things out as standard mail to have an expected delivery of Christmas Eve.

It's the busiest day of the year for the Postal Service, which expected to process 640 million pieces of mail - a 5 percent increase over last year.