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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.

Suspect in Sydney seige was out on bail

Suspect in Sydney seige was out on bail »Play Video
The suspect in the Sydney hostage situation was out on bail, facing criminal charges. On his website he went by the name of Sheik Haron.

All signs are pointing to a man acting on his own and not as part of any terrorist of jihadist organization.

Australian police sources say the suspect was Iranian immigrant who had a very troubled criminal past.

His name: Man Haron Monis. On his website he went by the name of Sheik Haron.
    
Haron was apparently out on bail, facing charges in Australia on at least a dozen sexual assault cases.

He was also found guilty in 2012 for writing and mailing hate letters to the families of at least eight Australian soldiers killed in the line of duty in Afghanistan.

He also faced charges in connection with the murder of his ex-wife.

Study: Quality of football helmet may impact severity of concussions

Study: Quality of football helmet may impact severity of concussions »Play Video

Jed and Joe Jameson love the game of football, but one of them had to give it up.

Jed suffered concussions twice in a short amount of time.

A third would have meant he was done with high school sports for good.

But he wasn't only impacted on the field.

"I worked a lot slower, like I wasn't writing as fast," he said. "Some things, it felt like I couldn't remember. And then some problems I couldn't do."

Mall has child-birth simulator for men

Mall has child-birth simulator for men »Play Video
The pain of child birth is something only a woman can understand, at least it was, until now. A hospital in china is hooking men up to a simulator to mimic women's labor pains. David McKenzie, who's about to become a father for the second time, agreed to give it a try.

Dog rescued after getting head stuck in pipe

Dog rescued after getting head stuck in pipe »Play Video
A Jack Russell Terrier in Idaho is recuperating after getting its head stuck in a metal pipe. It took a team of people to save the animal. Jacqulyn Powell has the story.