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    Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush says he will “actively explore” presidential bid

    (CNN) — Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush has decided to “actively explore” a presidential bid after conversations with his family over Thanksgiving, he said in a Facebook post Tuesday. While Bush had been making steps toward a presidential bid with recent speeches in early primary states and plans to release documents from his time period as governor, the timing of Tuesday’s announcement was widely unexpected and will quicken the pace for some would-be Republican primary challengers. In the post, Bush […]

  • Alabama homeowners hold burglary suspects at gunpoint until deputies arrive

    WARRIOR, Ala. (CNN/WBRC) – A home security camera helps an Alabama homeowner catch the crooks that broke into his house. ┬áChris Wyatt and another family member held them at gunpoint until police arrived. Wyatt apprehended some of the suspects he believed responsible for breaking into his family’s home near Warrior. “They happen to drive by and we seen them drive by and we knew it was them and we stopped them,” said Chris Wyatt. Wyatt was able to recognize the […]

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    Survey: Teen drug use down

    (CNN) — Teens are losing some of their rebellious reputation with this news from the federal government. The latest Monitoring the Future survey, released on Tuesday by the National Institute on Drug Abuse, finds children are smoking fewer cigarettes, drinking less alcohol and abusing fewer prescription and synthetic drugs. Marijuana rates are stable, even with the increase in the number of states that allow people to use marijuana recreationally. Some 6.5% of eighth graders said they had smoked marijuana in […]

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    Amazon releases holiday shipping deadlines

    NEW YORK (CNNMoney) — Amazon is giving the gift of more time to procrastinating holiday shoppers. The company said Tuesday that customers will be able to order as late as 11:59 p.m. ET on December 19 and still receive their packages in time for Christmas, with free shipping. The deadline for free shipping last year was December 18. Need even more time? Amazon is offering its Prime members, who pay $99 a year, until December 22 for their last minute […]

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    Google releases top global searches of 2014

    (CNN) — In 2013, people just wanted to know how to twerk. It was a more innocent time. This year, people wanted to know if they had Ebola. Google has released its annual round-up of the year’s top global searches. Apple, Facebook and other companies also do these recaps, but those only show what we bought or posted publicly on social media. Our search history is a more honest, sometimes embarrassing, peek into what we really care about. In 2014, […]

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    Toys ‘R’ Us extends hours for last-minute shoppers

    NEW YORK (CNNMoney) — As Christmas nears, Toys ‘R’ Us said it will keep its stores open for 39 straight hours, from 6 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 23 through 9 p.m. the next day, Christmas Eve. Its flagship Times Square location, meanwhile, will remain open from 7 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 17 to 10 p.m. on Christmas eve a week later — over 180 hours of shopping time. Toys ‘R’ Us has hired on 45,000 seasonal employees, more than doubling its workforce, […]

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    Stevie Ray Vaughan among 2015 Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductees

    (CNN) — Drumroll, please: The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame has announced its 2015 class of honored musicians. Green Day; Bill Withers; Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble; Lou Reed; Joan Jett and the Blackhearts; and the Paul Butterfield Blues Band will all be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame next spring. Those six performers were selected from a list of 15 nominees, which also included acts like N.W.A., Nine Inch Nails, Sting, The Smiths and […]

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    Taliban attacks school in Pakistan; 126 people killed

    ISLAMABAD, Pakistan (CNN) — The Taliban stormed a military-run school in northwest Pakistan on Tuesday, gunning down at least 126 people — most of them children. Hours after the attack, Pakistani troops were still exchanging gunfire with the militants inside the Army Public School and Degree College in the violence-plagued city of Peshawar, about 120 kilometers (75 miles) from the country’s capital, Islamabad. Two explosions were also heard. By around 4 p.m. (6 a.m. ET), the Pakistani military had pushed […]

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    The true story of 17-year-old stock whiz: Yes, he’s a millionaire

    NEW YORK (CNNMoney) — It didn’t take long for New York Magazine’s story on a 17-year-old stock whiz with a rumored net worth of $72 million to make a splash. But the story’s juicy premise unraveled almost as quickly. Jessica Pressler wrote the profile of Mohammed Islam, a senior at Stuyvesant High School in Manhattan, for a feature called “Reasons to Love New York.” After getting an advanced look at Pressler’s piece, the New York Post put the improbable story […]

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    6 dead after shootings in 3 Pennsylvania communities

    (CNN) – Officials in Montgomery County, Pennsylvania, are seeking a man suspected in the deaths of six people and the serious wounding of another at three sites near Philadelphia on Monday. All “have a familial relationship” to the suspect, Bradley William Stone, 35, the Montgomery County district attorney’s office said in a statement. Law enforcement officials said the shootings appeared to stem from a domestic dispute. The gunman shot and killed his former wife and then shot and killed other […]

  • A couple in Hong Kong uses a selfie stick, a long pole used to extend their camera phone more than three feet away allowing a wide frame for the photograph.

    Selfie sticks: The hottest gift that just hasn’t caught on in the U.S. yet

    By Lisa Respers France (CNN) — Seriously, how is this not already huge in the United States? According to The Daily Mail, selfie sticks are the must-have gift this season in Britain. The pole is used to extend camera phones more than three feet away, thus allowing users to take group selfies, panoramic shots and the like. Thousands have already been purchased in the United Kingdom. No surprise, given that 2014 is the year of the selfie — at least, […]

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    Hostage-taker, 2 others killed as police raid cafe in Sydney, Australia

    (CNN) — Australian special forces troops and police stormed the cafe where a self-styled Muslim cleric had been holding hostages early Tuesday, killing the gunman and ending a crisis that had paralyzed central Sydney for hours. Two others were also killed. A national security source in the United States said the combined military-police team entered the Lindt Chocolate Cafe from two directions early Tuesday morning and killed the man, identified by an official with direct knowledge of the situation as […]

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