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Rodney Davis was a tall kid from Macon, Georgia, known for protecting other kids who were being picked on. In Vietnam, Davis didn't think twice when a grenade landed in his bunker: he dove on it and saved the lives of fellow Marines he barely knew. Decades later, one of those Marines decided to visit Davis' gravesite and found it covered with weeds and tall grass. That sparked a massive effort to ensure that Davis' heroics are remembered and honored this Veterans Day.
It is nothing short of a miracle that Malala Yousufzai is still alive and even more astounding that she suffered no major brain or nerve damage after being gunned down in a bus on her way from school a month ago. In hardly more than four weeks, she has taken a harrowing odyssey from being unconscious in an intensive care unit in Pakistan to walking, writing, reading -- and smiling -- again in hospital in the UK.
Students in North Carolina have written letters of support to the 15-year-old girl who was shot by the Taliban for standing up for girls education. The letters will be presented to Gordon Brown, the special U.N. envoy, to take back to Malala Yousufzai in Birmingham where she is recovering from her injuries.
As the Northeast digs out from a second major storm in little more than a week, experts say Internet scam artists are preying on generous Americans who want to donate to the victims of Superstorm Sandy.
After Robert Stokely's son was killed in Iraq, he knew he had to see the place where his son fell. He finally made the trip last year, though it did not turn out the way he had imagined. Reporter Moni Basu first met Stokely after she covered his son's memorial service in Iraq and later, wrote about a father's grief. Now she tells the story of his journey to find peace in a place of war.
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He was antisocial and difficult to work with at first. He'd clearly been abused by his father as evidenced by the deep, round scab near his shoulder. He hadn't been eating well. And he was so skittish that the slightest noise or motion set him off. But Army veteran Jeff Wilson needed a new dog, and this pound puppy -- a border collie-German shepherd mix -- was it. He named him Lobo, and it wasn't long before Wilson, 44, realized they had the same issues. "We were kind of kindred spirits," he said. "I think it really helped deepen our connection because he wasn't just helping me; I was helping him. I was helping him get past the same obstacles that I had. I had to recognize it in myself and get past that to help him."
The storm that swept across the Northeast left indelible memories for many, but also erased some. Limor Garfinkle, whose Staten Island apartment is littered with scraps of paper that represent some of the most important memories of a woman she barely knows, is trying to salvage at least a few of them.
Xi Jinping is a mystery. So much so that the presumed leader-in-waiting of the world's most populous nation could vanish for more than a week without any explanation being given. In September this year, Xi disappeared. It sparked a flurry of rumors: he'd had a heart attack, suffered a stroke, was injured swimming, and had even gone on strike. Xi eventually re-appeared and normal transmission was resumed. But should we be so surprised? Barely an analyst I've spoken to can say they really know him, or what type of leader he would be.
CNN's Eye On series takes you to a different country each month. In October we visit Namibia highlighting the country's best and brightest people, plus framing its pressing issues in a global context.
A hard-hitting Kenyan movie about gang culture has become the country's first-ever film to be considered for an Oscar. "Nairobi Half Life" has just been shown at Film Africa 2012, which is currently taking place in London -- having already made history as the most successful theatrical release for a local film in Kenya, according to its producers.
It's not a career path followed by many. On Friday, the Right Reverend Justin Welby, a former oil executive, was confirmed as the next archbishop of Canterbury, and as such will become head of the 80 million-member worldwide Anglican Communion. Although Welby has been a bishop for just less than a year, his experience beyond the pulpit may be what has given him the edge over his rivals for the top job. He will take over from Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams, who has headed the church for more than a decade, in March.
POL-Campaign-2016 (with art)
Get ready: The 2016 campaign for the White House is getting under way. Among those attending next week's Republican Governors Association meeting in Las Vegas are the group's chairman, Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell, as well as popular Republicans such as New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker and Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal. While the RGA's annual confabs are all about policy and politics, 2016 is sure to come up because all four governors are thought to be contenders for the party's next presidential nomination. Even though the 2012 election is barely in the rear view mirror, speculation over the next race for the White House is getting started. With President Barack Obama winning a second term on Tuesday, an incumbent will not run in 2016, meaning both parties may have competitive nomination battles.
POL-Election-New-America (with art)
America woke up Wednesday, looked into a giant mirror made up of millions of votes and saw how it has been changing for decades. It wasn't just President Obama's re-election and the diverse coalition of minorities, women and youth that kept him in power. For the first time, voters approved same-sex marriage in three states. Margaret Hoover, a Republican analyst and CNN contributor, called it "a watershed moment." Meanwhile, Wisconsin elected the country's first openly gay U.S. senator.
POL-Why-Romney-Lost (with art)
Before Republicans went looking for answers Tuesday night, some of them went looking for the remote. When it became clear about midnight that President Barack Obama was safely on the way to re-election, a handful of cranky and inebriated Republican donors wandered about Romney's election night headquarters, angrily demanding that the giant television screens inside the ballroom be switched from CNN to Fox News, where Republican strategist Karl Rove was making frantic, face-saving pronouncements about how Ohio was not yet lost. Rove was wrong, of course.
POL-Obama-Federal-Courts (with art)
Between 1969 and 1993, all 11 justices confirmed to the Supreme Court were named by Republican presidents. Now the re-election of President Barack Obama promises to continue reshifting the balance of federal courts toward a more progressive stage, a legacy of judicial power that may be felt for decades. Obama has already named two justices to the top bench -- Sonia Sotomayor and Elena Kagan -- and it is possible he might name two or more in his second term.
POL-Analysis-Obama-Second-Term-issues (with art)
Even before he takes the oath of office for a second time, President Barack Obama has a crisis on his hands. On January 2, 2013, America will begin a long fall off the "fiscal cliff" -- unless the White House and Congress can agree on a deal to avert the plunge. And that's not going to be easy.
POL-Obama-Identity (with art)
A black man is returning to the White House. Four years ago, it was a first, the breaking of a racial barrier. Tuesday night, it was history redux. And more.
Over $100 billion is owed in unpaid child support -- nearly half of that to taxpayers supporting children on public assistance.
Iran's quest for a nuclear weapon has been the subject of much debate this election season, but the presidential candidates rarely discussed the most imminent danger Iran poses to the United States: cyberwarfare.
MONEY-Online-Voting-Election (with art)
Online voting is taking off in local elections, particularly overseas. But Americans shouldn't expect to vote for the president on their laptop or iPad anytime soon.
Gun sales are up in the wake of Barack Obama's re-election on Tuesday, driven by fears of tighter regulations under a Democratic president, especially for firearms that might be classified as assault weapons.
MONEY-Counterfeit-Tech (with art)
A record number of tech products used by the U.S. military and dozens of other federal agencies are fake. That opens up a myriad of national security risks, from dud missiles to short-circuiting airplane parts to cyberespionage.
MED-Kerner-Fantasies (with art)
With the book "Fifty Shades of Grey" still flying off the shelves, women are discovering the power of sexual fantasy, some for the first time.
Strangers often trust Edward with their secrets, whether it be on planes or walking down the street. He even became a confidant in one place that he doesn't want most people to know he spent time: prison.
We're living in a golden age for brain research, which could revolutionize how we think, feel and behave. Thanks to brain scans like the fMRI, brain activity can be localized and even the most precise activity pinpointed. For example, researchers can spot the minuscule area in the visual cortex that, when damaged, prevents a person from recognizing faces, including his own. The slant in neuroscience has been to map the brain down to the tiniest detail.
MED-Marijuana-Research-Roundup (with art)
On Tuesday, Colorado and Washington became the first two states to legalize recreational use of marijuana. The referendums come at a time when more than a third of states have approved the cannabis plant for medicinal purposes. Proponents for legalizing marijuana tout its pain-relieving benefits and use by cancer patients undergoing chemotherapy or radiation treatments; opponents stress that science has yet to prove the drug is safe.
I will be as thrilled -- or disappointed -- by the results of the presidential election as the next guy. But I have to caution you against letting your emotions get too carried away by the election results -- especially if you are a man. It could be bad for your health. To put it bluntly: being on a losing team can be deadly.
TECH-iPad-Mini-Review (with art)
Apple's latest tablet comes in a smaller, pocketable, gripable, adorable new travel size. But the iPad Mini is more than just a smaller face -- it's a whole new product with its own killer features and disappointments. Joining the iPhone and 10-inch iPad in Apple's iOS lineup, the 7.8-inch iPad enters a crowded market of 7-inch tablets. Here's a closer look at the Mini and how it stacks up against its competitors.
It's been more than a week since Hurricane Sandy battered the East Coast, leaving a mess in its wake that we'll be cleaning for months to come. In addition to consuming our worries and our watercooler chatter, the disaster has taken social media by, uh, superstorm, keeping us connected as we weathered the build-up, the tempest and its aftermath.
When it comes to social media's heavy hitters, there are no bigger players than Facebook or Twitter, right? Not if you're in South Africa.
Incredible architecture and art are splendid and interesting enough but when I go to Italy, I want to eat. Which is why, after a dozen trips to the country, I decided to settle into the city of Bologna for a few weeks and consume as much as I possibly could.
TRAVEL-Cheapest-Times-to-Travel (with art)
If your passport is gathering dust and your suitcase desperately needs a workout, don't throw away thoughts of a thrilling vacation just because your wallet doesn't match your wanderlust. Supply and demand dictate pricing in nearly every industry, and travel is no exception.
Traveling to Rio de Janeiro for a two-day tournament last year, professional golfer Amanda Blumenherst couldn't catch a break. The Arizona-based golfer's flight to Dallas was detoured to San Antonio because of bad weather. Blumenherst, who joined the Ladies Professional Golf Association in 2010, slept in San Antonio and flew on to Dallas the next day. That day, a seven-hour delay for her flight to Rio turned into a cancellation and another night in a hotel.
TRAVEL-End-of-World-Maya-Hotel-Packages (with art)
If you believe the Mayas, the end of the world is near. At least that's how some people have interpreted the fact that when the Mesoamericans conceived their Long Count calendar more than 5,000 years ago, it happened to stop at December 21, 2012. Others believe the end of the Maya calendar simply refers to the coming of a major global physical or spiritual transmogrification, marking the start of a new era. Whichever camp you fall into, if you don't want to be sitting at home in your recliner when the big day comes, consider heading to one of the many hotels that are marking the date with special Maya-themed deals and packages. We've highlighted a handful of examples both in the heart of Maya country and beyond.
FEA-One-Community-Rallies-After-Sandy (with art)
The vegetables I've been writing about this season - the invasive purslane weed, inscrutable kohlrabi and endless bushes of leafy greens - all came from Added Value, an urban farm located on the edge of Brooklyn's Red Hook waterfront neighborhood. By Monday night, the farm was buried under almost three feet of water. Sandy's storm surge sent a flood of river water, mud and industrial sludge cascading through Red Hook, drowning hundreds of homes and local businesses. The farm lost its fall crops, some of its physical structures, and an estimated $10,000 to $40,000 in equipment..
Country singer and millennial Taylor Swift recently told the Daily Beast she doesn't consider herself a feminist, explaining to the interviewer who posed the question: "I don't really think about things as guys versus girls." But many feminists would argue that Swift, 22, is missing the point, that feminism isn't a battle between the sexes.
When Superstorm Sandy knocked the power out, the cash stopped flowing for thousands of low-wage workers in Greater New York. But a Manhattan-based foundation is providing a port in the storm. Modest Needs Foundation is offering to pay up to $1,500 to cover rent or mortgage payments for beleaguered restaurant and hotel workers, hairdressers and other people who depend on tip income.
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