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Jello salad and lots of biscuits: reminiscences of a White House chef

John Moeller knows a lot of secrets from his time working at the White House. But unlike a former Oval Office aide or a chief of staff, he has the real dish and is leaving nothing off the table. Moeller is letting America in on the gravy -- and

Israel decries U.S. snooping; presses for spy's release

Israeli officials are protesting revelations of National Security Agency snooping on their leaders, while also taking the opportunity to press for the United States to release an Israeli spy. Jonathan Pollard, a former U.S.

Christmas Eve spacewalk for repair job begins

While many people may spend Christmas Eve doing last-minute shopping, two American astronauts have a more challenging matter to attend to Tuesday. In orbit more than 200 miles above Earth, flight engineers Rick Mastracchio and Mike Hopkins embarke

Christmas Eve spacewalk for repair job begins

While many people may spend Christmas Eve doing last-minute shopping, two American astronauts have a more challenging matter to attend to Tuesday. In orbit more than 200 miles above Earth, flight engineers Rick Mastracchio and Mike Hopkins embarke

VIDEO: Soldier's family Christmas, faith restored after thieves steal presents

Thieves ruined a United States Soldier's Christmas surprise. They swiped all of the gifts intended for his family. But, strangers have stepped in to save their holiday.

VIDEO: Final Christmas wish for late wife's husband fufilled

A very special Christmas wish touched an Iowa family and a radio station. The station, Star 102.5 in Des Moines, holds a contest every Christmas to grant wishes.

Wife's dying wish for husband's new family touches hometown

Brenda Schmitz knew she wouldn't live to watch her four boys grow up. Diagnosed with stage four ovarian cancer, she was told she would die within months.

Father drops 3-year-old son from roof, then jumps to his death

NEW YORK (CNN) -- A father who had recently lost custody of his 3-year-old son dropped the toddler from the roof of a 52-story Manhattan building on Sunday before leaping to his own death, according to the New York Police Department.

Did the NSA overreach? Lawmakers spar over data-collection program

Members of Congress are split on whether to rein in the National Security Agency's surveillance activities after intelligence leaks revealed the extent of the government's data-collection program.

Target credit card hack: What you need to know

 The major hack of discount retailer Target that stole credit and debit card data from 40 million accounts was still reverberating several days later.