Jessica Simpson is expecting

(CNN) -- Jessica Simpson knows a picture is worth a thousand words. The singer and fashion designer announced her first pregnancy in October 2011 when she tweeted a photo of herself dressed as a mummy -- get it?!

'Big Stars, Big Giving': Making the world a better place in 2012 and beyond

(CNN) -- The holidays are a time of reflection and often a time of charity, even for some of Hollywood's biggest stars.

Starbucks makes political push on fiscal cliff

NEW YORK (CNNMoney) -- Starbucks is launching a political campaign this week it hopes will get the attention of Washington policymakers who have been unable to reach a deal to avert the fiscal cliff.

Japan parliament picks Shinzo Abe as prime minister

(CNN) -- The Japanese parliament elected Shinzo Abe as prime minister Wednesday, giving him a second chance at the same job five years after he resigned abruptly. Abe, 58, is the nation's seventh prime minister in six years.

Russian anti-U.S. adoption bill advances, goes to Putin for signing

(CNN) -- Russia's upper house of parliament has approved a controversial measure banning adoption of Russian children by U.S. families, Russian media reported Wednesday.

Southern storms to continue after damaging tornadoes

(CNN) -- The powerful storms that pounded the South will continue Wednesday, a day after tornadoes ripped through several states

Not your average Christmas movies

You're bound to find all the usual suspects on television pretty easily on Christmas Day -- "It's a Wonderful Life," "Home Alone," "Miracle on 34th Street." But what if you're feeling like the Grinch, o

Temple firefighters surprise sick kids

Giving gifts to sick kids- It has become an annual tradition for the Temple Fire Department. Every year, more than a dozen firefighters take time out of their Christmas morning to spread holiday cheer.

Pope expresses hope, calls for peace on Christmas

On Christmas, Pope Benedict XVI spread a hopeful message to his followers, calling for peace in many of the world's hot spots.