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.

SpaceX increases Grasshopper tests

This week SpaceX released footage of its’ most recent rocket test. SpaceX successfully tested their Grasshopper rocket at its' McGregor facility back in November.

Christmas tornadoes, snow possible as weather system moves east

A large, powerful storm system threatens to bring a white Christmas to parts of the Great Plains and dangerous tornadoes to the Southeast, forecasters say.

Researchers one step closer to finding a male birth control pill

Ever since its inception more than 50 years ago birth control has been a source of constant controversy but it's played a key role in allowing women to prevent unwanted pregnancies.