'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.

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.