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Holidays

Cop surprises teen with tickets - but not the bad kind

Cop surprises teen with tickets - but not the bad kindA Wisconsin dad said he wanted to surprise his daughter, who has been battling an illness
  • Holidays
  • 2 hours, 40 minutes ago
Gaming

Video game networks still spotty after Kim Dotcom offer

Video game networks still spotty after Kim Dotcom offerKim Dotcom offered lifetime vouchers for his MegaPrivacy website.
  • Gaming
  • 1 hour, 24 minutes ago
Nation

Wis. man's Christmas tree still up after four decades

Wis. man's Christmas tree still up after four decadesFather, 89, planned to take down tree when all six sons could be home again together.
  • Nation
  • 15 hours, 58 minutes ago
Saltzman

The best (new and free) apps of 2014

The best (new and free) apps of 2014Marc Saltzman offers up essential downloads for your favorite smartphone, tablet.
  • Saltzman
  • 1 day, 12 hours ago
Crime

Christmas Eve crooks hold man a gunpoint

Christmas Eve crooks hold man a gunpointIn an especially brazen crime, one victim was pulled from his car and robbed at gunpoint
  • Crime
  • 13 hours, 47 minutes ago
Nation

Woman switches seats on plane, spends 3 days in jail

Woman switches seats on plane, spends 3 days in jailPolice arrested Jean Mamakos for trespassing after she refused to leave the plane.
  • Nation
  • 3 hours, 37 minutes ago
Health

Study: E-cigarettes damage healthy cells

Study: E-cigarettes damage healthy cellsMore than 40 million Americans have used e-cigarettes, but a new study shows the liquid inside damages healthy cells and increases your risk of respiratory infections.
  • Health
  • 3 hours, 26 minutes ago
Local

Grinch strikes family days before Christmas

Grinch strikes family days before ChristmasOrnaments were everywhere and furniture had been overturned
  • Local
  • 17 hours, 24 minutes ago
Komando

Your car's hidden 'black box' and how to keep it private

Your car's hidden 'black box' and how to keep it privateKnow what's recorded, and who has access to that information.
  • Komando
  • 6 hours, 41 minutes ago
Cars

Test Drive's five favorite vehicles in 2014

Test Drive's five favorite vehicles in 2014Eco gets sexy and fun, with three-cylinder engines, zippy diesels and lighter vehicles.
  • Cars
  • 4 hours, 58 minutes ago
Local

Houston's Secret Santa spreads holiday cheer

Houston's Secret Santa spreads holiday cheerRandy Hartley is always looking to help spread comfort and joy
  • Local
  • 13 hours, 44 minutes ago
Entertainment

Fans sell out 'The Interview' on Christmas

Fans sell out 'The Interview' on ChristmasMovie-goers say they were looking forward to this movie for a long time
  • Entertainment
  • 17 hours, 38 minutes ago
Life

Groom surprises bride-to-be with flash mob wedding

Groom surprises bride-to-be with flash mob weddingIt's a viral video with a whole lot of heart: a YouTube clip of a recent wedding that left the bride completely stunned
  • Life
  • 16 hours ago
Nation

Dad gets new heart, survives for son's 1st Christmas

Dad gets new heart, survives for son's 1st ChristmasA tough cold led to a nearly deadly illness for Georgia father-to-be.
  • Nation
  • 20 hours, 2 minutes ago
Talking Tech

5 things you didn't know you could do with your smartphone

5 things you didn't know you could do with your smartphoneThere's more to a smartphone than just text, e-mail, surfing and making calls.
  • Talking Tech
  • 1 day, 6 hours ago
Local

Couple watches as home is destroyed by fire

Couple watches as home is destroyed by fireThe couple only had to time to grab a few things and barely made it out in time
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  • 15 hours, 46 minutes ago
Local

Volunteer serves in honor of sister's memory

Volunteer serves in honor of sister's memoryCharles Graham creates a feast every Christmas for the Midtown Salvation Army Christmas party
  • Local
  • 19 hours, 24 minutes ago
Crime

Man cuts through wall to take laundromat cash

Man cuts through wall to take laundromat cashSurveillance video caught this thief in the act in a west Houston laundromat.
  • Crime
  • 13 hours, 48 minutes ago
Business

How to easily return presents

How to easily return presentsStores are trying to make returns more hassle free, just like online retailers.
  • Business
  • 1 day, 4 hours ago
Features

Professor wants to send 'pee power' to Mars

Professor wants to send 'pee power' to MarsA box created for the Mars One competition would convert 20 milliliters of urine carried from Earth into at least 16 milliliters of clean water
  • Features
  • 15 hours, 52 minutes ago
Local

Driver in deadly crash had BAC three times legal limit

Driver in deadly crash had BAC three times legal limitJustin Edward Davis has been charged with intoxication manslaughter
  • Local
  • 17 hours, 36 minutes ago
Movies

2014 was a wild and wacky year in movies

2014 was a wild and wacky year in moviesUSA TODAY's movie staff recalls 2014's triumphs and troubles.
  • Movies
  • 21 hours, 50 minutes ago
Houston Rockets

Josh Smith signing, McHale extension show the Rockets are all in

Josh Smith signing, McHale extension show the Rockets are all inReports on Christmas Eve Wednesday paint a picture of a Houston Rockets organization that believes it has finally reached the championship-caliber foundation it's been searching for since injuries ripped apart the Yao Ming-Tracy McGrady era.
  • Houston Rockets
  • 1 day, 1 hour ago
Nation Now

10-year-old brings color to inmates' graves

10-year-old brings color to inmates' gravesIn her spare time, Jeweleen Reiter likes to go to cemeteries and decorate graves of inmates.
  • Nation Now
  • 22 hours, 24 minutes ago
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