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Italian Town Of Sambuca In Sicily Sells Homes For A DollarLooking for a dose of instant sunshine to help you through the winter? This latest deal out of Italy could be just the warm jolt of vitamin D you need.
Stay-At-Home Moms Deserve $160K+ Salary, Survey SaysThe different roles played by mothers included accountant, coach, dietitian, plumber, tailor, judge, janitor, nurse and psychologist.
The Next Big Sporting Trend Could Be Jetpack RacingThe U.S. company Jetpack Aviation says it's completed test flights to see how close two jetpacks can fly next to each other.
Tips To Help You Keep Your New Year's ResolutionExperts say to make your resolutions stick you should focus on what you really want, not what's trendy.
Times Square New Year’s Eve Ball Ready To Welcome 2019An estimated 1 million people gather around Manhattan’s Times Square each New Year’s Eve, while millions more watch the ball drop on television and online.
Social Media Erupts Over New Instagram UpdateThe update now has users tap or swipe horizontally through their feed, versus vertically.
Year In Review: Minnesota's Most Heartwarming Stories From 2018In a rough year, there remained those little jewels of hope, the stories that reminded us all of the importance of humanity, love and affection.
Aquarium Apologizes For Fat-Shaming Its Own OtterA tweet featured social media words and phrases such as "thick," "c h o n k" and "OH LAWD SHE COMIN" which are often used to describe someone who is overweight.
Many To Use Holidays To Catch Up On Binge WatchingA survey found 72 percent of avid watchers admitted to postponing a holiday tradition specifically so they could watch a TV show.

Offbeat National News

'Help Me': Terrified Woman Whispers Plea To Visiting Deputy After Being Strangled, RapedA sheriff's deputy in North Carolina was in the right place at the right time to rescue the victim of a violent rape.
'Miracle' Puppy That Survived Attempted Euthanasia Finds Forever HomeA puppy that survived attempted euthanasia has found a forever home after his incredible story of survival went viral.
Video: Moose Chases Snowboarders At Breckenridge Ski ResortA moose sent snowboarders scrambling on Sunday -- after charging at them on a run at Breckenridge Ski Resort.
The Westbrook, Maine Ice Disc Now Has Its Own WebcamBrown University researchers have worked with the city to set up the camera that takes a photo of the formation in the Presumpscot River every minute.
3 Juveniles Arrested After Vehicle Crashes Into Police StationThree juveniles who allegedly crashed a stolen vehicle into a Utah police station Monday morning and then fled the scene have been taken into custody, police say.
High Blood Pressure Medication Recalled For Cancer-Causing IngredientPrinston Pharmaceutical Inc. has voluntarily recalled one lot of Irbesartan and seven lots of Irbesartan HCTZ Tablets due to a detection of trace amount of an unexpected impurity found in an ingredient.
Woman Escapes After Driving Alleged Kidnapper To Police StationAn Indiana woman who was forced at gunpoint to drive to an apartment complex outsmarted her captor by driving him to the police station instead, authorities said.
Perdue Recalls Simply Smart Organics Gluten Free Chicken Breast NuggetsPerdue Foods is recalling nearly 50,000 bags of frozen chicken nuggets. 
Divers Swim With Massive 20 Foot Great White Shark In 'Magical Encounter'A group of divers had what they describe as a "magical  encounter" with a 20 foot, 2.5 ton great white shark in the waters off of Oahu, Hawaii.