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Sydney cafe siege: What we know, what we don't know

The cafe siege in the heart of Sydney ended early Tuesday with the death of the gunman and two of his hostages -- but a great deal of unanswered questions remain.

Taliban militants dead after killing at least 130, mostly children, in Pakistan school

A deadly, hours-long siege of a school in northwest Pakistan ended Tuesday evening with all the Taliban militants responsible killed, at least 130 people -- most of them children -- dead and a country once again grasping for answers after a hor

Democrats taunt Cruz over surgeon general vote

Democrats are taunting Texas Sen. Ted Cruz for effectively allowing them a victory on a controversial nominee for surgeon general.

Schools closed as manhunt goes on for Pennsylvania shooting spree suspect

Dread and uncertainty hung over Montgomery County, north of Philadelphia, early Tuesday as authorities hunted for a former Marine reservist suspected of killing his ex-wife and five former in-laws.
Two Salvation Army kettles stolen at Arizona grocery store

Two Salvation Army kettles stolen at Arizona grocery store

Police are investigating two separate thefts of Salvation Army Red Kettles from the same grocery store. The thefts happened at the Bashas' at 48th Street and Warner Road in Ahwatukee.
Airlines get $1 billion from baggage fees

Airlines get $1 billion from baggage fees

It's hard to escape paying a fee for a checked bag these days, and it's starting to add up -- to nearly $1 billion.
El Torito restaurant founder Larry Cano dies at 90

El Torito restaurant founder Larry Cano dies at 90

The Houston Chronicle is reporting; Larry J. Cano, the founder of the El Torito restaurant chain who helped popularize guacamole, fajitas and margaritas with the U.S. masses, has at age 90.
China's factories losing steam

China's factories losing steam

China's factories are losing steam as the year draws to a close, adding to worries that the world's second-largest economy is slowing.
What you really Googled in 2014

What you really Googled in 2014

In 2013, people just wanted to know how to twerk. It was a more innocent time. This year, people wanted to know if they had Ebola.
At least 126, most of them children, slaughtered as Taliban storm Pakistan school

At least 126, most of them children, slaughtered as Taliban storm Pakistan school

The Taliban stormed a military-run school in northwest Pakistan on Tuesday and gunned down at least 126 people, most of them children, in one of the country's deadliest attacks in recent weeks.
Sydney hostage-taker called himself a cleric -- and had a criminal record

Sydney hostage-taker called himself a cleric -- and had a criminal record

The gunman who held hostages for more than 16 hours in a Sydney cafe was no stranger to police -- and was on bail for violent criminal offenses at the time of the siege.
Walmart 'layaway 'angel' pays $50k

Walmart 'layaway 'angel' pays $50k

Layaway angels continue to spread joy across the country this holiday season. Stories of anonymous, deep-pocketed patrons paying for customers' layaway items at major retailers are becoming more common as Christmas nears.
Walmart 'layaway 'angel' pays $50k

Walmart 'layaway 'angel' pays $50k

 Layaway angels continue to spread joy across the country this holiday season.
Airlines get $1 billion from baggage fees

Airlines get $1 billion from baggage fees

 It's hard to escape paying a fee for a checked bag these days, and it's starting to add up -- to nearly $1 billion.
Story of the $72 million teen trader unravels

Story of the $72 million teen trader unravels

  It didn't take long for New York Magazine's story on a 17-year-old stock whiz with a rumored net worth of $72 million to make a splash. But the story's juicy premise unraveled almost as quickly.