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SeaWorld challenges ban limiting interaction between whale and trainer

No stranger to performances, SeaWorld must put on a very different kind of show Tuesday in what could be a make-or-break day for the aquatic entertainment giant.

Military dad surprises son at school

A South Carolina boy got a heartwarming surprise at school just in time for Veteran's Day. His military dad arrived home from Afghanistan early and decided to surprise him with a little help from the school.

Who is Pfc. Clarence Merriott, and why was his Purple Heart for sale?

Mixed in with costume jewelry and trinkets was a gold and purple heart-shaped medal bearing the image of George Washington.

My dad carried the pain of war, alone

Every war veteran has stories. They can be shocking, harrowing, tragic -- sometimes even funny. The problem for families trying to understand those experiences, on Veterans Day and every day, is that they won't hear much about them.

Lifting the veil of secrecy: Meet the female code-breakers of WWII

"This is Norway checker," echoed the voice through the scrambler. "I have a good stop for you in Stavanger." Nobody on the outside world could have known what she meant.

Who is Pfc. Clarence Merriott, and why was his Purple Heart for sale?

Mixed in with costume jewelry and trinkets was a gold and purple heart-shaped medal bearing the image of George Washington.

Thanks for your service, vets! Now try finding a job

Suddenly, Patrick Caruso's days as a Marine were done. Like many young men and women who've served their country, Caruso's first weeks back in the civilian world felt "kind of like a shell shock."

Kerry 'not blind' to Rouhani's past

America's top diplomat dismissed concerns Sunday that the Obama administration was not being skeptical enough while the U.S.

Glitz, glamour, low pay, what it's like to be an NFL Cheerleader

You see them on the sidelines of most games. Cheerleaders have become an iconic part of NFL Sundays. But behind the glitz and glamor, there's grueling hours, long days, and some critics argue low pay.

Homeless man naps in Pittsburgh presidential suite

 Jeffery Watson napped in the comfort of a $2,500 presidential suite at Pittsburgh's stately Omni William Penn Hotel, which has hosted movie stars, leaders of industry, and every U.S.