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Celebs of All Kinds Get Involved With St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital

Over the years, many people in the public eye—including actors, NASCAR drivers, musicians, political leaders, supermodels and more—have gotten involved with St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.

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What We Know About Pope Benedict’s Resignation

In stunning news, Pope Benedict XVI announced Monday morning from the Vatican that he will resign his position as head of the Catholic Church, effective on February 28. This has already set off a flurry of speculation, largely because no pope has voluntarily done so since the year 1415.

The news is still coming in, but here's what we know so far:

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Does the NRA’s Ad Featuring Obama’s Children Go Too Far?

On Wednesday President Obama announced a series of proposals to address gun violence. The day before, the National Rifle Association, which opposes the president's ideas, released a Web ad that stoked controversy, particularly because the ad focuses on Obama's daughters.

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Wal-Mart Plans to Hire 100,000 Veterans

The national unemployment rate spiked following the 2008 financial crash, and it has remained stubbornly high ever since. Unfortunately, it has been even worse for returning American servicemembers. Today, though, Wal-Mart announced a plan to hire 100,000 veterans over the next five years.

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Celebrity Birthdays for January 3 — Mel Gibson and More

Here's a look at some notable birthdays being celebrated today:

Mel Gibson
Age: 58
Occupation: Actor, Director and Tabloid Moneymaker
Known For: Appearing in the 'Mad Max' and 'Lethal Weapon' movie franchises, winning an Oscar for directing 'Braveheart,' repeatedly spewing homophobic, anti-Semitic, racist and misogynistic comments, and losing $400 million in possibly the most expensive divorce in Hollywood history

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New Movies This Week — ‘Django Unchained,’ ‘Les Miserables,’ ‘Parental Guidance’ and More

It's a busy time at the movies these days. Studios are trying to get all their releases in before the December 31 Oscar deadline, and they're also vying for your precious holiday dollar. This week's offerings include a few that came out on Christmas—Quentin Tarantino's latest, an adaptation of a much loved musical, a family comedy, and a documentary about the justice system—and the first collaboration between Matt Damon and Gus Van Sant since 'Good Will Hunting,' due out Friday.

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Celebrity Birthdays for December 27 — Hayley Williams and More

Here's a look at some notable birthdays being celebrated today:

Hayley Williams
Age: 24
Occupation: Singer and Songwriter
Known For: Being the lead vocalist for the band Paramore, routinely being named one of rock's sexiest women, and appearing on rapper B.o.B's hit 'Airplanes'

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2 Firefighters Shot and Killed at Scene of Fire in Webster, N.Y.; Gunman Dead (UPDATED)

UPDATE 4:07 p.m. EST: Authorities have identified the gunman as William Spengler, an ex-convict who spent 17 years in prison for murdering his 92-year-old grandmother in 1980.

Spengler was paroled for the crime in 1998.

Police also have not located Spengler's 67-year-old sister, who lived in the house with Spengler.

Authorities also report that a total of seven houses were destroyed in the blaze.

UPDATE 12:40 p.m. EST: Police chief Gerald Pickering says that the gunman, who was killed at the scene, either by police or from a self-inflicted wound, may have set a trap for first responders.

UPDATE 12:15 p.m. EST: The Associated Press is reporting that the gunman who killed the two firefighters is also dead. His body was found at the scene. The names of the two deceased firefighters, according to the Democrat and Chronicle, are Mike Chiapperini, 43, a volunteer firefighter and the Webster Police Department’s public information officer, and Tomasz Kaczowka. The names of the wounded firefighters are Joseph Hofsetter and Theodore Scardino.

Early Monday morning two firefighters were shot and killed when responding to a call in Webster, New York, just outside Rochester. After the firefighters arrived at 191 Lake Road, an unknown shooter fired at them as they left their truck, killing two of them and wounding two others. The wounded men are at a nearby hospital; one is in stable condition, the other is in guarded condition.

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