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Rodney Davis was a tall kid from Macon, Georgia, known for protecting other kids who were being picked on. In Vietnam, Davis didn't think twice when a grenade landed in his bunker: he dove on it and saved the lives of fellow Marines he barely knew. Decades later, one of those Marines decided to visit Davis' gravesite and found it covered with weeds and tall grass. That sparked a massive effort to ensure that Davis' heroics are remembered and honored this Veterans Day.
It is nothing short of a miracle that Malala Yousufzai is still alive and even more astounding that she suffered no major brain or nerve damage after being gunned down in a bus on her way from school a month ago. In hardly more than four weeks, she has taken a harrowing odyssey from being unconscious in an intensive care unit in Pakistan to walking, writing, reading -- and smiling -- again in hospital in the UK.
Students in North Carolina have written letters of support to the 15-year-old girl who was shot by the Taliban for standing up for girls education. The letters will be presented to Gordon Brown, the special U.N. envoy, to take back to Malala Yousufzai in Birmingham where she is recovering from her injuries.
As the Northeast digs out from a second major storm in little more than a week, experts say Internet scam artists are preying on generous Americans who want to donate to the victims of Superstorm Sandy.
After Robert Stokely's son was killed in Iraq, he knew he had to see the place where his son fell. He finally made the trip last year, though it did not turn out the way he had imagined. Reporter Moni Basu first met Stokely after she covered his son's memorial service in Iraq and later, wrote about a father's grief. Now she tells the story of his journey to find peace in a place of war.
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He was antisocial and difficult to work with at first. He'd clearly been abused by his father as evidenced by the deep, round scab near his shoulder. He hadn't been eating well. And he was so skittish that the slightest noise or motion set him off. But Army veteran Jeff Wilson needed a new dog, and this pound puppy -- a border collie-German shepherd mix -- was it. He named him Lobo, and it wasn't long before Wilson, 44, realized they had the same issues. "We were kind of kindred spirits," he said. "I think it really helped deepen our connection because he wasn't just helping me; I was helping him. I was helping him get past the same obstacles that I had. I had to recognize it in myself and get past that to help him."
The storm that swept across the Northeast left indelible memories for many, but also erased some. Limor Garfinkle, whose Staten Island apartment is littered with scraps of paper that represent some of the most important memories of a woman she barely knows, is trying to salvage at least a few of them.
Xi Jinping is a mystery. So much so that the presumed leader-in-waiting of the world's most populous nation could vanish for more than a week without any explanation being given. In September this year, Xi disappeared. It sparked a flurry of rumors: he'd had a heart attack, suffered a stroke, was injured swimming, and had even gone on strike. Xi eventually re-appeared and normal transmission was resumed. But should we be so surprised? Barely an analyst I've spoken to can say they really know him, or what type of leader he would be.
CNN's Eye On series takes you to a different country each month. In October we visit Namibia highlighting the country's best and brightest people, plus framing its pressing issues in a global context.
A hard-hitting Kenyan movie about gang culture has become the country's first-ever film to be considered for an Oscar. "Nairobi Half Life" has just been shown at Film Africa 2012, which is currently taking place in London -- having already made history as the most successful theatrical release for a local film in Kenya, according to its producers.
It's not a career path followed by many. On Friday, the Right Reverend Justin Welby, a former oil executive, was confirmed as the next archbishop of Canterbury, and as such will become head of the 80 million-member worldwide Anglican Communion. Although Welby has been a bishop for just less than a year, his experience beyond the pulpit may be what has given him the edge over his rivals for the top job. He will take over from Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams, who has headed the church for more than a decade, in March.
POL-Campaign-2016 (with art)
Get ready: The 2016 campaign for the White House is getting under way. Among those attending next week's Republican Governors Association meeting in Las Vegas are the group's chairman, Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell, as well as popular Republicans such as New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker and Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal. While the RGA's annual confabs are all about policy and politics, 2016 is sure to come up because all four governors are thought to be contenders for the party's next presidential nomination. Even though the 2012 election is barely in the rear view mirror, speculation over the next race for the White House is getting started. With President Barack Obama winning a second term on Tuesday, an incumbent will not run in 2016, meaning both parties may have competitive nomination battles.
POL-Election-New-America (with art)
America woke up Wednesday, looked into a giant mirror made up of millions of votes and saw how it has been changing for decades. It wasn't just President Obama's re-election and the diverse coalition of minorities, women and youth that kept him in power. For the first time, voters approved same-sex marriage in three states. Margaret Hoover, a Republican analyst and CNN contributor, called it "a watershed moment." Meanwhile, Wisconsin elected the country's first openly gay U.S. senator.
POL-Why-Romney-Lost (with art)
Before Republicans went looking for answers Tuesday night, some of them went looking for the remote. When it became clear about midnight that President Barack Obama was safely on the way to re-election, a handful of cranky and inebriated Republican donors wandered about Romney's election night headquarters, angrily demanding that the giant television screens inside the ballroom be switched from CNN to Fox News, where Republican strategist Karl Rove was making frantic, face-saving pronouncements about how Ohio was not yet lost. Rove was wrong, of course.
POL-Obama-Federal-Courts (with art)
Between 1969 and 1993, all 11 justices confirmed to the Supreme Court were named by Republican presidents. Now the re-election of President Barack Obama promises to continue reshifting the balance of federal courts toward a more progressive stage, a legacy of judicial power that may be felt for decades. Obama has already named two justices to the top bench -- Sonia Sotomayor and Elena Kagan -- and it is possible he might name two or more in his second term.
POL-Analysis-Obama-Second-Term-issues (with art)
Even before he takes the oath of office for a second time, President Barack Obama has a crisis on his hands. On January 2, 2013, America will begin a long fall off the "fiscal cliff" -- unless the White House and Congress can agree on a deal to avert the plunge. And that's not going to be easy.
POL-Obama-Identity (with art)