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Weirdest stories of 2014

Here's a look back at some of the strange events that made national and world headlines in 2014.

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Celebrities touched by tragedy

While celebrities may often seem to have the perfect lives, no amount of fame or fortune can shelter stars from tragedy. Here are some celebrities who have overcome personal tragedies in their lives.

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McDonald's dishes around the world

French fries are in short supply at McDonald's restaurants in Japan. Take a look at interesting McDonald's dishes around the world.

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On this day: December 17

France recognizes America as a nation, the Wright brothers take flight, Tiny Tim marries Miss Vicki in front of millions of TV viewers, and Kim Jong-il dies, all on this day.

Adoptable cats for Dec. 12-18

There are lots of sweet cats that need homes. Check these out to see if you can find a new furry friend.

Photos: SARDAA hosts 'Smooth Jazz on My Mind'

On Sunday, Dec. 7, SARDAA held the "Smooth Jazz on My Mind" charity event with live music by Tom Braxton.  The event was a holiday fundraiser in support of SARDAA, an organization providing support to people living with schizophrenia-related illnesses and their families.  This extraordinary event…

PHOTOS: Radar the weather dog through the years

Check out images of KPRC's Radar the weather dog over the years.

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12 things to know about Pope Francis

Pope Francis turns 78 years old today. Here are 12 interesting facts about this non-conformist leader of the Catholic Church.

PHOTOS: Percy, Local 2's Elf on the Shelf

Percy is back at the Local 2 studios! Check out the locations where Percy planted himself in order to observe who's been naughty and who's been nice.

Americans detained abroad

Alan Gross was recently released after being held by the Cuban government since 2009. Here's a look at other Americans who have been detained abroad and their fates.

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Where are 'Partridge Family' stars today?

With Susan Dey marking her 62nd birthday on Wednesday, what better time to c'mon, get happy and check in with "The Partridge Family" stars today?

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Top movies of 2014

From science fiction thrillers to biblical epics, find out which movies took in the most money this year. All amounts are from IMDb.com.

2015 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees announced

The 2015 inductees into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame have been announced. The induction ceremony will be held in Cleveland on April 18, 2015.

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Can you believe these songs are 20 years old?

It may seem as though 1994 was just yesterday, but songs released that year turned 20 years old this past year. Check out some songs you won't believe are now two decades old.

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Where are 'Dawson's Creek' stars today?

With Katie Holmes celebrating her 36th birthday on Thursday, join us for a look at what she and her fellow "Dawson's Creek" castmembers have been up to since the show went off the air.

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On this day: December 18

America celebrates its first official day of thanksgiving, "The Nutcracker" debuts, the first "Pink Panther" short premieres, and the first nuclear power plant in America goes online, all on this day.

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'Miami Vice': Where are they now?

Fire up that Ferrari Testarossa and break out the pastel-colored clothing: Don Johnson, the star of the quintessential '80s cop show "Miami Vice" turns 65 on Dec. 15. Join us for a look at where he and the rest of the show's stars are now.

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Beginner's guide to Chanukah

Chanukah begins at sundown today. Find out more about this Jewish holiday, which is observed for eight days and nights.

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PHOTOS: Injuries of Adrian Peterson's son

Minnesota Vikings star running back Adrian Peterson has been indicted on an injury to a child charge in Montgomery County. His attorney claims Peterson used a "switch" to spank his son.

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On this day: December 16

Beethoven is born, the colonials enjoy a tea party in Boston, the Battle of the Bulge begins, Jimi Hendrix releases his first single, and MTV premieres Nirvana's "Unplugged" performance, all on this day.

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America's best states to live in 2014

Take a look at the top states to live in 2014, based on crime rate, health care, number of local attractions and environmental quality.

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On this day: December 15

The Bill of Rights are ratified, "Gone with the Wind" premieres, Walt Disney dies, Paul "Bear" Bryant retires, and the Leaning Tower of Pisa re-opens after 11 years of repairs, all on this day.

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What will cost more in 2015

Prepare to pay more for chocolate, coffee, shipping and several other goods and services next year.

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Cameron Diaz through the years

As Cameron Diaz appears in "Annie" take a look at images of the actress throughout her career.

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Best places to live in 2015

Good schools? Affordability? Lots to do? These best places to live in 2015 have it all.

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Greatest TV characters you never saw

Some of the greatest TV characters in the history of television never appeared on the screen. Take a look at the some of the greatest TV characters you never saw.

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Where are 'Blossom' stars today?

With Mayim Bialik celebrating her 39th birthday on Friday, what better time to check in to see what the stars of the hit 1990s sitcom "Blossom" up to today?

Photos: Frank Billingsley gets married

KPRC Local chief meteorologist Frank Billingsley got married on 12-12-12.

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