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Rabia Chaudry, Adnan Syed Family Friend, Opens Up About 'Serial' Finale

Emily Tess Katz | December 24, 2014 | HuffPost Live 321
Fans of the "Serial" podcast waited with bated breath for a finale that would either vindicate Adnan Syed for the murder of his ex-girlfriend, Hae Min Lee, or prove that he was, in fact, guilty of the crime that landed him a life sentence in a maximum security prison 15...

Homeless Single Mom's Christmas Wish Is For $2,800 To Become A Hospice Nurse

Eleanor Goldberg | December 24, 2014 | Impact
Tara Walker, 31, kept her three kids outside of the grimy homeless shelter where they were staying in Albany, Oregon, for as many hours as she could during the day. But once curfew came, there was no escaping the bugs that swarmed the twin-size bed they shared or their disturbing...

12 Baby Names Inspired By Christmas TV Specials

Caroline Bologna | December 24, 2014 | Parents
Back in the day, Christmas wasn’t Christmas without "How the Grinch Stole Christmas" and "A Charlie Brown Christmas"? Times may have changed, but the names from those mostly animated old shows still can evoke some nostalgic memories, and some newer ones are creating future memories of their own....

Dustin Diamond Returns To Bayside In 'Saved By The Bell' Sketch

Bill Bradley | December 24, 2014 | Entertainment
More than 20 years since Bayside closed its doors on the original "Saved by the Bell," Screech is back! In a recent sketch from "Friends of the People," actor Dustin Diamond returned to Bayside's hallowed halls, but this time in the role of Mr. Belding. In the...

Expert: 12-Year-Old Boy Can Stand Trial For Fatal Playground Stabbing

Steven Hoffer | December 24, 2014 | Crime
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) — A psychologist says a 12-year-old boy is competent to face trial in the fatal stabbing of a 9-year-old boy at a playground in western Michigan. Defense attorney Charles Boekeloo will have two weeks to decide whether to seek another opinion.

6 Reasons Having A Latino Pope Has Made A Difference

Ana Maria Benedetti | December 24, 2014 | Latino Voices
Ever since Pope Francis started his papacy in 2013 he has proved to be very different than his predecessors. The first Latino and first Jesuit pope has won over the world with his tendency to stray from tradition, his focus on humility and service and, most recently, his direct...

Spanish Ikea Ad Reminds Parents What Their Kids Need The Most

Caroline Bologna | December 24, 2014 | Parents
Ikea Spain released a warm and fuzzy holiday commercial that has an important message. Titled "The Other Letter," the ad brings together kids from 10 families to write Christmas gift request letters to the Three Kings, Santa's list-receiving equivalent in Spain. They ask for items like a guitar,...

Send In The Clowns.. To The Zaatari Refugee Camp

Eline Gordts | December 24, 2014 | World
BY LAURA SECORUN PALET - OZY On a cold November morning, 300 children gather in a football field in Zaatari, a Jordanian village next to the country’s largest refugee camp. Most of them are Syrian who fled from Homs with their families and now live in makeshift tents in what...

Terminally Ill 6-Year-Old Receives Thousands Of Christmas Cards

Kira Brekke | December 24, 2014 | HuffPost Live 321
When a family in Utah received the tragic news that this Christmas would be their young daughter's last, they wanted to make the most of it and called on Facebook to send her "a lifetime of Christmas cards." Watch the HuffPost Live video here.

'The Interview' Will Reportedly Be Available On VOD Via YouTube

Jessica Goodman | December 24, 2014 | Entertainment
A day after Sony authorized screenings of "The Interview" in a limited number of theaters, it was revealed that the studio may also release the film via video-on-demand. "The Interview" will be available to rent on YouTube, according to CNN's Brian Stelter, who reports that the

Jeb Bush Gubernatorial Emails Shed Light On Management Style

Sam Levine | December 24, 2014 | Politics
The new governor of Florida was feeling exhausted and beleaguered. It was after 10 o’clock at night, and Jeb Bush was still going through angry e-mails. He forwarded a message lambasting him as “NO CONSERVATIVE” to two top advisers, noting that he was answering such missives personally in absence of...

Study Pinpoints One Big Factor In A Child's Early Life That Can Have A Lasting Impact

Rebecca Adams | December 24, 2014 | Parents
With all the child development research out there, figuring out which methods to follow can be crippling. Should you embody helicopter parenting? Ban TV? Enforce regular bedtimes? But a new study suggests that parents may want to focus on one major...

50 Years Of 'The Nutcracker' Ballet, In Stunning Photos

Katherine Brooks | December 24, 2014 | Arts
"The Nutcracker" might be a family favorite today, but back in the 1890s, the uber-famous ballet was a critical flop. Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky premiered his now internationally beloved ballet "The Nutcracker" in 1892. Choreographed by Marius Petipa and his assistant Lev Ivanov, audiences in St. Petersburg were not particularly taken...

10 Very Unorthodox Depictions Of Jesus In Art (NSFW)

Priscilla Frank | December 24, 2014 | Arts
This year, in honor of Christmas and the age old art world tradition of pissing people off, we're revisiting a past tour through the most incorrigible depictions of Jesus ever to grace a canvas. Yes, the following artists most certainly made it to the naughty list for their...

What The NHL Mumps Outbreak Teaches Us About Immunity

Meredith Melnick | December 24, 2014 | Healthy Living
The unprecedented outbreak of mumps -- a contagious and occasionally dangerous virus -- in a professional sports league, the NHL, has led to player quarantines, cancelled events and, most recently, movement among NBA clubs that often share facilities to distance themselves from arenas and practice facilities also used...

Understanding Modern Art Is Really This Easy

Katherine Brooks | December 24, 2014 | Arts
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Avril Lavigne Slams 'Hilarious' Rehab Rumors

Lauren Zupkus | December 24, 2014 | Entertainment
After Avril Lavigne revealed that she is suffering from some health issues, rumors spread about what could be plaguing the singer. Though Lavigne has yet to disclose the nature of her illness, she took to Twitter on Tuesday to set one thing straight: she's not in rehab. ...

Dog With Bent Legs And Curved Spine From Awful Living Conditions Gets A New Beginning

Kimberly Yam | December 24, 2014 | Good News
This dog with a dark past is now looking toward a bright future. Earlier this month, Second Chance Rescue in New York City received a plea for help from a shelter in Georgia regarding a pit-bull mix, who has since been named Landis. The canine was emaciated...

Ranking 73 'Star Wars' Characters (Yes, Even A**hole Jar Jar Binks)

Christopher Rosen | December 24, 2014 | Entertainment
A long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away, five editors at The Huffington Post got together to rank characters in the "Star Wars" universe, from Jar-Jar Binks to best. The subjective list weighed a number of factors -- cultural imprint, importance to the story, coolness and whether or...

The Most Festive (And Not-So-Festive) Christmas Scenes From Classic Books

Claire Fallon | December 24, 2014 | Books
Every family that celebrates Christmas has its own traditions -- fictional families included. Some celebrations, characterized by roaring fires and creaking tables of mince pies and steaming turkey, capture the aspirational heart of the Christmas spirit. Other fictional holidays paint the gray disappointment that can accompany a lackluster Christmas party....