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Los Angeles family keeps illegal pet alligator for 37 years

Jaxson the alligator had apparently been living with the Mattson family for more than 37 years.

Tom Hanks: 'Community college made me what I am'

Tom Hanks applauded President Obama's plan to provide free community college for millions of Americans, noting that his own two-year stint "made me what I am today."

Papa John's worker who shot mugger in self-defense keeps job

A Papa John's pizza delivery driver used a gun to save her life, but in doing so violated the company's policy on firearms at the workplace. However, she'll get to keep her job, Papa John's confirmed.

Self-service beer taps shorten lines nationwide

How much do you hate waiting for another beer in a crowded bar? It irked Josh Goodman enough to invent a pretty obvious solution -- self-service beer taps.

In year of 'Selma,' critics blast Oscars for all-white Best Actor field

When the Best Actor nominations came out for this year's Oscars, many were critical of the all-white field.

An aspirin a day may not keep the doctor away

If you're popping aspirin on a daily basis to lower your chances of having a heart attack or stroke, it might turn out that an aspirin a day may not keep the doctor away. In fact, it could make things worse for your health.

Researchers seek better ways to avoid traffic

Using a smart phone app to map out traffic can help lower a driver's stress level. But technology currently being developed is working to use virtual reality to make your commute even easier.

Portable 'blood test in a box' to give instant diagnoses

(CNN) -- For most of us, a blood test begins with a needle, a syringe and the promise it will all be over quickly.

3 red flags causing the market to panic

NEW YORK (CNNMoney) -- It might not be as cold as last year's Polar Vortex, but some winter warning signs are popping up for the U.S. and global economy.

'Devastating erosion' of taxpayer services at IRS

NEW YORK (CNNMoney) -- Budget cuts at the IRS have resulted in "a devastating erosion" of services for Uncle Sam's No. 1 benefactor: the U.S. taxpayer.

Robo-wings: Military drones that mimic hawks and insects

(CNN) -- Picking through the rubble of war-damaged buildings in combat zones, looking for enemies, survivors, booby traps or worse is one of the most dangerous jobs in the military.

5 ways to eat healthier this year and lose weight in the process

( -- Nutrition is a hot topic these days, yet many of my clients still struggle with consistently following through with "the basics," and the stats show that missing the mark on many healthy habits is the norm.

Why Facebook parenting can backfire

(CNN) -- Just about every day on Facebook, I see posts by parents asking for advice related to their children. Granted, many of my friends are parents, but I imagine you see similar posts when you log on as well.

Muhammad Ali released from hospital one eve of 73rd birthday

Boxing legend Muhammad Ali is back at home following several days in the hospital, a family spokesman said Friday.

Report: 2014 was the hottest year on record

The average worldwide surface temperature grew by more than 1.2 degrees in 2014, making it the hottest year on record.