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'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

(Health.com) -- 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.

U.S. Supreme Court to hear same-sex marriage cases in April

The U.S. Supreme Court decided Friday it will tackle the issue of whether same-sex couples have a constitutional right to marry, or whether states are allowed to ban gay marriage.

Police arrest suspect in 1984 murder of 2 Houston sisters

Thirty years of police work went into a judge calling the name of Edmond Beauregard Degan, 57, in a downtown Houston, Texas courtroom Thursday. Degan is charged with the capital murder of Yleen Kennedy.

Ohio cop finds woman crying, pays to repair her car

On Monday, Cortney Bennett was having car trouble.

Former Utah teacher jailed for having sex with 3 teens

A former Utah high school teacher has been jailed without bond following accusations that she had sex with a third teenage boy.

Seattle suburb bans cheese ahead of NFL showdown with Green Bay

On Sunday the NFL's Seattle Seahawks and the Green Bay Packers will face off in the NFC Championship Game. For the Seahawks, winning would give them the chance to go back to the Super Bowl and perhaps net another Vince Lombardi Trophy.

Canadian couple reunited with dog stolen during Memphis visit

Terry and Lorie Travis were reunited with their beloved dog Dixie Friday morning, one week after the dog was stolen from their car in a Memphis, Tennessee parking lot.

More terror suspects arrested in Europe

First it was Paris. Then a foiled attack on the U.S. Capitol, now - Belgium.

Astronaut set to spend one year in space

NASA is sending astronaut Scott Kelly to live on the International Space Station for a year. That's the longest any U.S. astronaut has spent in space and twice as long as crew members usually stay on the space station.

CDC: this year's flu vaccine is only 23% effective

The flu seems to be everywhere this year, and since the vaccine is largely a mismatch to the viral strain that's circulating, experts are encouraging doctors to turn to prescription drugs to help ease flu symptoms for those who inevitably g