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Ayat Al-Qassab carefully slipped the beaded satin wedding gown over her small frame. She peered at herself in the rusted mirror and cautiously smiled. For a moment, her war-torn world was transformed and she was a beautiful bride -- free, safe and happy. Then, a mortar shell exploded somewhere near her Syrian home in Homs, waking her from a daydream. She quickly wrapped a white headscarf tightly around her hair and prepared to leave for her wedding. Homs has borne the brunt of the Syrian military's wrath since violence broke out nearly two years ago in the nation. Many who live in the city consider it to be the unbowed guardian of the Syrian revolt. There, even marriage is an act of revolution.
By the time you become 116 years old, you've pretty much seen it all. Besse Cooper was born in 1896. She's one of only a handful, who've seen the centuries turn twice. She loved to learn and became a teacher, and went on to become a pioneer fighting for the right of women to vote in the 1920s. She was a news junkie who loved politics, and never missed the evening news once television was invented. She never had a driver's license, but when she did drive, you didn't need one. She drove a Model T. She was the matriarch of her family of 4 children, 11 grandchildren, 12 great grandchildren, and 1 great great grandchild. This past week, Besse Cooper went to get her hair done, in the nursing home she lived. Her hair was one of her passions. Her son said it meant that she was ready to go. She died later that day. We take a look back at Besse Cooper, who was the oldest living person in the world.
She was scarred by the war that scarred her father, and she spent two decades seeking peace. Now Christal Presley takes the next step in her journey: returning to the places that sill haunt her and, at last, telling her truth.
College football's prestigious Heisman Trophy will be awarded Saturday night.
Joe Gibbs won three Super Bowls and a handful of NASCAR Championships but instead of hanging it up, he's pressing on. CNN's Belief Blog takes a look at the coach, his career and the faith the drives him.
As gay people become more accepted in mainstream society and as baby boomers push for a better world for the LGBT community, retirement is starting to look a lot different for this generation.
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Across the country, there's a sudden shift taking place. Bobbie Cleave, a retired teacher in Utah, has put off plans to get a badly needed car. Brian Chandler, a data manager in metro Atlanta, is delaying buying a house -- despite needing space for his second child due any day now. Retired police officer Richard Huffman of Michigan is considering ditching plans to get back into the work force. And many families CNN spoke with said they're shrinking the gift pile beneath the Christmas Tree. All because of the so-called "fiscal cliff." The threat to the nation's economy, which Americans hear about on daily basis, isn't just "looming." For many people, it's a reason to make changes now. But some see an up-side. "We need to go over the cliff," says Val Stayskal, 58-year-old owner of two small businesses in Addison, Illinois.
Soledad O'Brien: Who is black in America? I am.
We always want answers. NFL linebacker Jovan Belcher, 25, shot to death the mother of his child, and then shot himself in the head in the middle of the afternoon Saturday outside the team's Kansas City practice facility. The day before, a man burst into a Wyoming college classroom, police said, and killed someone he knew, and then killed himself. Usually, such tragedies are shocking. Experts that CNN spoke with say about 1,500 murder-suicides happen in the United States every year. And even that number is questionable, they caution. There are no credible statistics on this kind of crime -- the FBI doesn't keep track, and police classify murders in different ways. This lack of certainty often amplifies the frustration people feel when loved ones are wrenched from them so violently. And it makes it even tougher to understand when the violence is wrought in public.
When a car slammed into their motorcycle, June and Ted DiStefano knew the horrific accident would change their lives forever. They didn't realize it would give them the power to help others. Both were severely injured in the hit-and-run accident. June was kept in an induced coma for a month as doctors tried to save her left leg. In the end, they had to amputate it. Ted also lost his left leg. Today, 15 years later, the DiStefanos are actors in a hostile environment training course, using their physical injury to help create a shocking, realistic simulation of a war zone for troops.