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  • 'Tis the season of giving, and a grocery-store owner is doing just that. Joe Lueken, who owns and manages two grocery stores in Bemidji, Minnesota, and one in Wahpeton, North Dakota, is retiring at age 70. Instead of selling his stores to the highest bidder, though, he will transfer ownership to the stores' 400 or so employees.

    The employees will participate in an employee stock ownership program, receiving shares of Lueken's Village Foods based on length of service and salary -- and at no cost to them. The program to transfer ownership from the Lueken family to the employees will begin on January 1, 2013.

    He explained his reason for turning over ownership to his employees: "My employees are largely responsible for any success I've had, and they deserve to get some of the benefits of that." He says he received a number of lucrative offers for his business, but he and his family realize what the supermarkets do for the community, and they believe this will be a better deal for them and

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  • There have been many stories of the heroism and compassion that arose from the devastation caused by superstorm Sandy, which recently crippled the Northeast. Most of the stories were about people helping each other in their time of need. But the help came from more than just human beings.

    Today, we're talking about a canine companion who pitched in when his neighbors needed help. A black dog named Midnight spent the storm's aftermath as part of a brigade carrying food and water to a marooned 1,000-resident building on the West Side of Manhattan.

    What is especially remarkable about Midnight is that this is not his first major storm. Midnight was born in Louisiana during Hurricane Katrina and moved north as a canine refugee; Peter Marrero adopted him as a puppy. Marrero and Riley Fitzsimmons, who helped Midnight make the deliveries, joined us via Skype to talk about their heroic canine companion.

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  • As the fighting between Israel and Palestine continues, people all over the world are hoping for a cease-fire and for peace in Gaza. In acknowledgement of this wish for a truce, two men of different religious faiths made a public plea as they stood together holding signs in Midtown Manhattan on Tuesday.

    One man's sign reads, "I'm Jewish and I'm from Israel." The other man holds a cardboard sign as well, but his reads, "I'm Muslim and I'm from Palestine." Together, they hold a sign in the middle that reads, "Why can't we all just get along?" Their poignant request, which was first publicly uttered by Rodney King in 1991, after riots broke out in Los Angeles following the acquittal of police officers charged with brutally beating King. More than two decades have passed since King made his statement, and his words continue to resonate.

    Now, the photograph of the two men has gone viral. After it was shared on the Facebook page of the nonprofit youth organization Do Something with the

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  • A zoo in Japan is getting a lot of attention for a YouTube video of a furry little star. Three baby red pandas at the Maruyama Zoo in Hokkaido, Japan, were just minding their own business, eating a meal in their enclosure, when a worker stepped in and startled one of the little pandas. He fell frightened on his back and let out what lots of viewers are calling one of the cutest sounds they've heard in a long time.

    More than 465,000 people have watched the video. Its "adorable factor" is even being compared to that of another popular baby panda video on YouTube -- featuring a little panda whose sneeze startled an adult panda in the same enclosure. That video has scored more than 150 million views and counting. One person wrote, "Six years later and it still doesn't feel old." Guess we can all use a good chuckle once in a while.

    [Related: Unique Cat Beginning to Grace World of Internet Video]

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  • Unless you have not paid any attention to the news for the last couple of years, you're aware that some people believe that the world will come to an end on December 21 of this year, according to the Mayan calendar. Survivalists out there have bunkers prepared in case everything we've ever known is wiped out. Scientists, on the other hand, believe that it's unlikely an apocalypse will occur on December 21 and note that none of the Mayan references to the upcoming date mention an apocalypse.

    Nonetheless, some people are still convinced there is danger ahead, and they have a backup plan in the event of the apocalypse. According to believers, a mountain in France is among a few sacred peaks around the world that will be saved from devastation. On doomsday, they believe, an alien spacecraft is going to burst forth from the Pic de Bugarach's 4,035 foot summit and carry nearby humans to safety.

    [Related: Search for alien life about to step up a gear]

    But when December arrives, visitors may

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