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Politicians, celebs honor Martin Luther King Jr.

Civil rights activist Martin Luther King Jr. is celebrated each year on MLK Jr. Day and throughout February for Black History Month. 

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The Atlanta-born Baptist minister encouraged equality, desegregation and civil disobedience as a way to stand for change.

>> 5 things you didn't know about Martin Luther King Jr.

Each year, Americans remember him and honor him, and many celebreties and politicians took to social media on Monday to recognize King's contributions and his role in American history. 

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5 things you didn't know about Martin Luther King Jr.

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. made his mark on the U.S. and the world when he pioneered for civil rights and equality decades ago.

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His story has been told and recreated in numerous forms: books, movies, articles and podcasts highlight facts about the activist's life until his death in 1968.

While most people know about the Baptist minister's work with the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, his push for nonviolent resistance and civil disobedience to create change and his famous "I Have A Dream" speech, some facets of King's life are discussed infrequently.

Here are five things you might not have known about Martin Luther King Jr.:

1. King was the middle child, and his birth is celebrated nationwide.

Born January 15, 1929, to Reverend Martin Luther King, Sr. and Alberta Williams King, Martin Luther King Jr. was the couple's second child and their first son. Martin Luther King Jr. had an older sister and a younger brother. Martin Luther King Jr. is one of two Americans whose birthday is celebrated as a national holiday; the other is George Washington.

2. Martin wasn't always his name.

Martin Luther King Jr. was born Michael King Jr. His father, who was born Michael King, changed his name after the death of his father-in-law in 1931. After filling in the pastoral footsteps of his father-in-law, Michael King Sr. adopted the name Martin Luther King in honor of the German Protestant religious leader Martin Luther. Michael Jr. later took the name, too.

3. He skipped two grades and entered college at a young age. 

Martin Luther King Jr. skipped the ninth and the 11th grade and started his college career at Morehouse College in Atlanta at the age of 15 in 1944.

4. He survived an assassination attempt.

Izola Ware Curry, a mentally ill woman, stabbed King with a letter opener at a 1958 book signing. The seven-inch blade was lodged near his heart, and it took doctors hours of surgery to remove the blade.

"The X-rays revealed that the tip of the blade was on the edge of my aorta, the main artery," King said in his "I've Been to the Mountaintop" speech. "And once that's punctured, you’'e drowned in your own blood. That's the end of you."

5. He was arrested more than two dozen times. 

King was arrested 30 times

SEE IT: Prince William, Duchess Kate's holiday thank-you card makes rounds on social media

The holiday season has come and gone, but fans of the British royal family are getting another festive treat as Prince William and Duchess Kate's holiday thank-you card makes the rounds online.

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Last week, a few lucky social media users revealed that they had received an adorable photo of the royal family as a thank-you for Christmas greetings. The charming photo features an awestruck Prince George and Princess Charlotte in their parents’ arms. It was taken in September during the family’s outing in Canada, at a children’s party held at Government House in Victoria, British Columbia.Take a peek below:

The Cambridges have mailed their thank-you card for the #Christmas greetings they received from fans! https://t.co/xUMbGRxRHa #KateMiddleton pic.twitter.com/jbdGef0uPY— HRH Kate Middleton (@HRHKateBlog) January 5, 2017

A lovely royal surprise arrived today! This photo taken by Arthur Edwards in Victoria, BC was used as The #Cambridges' Christmas / thank you card. Absolutely adore George & Charlotte! #royalmail #postcard #PrinceWilliam #DukeofCambridge #DuchessofCambridge #Kate #PrinceGeorge #PrincessCharlotte #KensingtonPalace #igerslondon #twitter A photo posted by V (@ladyandtherose) on Jan 5, 2017 at 3:11pm PST <script async defer src="//platform.instagram.com/en_US/embeds.js"></script>

Christmas wish: 21-year-old woman asks stepmom to adopt her

They have been family nearly as long as anyone can remember.

But Marissa Thaman wanted to make her stepmom her legal mom. After 17 years, Marissa surprised her stepmom Heather Thamann with adoption papers that were presented on Christmas morning, WKRC reported.

Marissa's biological mom died when Marissa was only 3 months old. When she was 4, her dad Brian met Heather and eventually got married.

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While they have been a family for nearly two decades, Marissa wanted to make Heather her mom in the eyes of the courts.

That's where the Christmas present came in. Watch the video below:

Posted by Marissa Thamann on Monday, December 26, 2016

"She's always been my mom, it's just paper but it's important to have her on my birth certificate," Marissa told WKRC.

Posted by Marissa Thamann on Monday, December 26, 2016

And while Heather could have done the paperwork, she said, "It was really nice getting it from her instead of doing it myself because it's like she really wants it so I'm happy for that."

Marissa had signed the papers that just needed Heather's signature that are being sent from the lawyers, WKRC reported.

This year's National Returns Day will be the biggest yet, UPS says

Sending back that cheesy holiday tie or questionable "As Seen on TV" gadget you got for Christmas? You're in good company.

According to UPS, Thursday is National Returns Day, "when the most UPS returns packages are sent back to retailers," the shipping company said in a news release.

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This year's "holiday" is expected to be the biggest yet. UPS predicts that shoppers will send back 1.3 million packages Thursday and 5.8 million the first week of January, up from 1 million and 5 million last year, respectively.

The U.S. Postal Service and FedEx "will also be shipping back their share of unwanted merchandise," Forbes reports.

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Mariah Carey on New Year's Eve fiasco: Dick Clark would have been 'mortified'

Other than tweeting hours after her embarrassing New Year’s Eve performance, Mariah Carey has stayed silent about the incident, letting her team do the talking for her. They accused Dick Clark Productions of sabotaging her on purpose – a claim the production company has called "absurd."

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WATCH: Mariah Carey's New Year's Eve mishap; what really happened during performance? https://t.co/tEnHkiVXyy pic.twitter.com/iv4mw01njt— Good Morning America (@GMA) January 2, 2017

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Carey is now speaking out in her first interview since the debacle. Talking with Entertainment Weekly, she reflected on what went wrong.

>> Mariah Carey's team says New Year's Eve performance was sabotaged

“All I can say is Dick Clark was an incredible person, and I was lucky enough to work with him when I first started in the music business,” she said. “I’m of the opinion that Dick Clark would not have let an artist go through that, and he would have been as mortified as I was in real time.”

>> Mariah Carey takes to Twitter after botched New Year's Eve performance

As embarrassed as she was, Carey said the disastrous performance won’t stop her from signing onto live TV events in the future and that her fans have been very supportive over the past few days.

>> Mariah Carey's New Year's Eve performance panned on social media

“It’s not going to stop me from doing a live event in the future. But it will make me less trusting of using anyone outside of my own team,” she said. “My true fans have been so supportive, and I am so appreciative of them and everybody in the media that came out to support me after the fact, because it really was an incredible holiday season that turned into a horrible New Year’s Eve.”

Lost drone? Why the popular holiday gifts are going missing

Like any good pilot, Aiden Rood knows the number of successful landings should equal the number of successful take-offs, but that's easier said than done with a toy drone.

Aiden is being extra careful with his quad-copter because of what happened with the first one he got for Christmas.

“I don't know how, but what happened, it kept going up, up, up above the trees, the houses and out of sight,” Aiden said. “It was gone.”

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Aiden and his dad searched for hours but never found it.

“Day before on Christmas, I had flown it for a second and it took off on me, too, so we felt bad and happy to get him another one,” said Aiden’s father, Benjamin Rood.

This time of year, runaway drones have a lot of parents turning to the internet. On Facebook, Fox25Boston.com found hundreds of pleas from moms and dads, as well as new "lost drone" groups popping up every day.

There's nothing you can do if your drone experiences a technical glitch or gets carried by the wind, but you can help avoid losing one to pilot error.

Search YouTube by the make and model of your drone for tips on how to fly it before you actually take to the sky.

Never take off with a low battery and consider writing your name and number on your drone, so if someone finds it, they will know it's yours.

New Year's twins born 10 minutes apart in different years

Twin boys in Arizona were born 10 minutes apart and in different years.

When Holly Shay went into labor on New Year’s Eve, she and her husband, Brandon, never thought they would welcome the last baby of 2016 and the first baby of 2017 at Banner Hospital in Phoenix.

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Sawyer Shay was born at 11:51 p.m. on Dec. 31, 2016, and his brother, Everett, followed just after midnight on Jan. 1, 2017.

“At 11:51 [p.m.], Sawyer joined us,” Brandon Shay told KPHO. “And Everett was a little more stubborn, so Everett Jackson Shay wasn’t born until 12:01 [a.m.]”

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The twins were born without medical intervention. 

“They are going to be amazing. They have already left their mark on this world,” Brandon Shay said.

Read more here.

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After woman surprises homeless man with gifts, he pays it forward

UPDATE: Due to the amount of WSBTV.com readers who have asked to help Rick, Podzemny has made a GoFundMe page to help get him on his feet. 

ORIGINAL STORY: An East Atlanta woman was upset that she wouldn't be home for the holidays and was preparing for the worst – but what she didn't know is that it would be one of the best Christmases yet.

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Knowing that it would be hard to not be with family over the holidays, Suzanne Podzemny decided to plan for what she thought would be a rough day.

"For the first time, I didn't make it home for Christmas," Podzemny said.

However, that feeling of sadness soon changed when Podzemny got a call from an unknown number.

Podzemny tells Channel 2's Kimberly Richardson she got a voicemail on Christmas Eve from her homeless friend, Rick.

Rick was calling Podzemny to wish her a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year -- and to let her know he loved her.

"Hey Suzanne, it's Rick," he said. "I love you and called to say Merry Christmas and Happy New Year. I love you. You can call me back at this number. This is my phone. I love you. Bye."

Podzemny's new plan on how she would spend Christmas Day? Invite Rick over for dinner.

"He was so excited because I told him we were having steak," Podzemny laughed.

Then, Podzemny started to ask herself, "What is Christmas without presents?"

Podzemny posted a message on Nextdoor asking for donations for Rick -- and neighbors all around East Atlanta decided to pitch in and help.

The response was unbelievable.

Gifts came pouring in and were items anywhere from wrapping paper, stocking stuffers, clothing, socks and new shoes.

Podzemny told Rick she would pick him up around 6 p.m. on Christmas.

"I told Rick he could take a shower and that I would do his laundry while we ate dinner," Podzemny said.

During dinner, Podzemny revealed to Rick that she had a few gifts for him.

"He started crying," Podzemny said. Rick had not yet seen the donations yet.

After opening a few gifts, Podzemny told Rick that she had one more present for him, but wasn't able to wrap it because of how bulky it was.

Podzemny took Rick into the room where all the donations were and his response was priceless. 

"He started doing what I knew he would do," Podzemny said. Rick started planning what to give to others he knew were in need.

So, with the help of Podzemny's girlfriend, Sarah Ruiz, they set off to deliver a few gifts.

However, Podzemny said no gift was greater than the gift Rick gave her.

"It's been the most meaningful Christmas yet," Podzemny said. "I am so lucky that Sarah and I met Rick. He tells us all the time how much it means to him that we saw him. He's not invisible -- he's a human." 

And to everyone who gifted things to Rick, he has a message for you.

"My name is Rick," he said. "And to all of you who gave Suzanne gifts to give me -- I love y'all and thank y'all. And may God bless y'all. Have a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year."

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WATCH: Royal family's year-in-review video offers heartwarming look at 2016

The British royal family released its year-in-review video, providing a few fond moments from 2016.

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“From celebrating The Queen’s 90th Birthday, to celebrating 60 years of The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award to Royal Tours around the Commonwealth, take a look at the Royal Year in photos,” the Facebook page reads.

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The Royal Year in photos - 2016From celebrating The Queen's 90th Birthday, to celebrating 60 years of The Duke of Edinburgh's Award to Royal Tours around the Commonwealth, take a look at the Royal Year in photos.Want to see more of our highlights from 2016? Watch the full film here → http://bit.ly/2iMrjQ7See you in 2017!Posted by The Royal Family on Friday, December 30, 2016

A collage highlighting memorable moments from the year also was shared to Instagram.

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Here is our #2016bestnine - thank you for an amazing year, and see you in 2017! A photo posted by The Royal Family (@theroyalfamily) on Dec 30, 2016 at 5:33am PST <script async defer src="//platform.instagram.com/en_US/embeds.js"></script>

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