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TUSCALOOSA, AL - OCTOBER 26: AJ McCarron #10 of the Alabama Crimson Tide celebrates their 45-10 win over the Tennessee Volunteers with mom Dee Dee Bonner and girlfriend Katherine Webb

Alabama quarterback's best defender: Mom

He is the first quarterback to win back-to-back titles in the BCS era. His girlfriend, Katherine Webb, is a former Miss Alabama and a Sports Illustrated swimsuit model. He is one of the names being floated as a possible Heisman Trophy candidate.

"He" is AJ McCarron, the quarterback for the Alabama Crimson Tide. 

Dogs helping soldiers readjust to civilian life

Dogs helping soldiers readjust to civilian life

For many military veterans suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder, a simple task like a trip to the store can be terrifying. With all the people, the noise and the distractions, it can be too much for vets to handle. For some, just the thought of the trip can cause severe anxiety. So, they just don't do it, choosing to stay inside or go late at night when the stores will be empty. But there is another solution: service dogs.

Brett Simon from K9s for Warriors uses dogs to help veterans get back to civilian life. Watch the video above to see how he does it.

You can see more of his story and the stories of other American heroes being helped by dogs. Robin Meade hosts an HLN Special Presentation, Stories of Courage: K9s for Warriors, premiering on Veterans Day, November 11, at 7 p.m. ET.
Jack Blankenship is known as "The Face" at the University of Alabama

Face it! This guy's noggin is notorious

His giant, eye-bulging grimace has become a tradition at University of Alabama sporting events. He’s even taken it on the road to try and distract the pros at games across the country. That oversized cardboard cutout face has even landed him on Conan.   

But who is the man whose mug strikes fear into the heart of not-so-easily-distracted athletes?

Rivalry Express: Countdown to LSU vs Alabama

Rivalry Express: Countdown to LSU vs Alabama

The college football world will be focused on Tuscaloosa this weekend. That’s where the Tigers of LSU and the Alabama Crimson Tide will go helmet to helmet in one of the biggest rivalries around. The tide and the tigers are both ranked in the top 10 and are familiar foes.

HLN’s Carlos Diaz sets the scene for Saturday’s “Saban Bowl.”

File photo: A label on a box of soybean cooking oil says it contains no trans fats, 28 June 2007, at Katz's Delicatessen on the Lower East Side of Manhattan in New York.

FDA: Trans fats not safe

The FDA says it's made a preliminary determination that trans fats, don't meet the requirement of being "generally recognized as safe" by experts.

HLN’s Jennifer Westhoven reports.

Suffering from PTSD, Marine is saved by dog

Suffering from PTSD, Marine is saved by dog

For former Marine Capt. Jason Haag, life after war was just as intense as any battle. Haag was diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Things got so bad, he would only sleep with a gun under his pillow. But his life changed when he met Axel, a dog given to him for free by K9s for Warriors.

The dog was on a short leash, figuratively. "He was about a week away from being put down," Haag says. But Haag says it was Axel who saved his life.

See more of Haag's story and the stories of other American heroes being helped by dogs. Robin Meade hosts an HLN Special Presentation, Stories of Courage: K9s for Warriors, premiering on Veterans Day, November 11, at 7 p.m. ET.
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Speed read: Twitter IPO, baby wheelchair, more...

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Dr. Drew: The science behind service dogs

Dr. Drew: The science behind service dogs

Editor's note: This Veterans Day, join HLN for a special tribute to service dogs -- their courage and dedication are helping heal America's wounded heroes. Stories of Courage: K9s for Warriors premieres on November 11 at 7 p.m. ET.

For some of our veterans, readjusting to life after serving in a war zone can be a difficult process. For months, or even years, they were on high alert, often fighting for their lives. Once home, they have to get used to a different way of life. And for those suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder, the change can be unbearable. But some veterans have turned to service dogs for help. Dr. Drew Pinsky, host of Dr. Drew On Call, tells us how these dogs heal our American heroes.
The amazing courage of dogs

The amazing courage of dogs

Editor's note: This Veterans Day, join HLN for a special tribute to service dogs -- their courage and dedication are helping heal America's wounded heroes. Stories of Courage: K9s for Warriors premieres on November 11 at 7 p.m. ET.

For years, Susannah Charleson has flown search and rescue missions, looking for the missing in both the wilderness and disasters zones. But she doesn't do it alone. She also relies on her dog Puzzle for help. Susannah says dogs are fearless and will go places most humans would run from.

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