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TODAY's Takeaway: Boston Marathon victim, nurse find love, bus hero credits 'instinct'

Dec. 20, 2013 at 2:25 PM ET

Boston Marathon bombing victim finds love, Seattle man says heroism was instinct.
Boston Marathon bombing victim finds love, Seattle man says heroism was instinct.

1. Boston Marathon bombing victim James Costello told Savannah that, for him, the tragedy turned out to be a blessing in disguise – it’s how he met his future wife.

"One thing that she hates that I always say is I’m actually glad I got blown up,'' he said of Krista D’Agostino, who was working as a nurse at the hospital he was transferred to. “I wish everyone else didn’t have to, but I don’t think I would have ever met her if I didn’t, so I’m pretty happy."

Video: James Costello, who was injured in the Boston Marathon bombing, fell in love with nurse Krista D’Agostino, to whom he is now engaged. He tells TODAY that he was “glad I got blown up,” so that he could meet the love of his life.

2. Casey Borgen made headlines Thursday when he fought back against a man who pointed a gun in his face on a Seattle city bus, pinning him to the ground.

“A lot of people thought that it was a conscious action to try and take him down but it was something that was pure instinct,” he told Savannah and Carson this morning. “I recall thinking as it was happening, it was a bad idea. Once that happened, it was one of those things where it had to be carried to its logical (end).”

Video: Casey Borgen talks to TODAY about his brave actions after a man boarded a city bus in Seattle and pointed a gun at him, spurring him to grab the gun and pin the man down with the help of other passengers until authorities arrived.

3. The widower whose tribute to his wife – photos of him and their daughter recreating images he took with his bride years earlier – believes the message of hope has driven the project to go viral.

“We lose our loved ones, and they go away and it’s painful and it hurts, but the love doesn’t go away. It never goes away,” he told TODAY.

Video: Ben Nunery wanted to keep the memories of his late wife alive with his young daughter, and decided to remake images with the child in the exact places where he posed with his wife years earlier. NBC’s Janet Shamlian reports.

4. Do you have questions about the Target credit card hack? Here are answers from TODAY's Jeff Rossen.

Video: TODAY’s Jeff Rossen shows viewers just how quick and easy it can be for a hacker, like the ones behind the Target breach, to make duplicate copies of credit cards and start a spending spree.

5. Things got a tad feisty in Studio 1A as Al, Tamron and the rest of the group debated the victors in TODAY’s Christmas Movie Face-off. readers voted all week, and this morning the final two flicks were revealed in the Orange Room: "It's a Wonderful Life" and "National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation."

Check out which classic one.

And that’s TODAY’s Takeaway!