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."
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).”
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.
4. Do you have questions about the Target credit card hack? Here are answers from TODAY's Jeff Rossen.
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.
TODAY.com 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."
And that’s TODAY’s Takeaway!