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NORAD tracks Santa Claus

This year NORAD has help not only from volunteers, but also from Radar, the animated elf.

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  • NORAD ‘tracks’ Santa from Australia to S. America

    COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) — Volunteers at the North American Aerospace Defense Command are pretending to monitor Santa Claus as he makes his storybook Christmas Eve flight. So far, NORAD says it used the heat…

  • Officer kills armed 18-year-old in suburb near Ferguson

    BERKELEY, Mo. (AP) — The mayor of the St. Louis suburb of Berkeley urged calm Wednesday after a white police officer killed a black 18-year-old who police said pointed a gun at him, reigniting tensions…

  • USS Peleliu makes Christmas Eve homecoming

    SAN DIEGO (AP) — Families eagerly greeted crewmembers as the amphibious assault ship USS Peleliu made a Christmas Eve homecoming to Naval Base San Diego after a six-month deployment in the western Pacific. Relatives waved…

  • Christmas Eve shooting kills 1 at Louisiana mall

    GRETNA, La. (AP) — A man who had just bought something at a suburban New Orleans shopping mall on Christmas Eve was shot to death at close range and a suspect was in custody, police…

  • Ex-President George H.W. Bush to stay hospitalized

    HOUSTON (AP) — Former President George H.W. Bush will remain overnight Wednesday in a Houston hospital where he was taken after experiencing shortness of breath, a family spokesman said. The 90-year-old Bush had been taken…

  • 2 dead in Northern California small plane crash

    SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Two people are dead after a small plane crashed not far from an airport in the Sierra Nevada foothills in Northern California. Amador County Undersheriff James Wegner told The Sacramento Bee…

  • Prosecutors: No delayed start in marathon trial

    BOSTON (AP) — Federal prosecutors are opposing a request by lawyers for Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev to delay the start of his trial until September. Jury selection is scheduled to begin Jan. 5.…

  • Key developments in case of 2 slain NYPD officers

    Two New York police officers were ambushed Saturday by Ismaaiyl Brinsley after he had made threatening posts online, including a vow to put “wings on pigs” and references to high-profile cases of white police officers…

  • Blizzard gives Hawaii summits a White Christmas

    HONOLULU (AP) — Some people in Hawaii are dreaming of a White Christmas. A blizzard warning remained in effect Wednesday for the summits of Mauna Kea and Mauna Loa on the Big Island of Hawaii.…

  • Mechanical issue diverts Hawaiian Airlines flight

    HONOLULU (AP) — A Honolulu-bound Hawaiian Airlines flight from Sacramento had to be diverted to Oakland because of a mechanical issue. Hawaiian Airlines spokesman Huy Vo says Flight 19 left Sacramento at 9:09 a.m. Wednesday.…

  • Report: Ebola survival improving in Sierra Leone

    One year into the world’s worst Ebola outbreak, doctors are reporting an encouraging sign: About 70 percent of patients in a hard-hit area of Sierra Leone now survive. The Ebola death rate has fallen even…

  • Arizona prosecutors want ex-officers’ case dismissed

    PHOENIX (AP) — The disappearance of a key wiretap document in an Arizona corruption case has led prosecutors to seek the dismissal of charges against three former sheriff’s officers accused of helping a cartel-connected heroin…

  • A glance at key police shootings in St. Louis area

    ST. LOUIS (AP) — The shooting death of 18-year-old Antonio Martin marks the third fatal shooting of a young black man by a white police officer in the St. Louis area since Michael Brown was…

  • Mississippi towns regroup after deadly storms

    COLUMBIA, Miss. (AP) — Elizabeth Bordelon planned to go Christmas shopping until nasty weather blowing through southeastern Mississippi convinced her to hold off. By the time she returned Tuesday to her Columbia trailer park she…

  • Bail denied for man convicted of killing student

    MISSOULA, Mont. (AP) — A western Montana man convicted of killing a 17-year-old German exchange student who was trespassing in his garage will remain in jail until sentencing Feb. 12. District Judge Ed McLean on…