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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

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  • 2 dead in Northern California small plane crash

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  • Mechanical issue diverts Hawaiian Airlines flight

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