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January, 18, 2017

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Where's Santa's sleigh? Ask NORAD
Tens of thousands of children from around the world plan to call the North American Aerospace Defense Command to ask where Santa is, and starting Saturday they will get a cheery answer about the mythical route from a real person, not a recording.
 
Bethlehem postmark adds a holy touch
Instead of mailing her Christmas cards from her local post office, Sherry Wareing drove 20 miles roundtrip to a small post office in a White Mountains town of about 2,500.
 
White House Lego artists not playing around
The assignment for this year's White House holiday display came with a tight deadline. A team of Lego master builders, within 2 1/2 weeks, had to create 56 unique gingerbread houses out of the toy bricks, one for each state and U.S. territory.
 
A Mexican man believed to be the world's most obese plans to undergo gastric bypass in the new year and reduce his 590 kilos (1,300 pounds) by half, his doctor said Wednesday.
 
After worry, joy arrives for mother of quintuplets
The new mother of quintuplets kept her excitement in check for the first six months of her pregnancy -- even putting off setting up a nursery.
 
A Canadian woman who authorities say managed to hide her 4-year-old pet cat Bella in her handbag during a flight across the Pacific Ocean had her vacation cut short when border agents discovered the ruse at Auckland Airport.
 
Australians go wild for unconventional pets
The proud owner of dingo "Kimba," James Bornstein, is part of the new wave of Australian exotic pet lovers whose unconventional companions are growing in popularity.
 
A farmer's cows in western Austria will swap their traditional bells for GPS trackers after the owner of a holiday home complained that the noise was irritating his guests.
 
Frost bite
Dogs play in a snow-covered park in Vilnius, Lithuania, Wednesday, Dec. 14. Residents of the Lithuanian capital are savoring the snowy and warm winter days, with temperatures of just minus 1 degree Celsius.
 
Dead China runner reveals marathon cheats
Thinking of competing in a marathon but put off by the distance? Easy. Pay someone to run it for you.
 
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