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Move over Rudolph!
Whether he's called Santa Claus, Father Christmas or Pere Noel, he had a slew of jolly, red-suited lookalikes hit the ski slopes on Sunday in Maine.
 
An 89-year-old army veteran who made national headlines in Britain with a newspaper ad seeking work has started his new job.
 
History buffs reenact Napoleon's finest hour
More than a thousand history buffs gathered in the Czech Republic on Saturday for a reenactment of the Battle of Austerlitz, in which Napoleon crushed the Austrian and Russian armies in 1805.a
 
Mammoth battles at elephant polo championship in Nepal
The elephants lumber across the field on the edge of a Nepalese jungle in pursuit of a small white ball. It might be slightly slower-paced than its horseback equivalent, but there's nothing sedate these polo pachyderms.
 
A Florida man is being accused of being a Christmas Grinch after authorities say he broke into a post office and tried to steal packages.
 
A Vermont couple has chased off a moose that appeared to be bonding with their two cows on a Sheldon farm because they didn't want it to get injured, stuck in their barn or damage their fences.
 
Polly wants to speak to a lawyer
A 4-year-old macaw named "Bird" is an instant celebrity after appearing in a posed booking mug shot in Oregon with his unfortunate owner.
 
UK pensioner returns library book... 63 years late
A British pensioner has returned a library book to her school some 63 years after taking it out, the librarian said Friday.
 
Campus critters are nuts for Penn State's 'Squirrel Girl'
Penn State students know her as the Squirrel Whisperer, or even Squirrel Girl. Which suits Mary Krupa just fine.
 
World's oldest living person turns 117
Italy's Emma Morano, the world's oldest living person, marked her 117th birthday Tuesday, blowing out all the candles on her cake.
 
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