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New Lives Emerge From Colo. Wildfire Ashes, Still Scarred

The Waldo Canyon fire destroyed more than 300 homes in June. Some former residents are now preparing to move back — others just want to move on. One woman who lost her home is still holding on to charred relics that she recovered from her home, including a blackened Christmas ornament.
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With Growth Of 'Hacker Scouting,' More Kids Learn To Tinker

With the rise of the do-it-yourself movement, more groups are springing up to encourage kids to link crafts and science. Modeled on more traditional Scouting groups, kids and their parents meet up in tool-filled "hacker spaces" to build electronics and get creative.
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Despite Tragedy, Conn. Gun Seizure Law May Have Prevented Others

Since last week's shootings in Newtown, Conn., many people are wondering what could have been done to stop them. Connecticut already has some of the toughest gun laws in the country, including a gun seizure statute that was crafted with the goal of preventing this kind of tragedy.
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Near-Replica Of Sandy Hook Made Nearby For Students

The surviving students of the shootings in Newtown, Conn., won't be returning to their old school. From the wall paint to the desks, a soon-to-be reopened school in Monroe is meant to feel familiar for Sandy Hook kids.
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It's Not Jolly, It's A Job: You Need More Than A Beard To Be Santa

If you have a few too many pounds around the belly, too few coins in the purse and access to a Santa suit this Christmas season, you might be thinking you could make a few extra bucks posing as Old St. Nick. Well, some professional Santas warn, it's not that easy.

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