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Instead Of Celebration, Christmas A Time For Solace In Newtown

In Newtown, Conn., Christmas is very different this year, a little more than a week after the shooting at an elementary school. Eight families that attend St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church lost children to the tragedy. Parishioners came to Christmas masses there seeking solace, and priests gave a message of hope and comfort.
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Computers May Someday Beat Chefs At Creating Flavors We Crave

An IBM computer that analyzes flavor molecules and develops recipes is on the way in five years, scientists say. They are hoping to find not only novel and tasty flavor combinations, but ones that will appeal to us without adding to our waistlines.
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Santa Amazes Deaf Boy's Mother

At a store near Boston, Cameron Sylvester, 3, had his chance to meet Santa. But the boy, who's legally deaf, stayed back. Santa saw his hearing aids and in sign language asked the magic question: "Are you a good boy?" Cameron's mother told WCBV news she wanted to cry. "A lot of people don't know sign language," she said, but then, "there's Santa."
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Is Santa's Sleigh Powered By Caribou?

In a study, a biology professor argues the animals pulling Santa's sleigh might actually be young caribou. North American Caribou have a "greater power to mass ratio" than Siberian reindeer. They are leaner and have longer legs.
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NBA Preview For Christmas Day Action

If it's Christmas Day, that means there is basketball to watch. NPR's Mike Pesca talks to host David Greene about the match-ups the NBA has gift-wrapped for fans this year. One of the featured teams is the Los Angeles Lakers, who were expected to contend for the title this year after some off-season trades. Now they're just hoping to make the playoffs. There will also be a rematch of last season's finals when the Oklahoma City Thunder face the Miami Heat.
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N.Y. Firefighters Ambushed At Blaze

In upstate New York Monday, a gunman ambushed firefighters as they responded to a house fire in the suburban town of Webster. William Spengler, 62, killed two firefighters and injured two others before taking his own life. Police believe Spengler set the fire to lure the firefighters to the scene.
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Traded Mets Pitcher Sends Holiday Greetings

Mets pitcher R.A. Dickey captures the spirit of the holidays. The National League Cy Young winner was recently traded to the Toronto Blue Jays after negotiations with the Mets failed. Rather sulk off to the great North, Dickey wrote a holiday card to his fans and team that was published in the New York Daily News.

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