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Weather Outside Is Frightful; Tornadoes, Snow, Rain Lash Much Of Nation

Twisters touched down across the Southeast. Heavy snow and rains toppled trees and power lines. At least six deaths are being attributed to the massive system's effects. Now, it's hitting the Northeast. Hundreds of flights have been canceled. Drivers are being warned to stay off many roads.
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Wall Street Wiretaps: Investigators Use Insiders' Own Words To Convict Them

It was a busy year for federal authorities pursuing insider trading cases, such as the one against hedge fund manager Raj Rajaratnam. Investigators say that success comes largely from their decision to attack insider trading the way they take down the Mafia and drug cartels — with wiretaps, informants and cooperators.
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The Rebirth Of Rye Whiskey And Nostalgia For 'The Good Stuff'

Rye was all but pushed off the market by sweeter, corn-based bourbon after Prohibition, but it might be coming back, no illegal still required. Bartenders from coast to coast seem to prefer its intense flavor for their cocktail creations.
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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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