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Santa Claus Is Driving To Town

Boyd Applegate has been dressing up as Santa Claus for more than 20 years. It's a pastime he unintentionally discovered while on the job as a big-rig truck driver. Every year, he makes under-the-tree gift deliveries designed for children to wake up and catch him in the middle of the night.
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Instagram Reverts To Original Ad Terms After Uproar

The company released plans for updates to its terms of service and privacy policy earlier this week, only to face a barrage of criticism. One of the main concerns was over advertisers' rights to users' photos.
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House Pulls 'Plan B' Tax Measure From The Floor

House Speaker John Boehner's alternative plan to the automatic tax hikes set to take effect at year's end fell short of enough votes to pass. The bill would have placed a higher tax rate on income over $1 million a year.
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House Backs Off Boehner's 'Plan B'

House Speaker John Boehner said the bill, which would have raised taxes on income above $1 million a year, did not have enough support to pass Thursday. In a statement, he said, "now it is up to the president to work with Senator Reid on legislation to avert the fiscal cliff."
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House Punts Tax Bill Vote And Goes Into Recess

House Speaker John Boehner said the House did not have enough support for the bill, which deals with the tax portion of the fiscal cliff.
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Is The Border Secure Enough To Tackle The Immigration System?

"Secure the borders first" has been the cry from Republicans in Congress before they'd agree to comprehensive immigration reform. That stance seems to be changing, as some experts say demanding border security first is backward.
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Financial Ties Bind NRA, Gun Industry

NRA leaders say that when they break their silence on the Sandy Hook shootings Friday, they will be speaking for the group's 4 million members. But they will also be speaking for the gun industry, which has close financial links to the association.
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State Department Concedes Errors In Benghazi Consulate Attack

The U.S. head of diplomatic security has resigned and three other State Department officials have been relieved of their duties after a review board issued a scathing report about the attack that killed the U.S. Ambassador to Libya and three other Americans in September. The report did not touch Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's role in the event. She's been ill and had her deputies go to Congress today to speak about Benghazi. But, she's promising members of Congress she will address it when she's better, in January.

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