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Local Study endorses preschool for low income kids
A new study shows low income kids from Washington state who go to a state supported preschool are likely to do better academically than their peers at least through fifth grade.
Local NORAD 'tracks' Santa's Christmas journey
Volunteers at the North American Aerospace Defense Command are pretending to monitor Santa Claus as he makes his storybook Christmas Eve flight. So far, NORAD says it used the heat signature from Rudolph's nose to "track" St. Nick over spots ranging from Australia to South America.


Entertainment Streaming release of 'Interview' test for industry Streaming release of 'Interview' test for industry
Sony's "The Interview" has been a hacking target, a punchline and a political lightning rod. Now, with its release online at the same time it debuts in theaters, it has a new role: a test for a new kind of movie release.


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National & World Father of pilot captured by IS pleads for release
The father of a Jordanian pilot captured by the Islamic State group in Syria pleaded for his son's release on Thursday, asking him to treat him well in captivity as a fellow Muslim.


Sports Aldon Smith says he didn't drink at McDonald home
San Francisco outside linebacker Aldon Smith acknowledged Tuesday that he visited McDonald's home for a short time the day the ex-49ers defensive lineman is accused of sexually assaulting a woman.

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Home Not so pleasant trips to see Santa Not so pleasant trips to see Santa (Video)
Dressing kids in their holiday finest and heading out to see Santa is a holiday tradition.

While it may be a thrilling experience for some, it's an exercise in terror for others.

KOMO's Brad Goode has this ode to the 'not so perfect' Santa photo.

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Consumer Consumer Reports: Travel Club Gotchas Consumer Reports: Travel Club Gotchas
Expensive vacations to exotic places often seem out of reach. So many people join travel clubs, which promise years of discounted airfare, hotels and dining.



Entertainment 'Frozen' is named top entertainer of the year by AP
If you have children, or know someone who does, or just listened to one recently, the choice of Associated Press Entertainer of the Year won't come as much of a shock: It's "Frozen," and in 2014, we just couldn't let it go.


Technology It's down to the wire for online shopping
As the holiday shopping season winds down, FedEx, UPS and online retailers are using the last few days to try to avoid the problems that occurred last year when severe winter weather and a surge in late orders from shoppers caused delivery delays.
Technology Sony saga blends foreign intrigue, star wattage
The hackers who hit Sony Pictures Entertainment days before Thanksgiving crippled the network, stole gigabytes of data and spilled into public view unreleased films and reams of private and sometimes embarrassing executive emails.
Technology Security flaws allow global cellular eavesdropping
Security flaws in a system used by cellphone carriers around the world could open the door to wide-ranging surveillance of mobile phone traffic, according to a German researcher who discovered the problem.



Offbeat Chugging eggnog sends Utah man to hospital
A Utah man says he's fully recovered after he was hospitalized for chugging a quart of eggnog so quickly that he inhaled some of creamy holiday beverage into his lungs.
Offbeat Spain hands out $3 billion in planet's biggest lottery
Spaniards who bought lottery tickets in an upper middle class Madrid neighborhood hit the jackpot on Monday, cracking open bottles of champagne on the streets as they celebrated winning $490,000 payoffs from a $3 billion pot of cash.