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Local NORAD 'tracks' Santa's Christmas journey 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.

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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.
Local Mudslide halts passenger train service
Passenger train service between Everett and Seattle's King Street station will be halted for 48 hours because of a mudslide.

Entertainment

Entertainment 'Frozen' is named top entertainer of the year by AP '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.

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YouNews Seattle lights up for Christmas Eve 2014 Seattle lights up for Christmas Eve 2014
On my first visit to West Seattle to visit relatives for Christmas, I had no idea that the view across the water could light up the city with such beauty! I heard that Seattle was most often a cloudy place, which it was during this Christmas Eve Day.

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Local & Regional

Local Wash. state carbon emissions dropping slightly
Greenhouse gas emissions in Washington state dropped by about 4.6 percent between 2010 and 2011, led by reductions in emissions from the electricity sector, a new state report shows.
Local State health exchange extends deadline for some
Authorities are giving people who have been having technical problems signing up for health insurance through the state exchange more time to get insurance that begins Jan. 1.

Around the World

National & World China tightens church control ahead of Christmas
Two days before Christmas, members of a rural Christian congregation in the eastern city of Wenzhou welded some pieces of metal into a cross and hoisted it onto the top of their worship hall to replace one that was forcibly removed in October.

Sports

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.
Sports No. 13 Washington holds off Tulane 66-57
Shawn Kemp Jr. scored 16 points, Nigel Williams-Goss added 14 and No. 13 Washington remained undefeated, pulling away in the second half for a 66-57 win over Tulane on Monday night.

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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.

Your Life, Your Style

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.

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Entertainment

Entertainment Bill Cosby not finding support in black community
Bill Cosby hasn't been "America's dad" for years. For some blacks, he is the cranky uncle complaining about young African Americans who, in his view, dress and behave in a way that drags down their race.

Technology

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.

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Offbeat

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.