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Revelers dressed in Santa outfits take part in the annual SantaCon event in the Brooklyn borough of New YorkFrom Boston to Austin and Chicago to Los Angeles, revelers across the United States will be donning red and white suits this weekend to mark the worldwide SantaCon holiday pub crawl. The annual, often inebriated gatherings of people dressed as Santa Claus as they go barhopping will be held in 380 cities in the United States and 51 countries, according to SantaCon.info. The website, which bills itself as the established authority on the event, lists details of festivities around the globe, discounts on Santa Claus costumes and advice on how to avoid ticket scams for the events which are mostly free.


Police lead suspected shooter Dylann Roof into the courthouse in ShelbyRoof told investigators after his arrest for the June 17, 2015, massacre at Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston that he estimated he had killed five people as retribution for perceived racial grievances. "I had to do it because somebody had to do it," Roof said in the taped confession.


Chicago skyline is framed by icicles in ChicagoBy Timothy Mclaughlin CHICAGO (Reuters) - Forecasters are sending chills down some spines with a prediction that much of the northern half of the United States could see frigid weather next week similar to life-threatening lows the polar vortex brought to parts of the country in 2014. Anticipation of a freezing blast began to build this week when weather maps and forecast models showed similarities between next week's system and one that developed in January 2014. The southward shift in the polar vortex in 2014 brought the Midwest some of its coldest weather in two decades.


The front door of Comet Ping Pong pizza shop, in Washington, Monday, Dec. 5, 2016. A fake news story prompted a man to fire a rifle inside a popular Washington, D.C., pizza place as he attempted to "self-investigate" a conspiracy theory that Hillary Clinton was running a child sex ring from there, police said. ( AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana)WASHINGTON (AP) — There's at least a slice of good news for a pizza restaurant in the nation's capital caught up in fake news stories about a child sex trafficking ring run by prominent Democrats.


Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Ky., speaks on Capitol in Washington, Thursday, Dec. 8, 2016, during the signing ceremony for the 21st Century Cures Act. From left are, McConnell, Rep. Tim Murphy, R-Pa., House Speaker Paul Ryan of Wis., and Max Schill, 7, who suffers from Noonan Syndrome. (AP Photo/Cliff Owen)WASHINGTON (AP) — With less than hour to spare, the Senate late Friday backed legislation averting a government shutdown as coal-state Democrats retreated on long-term health care benefits for retired miners and promised a renewed fight for the working class next year.


FILE- In this Nov. 16, 2016 file photo, former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani arrives at Trump Tower in New York. On Friday, Dec. 9, 2016, President-elect Donald Trump announced that Giuliani has removed his name from consideration for a cabinet position in the Trump administration. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster, File)WASHINGTON (AP) — Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani formally withdrew from consideration for a post in President-elect Donald Trump's administration Friday, putting an end to his ill-fated bid to lead the State Department. Trump is now seriously considering Exxon Mobil CEO Rex Tillerson for the post.


A crowd waits to enter the DeltaPlex to hear President-elect Donald J. Trump to speak as part of his "USA Thank You Tour" in Walker, Mich., Friday, Dec. 9, 2016. Trump is thanking supporters in Grand Rapids, Michigan, noting that the state helped power him to the White House. (Cory Morse/The Grand Rapids Press-MLive.com via AP)NEW YORK (AP) — President-elect Donald Trump is partaking in one the nation's most storied football rivalries, saluting U.S. troops at the annual Army-Navy game on Saturday as he prepares to enter the White House.


Christopher Farstad, right, a musician from Minneapolis, speaks with his father, James, at a coffee shop Friday, Dec. 9, 2016, in Gilbert, Ariz. Farstad was among a group of people attending a music event inside a warehouse in Oakland, Calif., on Friday night, Dec 2, 2016, when a fire tore through the building, killing dozens of people. He described the scene as a "hellish situation." (AP Photo/Brian Skoloff)OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — To set foot in the Ghost Ship on a party night was to pass through the doors of an old warehouse and enter an exotic world glowing with rainbow lanterns, guarded by figures of Asian deities and pulsing with a welcoming vibe.


In this photo taken on Thursday, Dec. 8, 2016, the Washington Capitol is seen at sunset as snow falls in Olympia, Wash. Snow fell across the Pacific Northwest as the first winter storm of the season hit the region. (AP Photo/Rachel La Corte)PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — A wintry mix of snow, ice and rain continued Friday in much of the Northwest as ice was slow to thaw and new winter weather warnings were issued around the region.


Vandals target Christmas decorations in Evesham TownshipPolice in Evesham Township, New Jersey, are trying to track down the individual or individuals who are trying to take the fun out of the Christmas holidays.


Ballots from the 2016 U.S. presidential election are recounted, following a request by the Green Party, in MadisonThe results of the Nov. 8 election have been challenged in three states by Green Party candidate Jill Stein, who finished fourth in the presidential poll. In Pennsylvania, the third state, a judge said he would rule on Monday on whether to allow a recount to go forward.


Man arrested in armed robbery at Chester post officeA man wanted for holding up the Chester City Post Office last month is now in federal custody.


Man severely injured in dog attack in ChesterAction News has learned a 28-year-old man suffered severe injuries to his leg in a dog attack early Friday morning in Chester, Pennsylvania.


Judge to issue Pa. recount ruling MondayA federal judge in Pennsylvania says he'll rule Monday on a Green Party-backed bid seeking a recount of paper ballots cast in the state's Nov. 8 presidential election.


Samsung update will stop Galaxy Note 7 from chargingSamsung will release an update that will make the Galaxy Note 7 unusable.


SAN ANTONIO (AP) — A San Antonio-area deputy who died this week after her vehicle plunged into a water-filled sinkhole is being remembered as a caring and giving person.
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Nine police officers in a Dallas suburb have been fired for reporting traffic stops they never conducted.
FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — An appeals court has reversed two theft convictions against the ex-owner of an abandoned North Texas mortuary where bodies were found unattended in 2014.

City officials seek to keep homeless safe during Code BlueA Code Blue is now in effect until 6 a.m. on Monday, Dec. 12 in the city of Philadelphia.


File general view of the U.S. Capitol dome in the pre-dawn darkness in WashingtonWASHINGTON (Reuters) - A bill to fund the U.S. government cleared a procedural hurdle in the Senate on Friday and appeared poised to pass the chamber, averting a government shutdown.


In a Thursday, Nov. 8, 2016 photo provided by Brooks Onishi, Hawaiian Airlines flight attendant Lehua Beltrame-Tevaga greets passenger Ray Richmond during a flight from Honolulu to San Diego. She danced a hula to honor him as a survivor of the Pearl Harbor attack. Richmond was returning to San Diego after attending a ceremony marking the 75th anniversary of the Japan attack. (AP Photo/Brooks Onishi)HONOLULU (AP) — A group of Hawaii musicians and a Hawaiian Airlines flight attendant provided special inflight entertainment to a Pearl Harbor survivor flying home from a ceremony commemorating the 75th anniversary of the attack.


FILE - This undated file photo provided by the Sacramento County Sheriff's office shows Michael Lacey. A California judge has rejected pimping charges against the operators of a major international website advertising escort services that the state attorney general has called the "world's top online brothel." Sacramento County Superior Court Judge Michael Bowman cites free speech laws in upholding the right of Backpage.com and its operators to publish. Bowman's action Friday, Dec. 9, 2016, makes final a previous tentative ruling. California Attorney General Kamala Harris charged Backpage.com CEO Carl Ferrer and former owners Michael Lacey and James Larkin. (Sacramento County Sheriff's Office via AP, File)SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — A California judge rejected pimping charges Friday against the operators of a major international website advertising escort services that the state attorney general has called the "world's top online brothel," citing federal free speech laws.


School bus driver kicks kids off bus after exchange of racial slursNewly released video shows just what happened in the moments before a Minnesota school bus driver booted students off his bus, in the middle of an industrial park.


3 children among 6 hurt in 5-car crash in West PhillyThree children were among six people hurt in a five-car crash in West Philadelphia.


FILE- In this Feb. 6, 2016 file photo, firefighters and construction crews work on clearing up after a construction crane collapsed in New York. The New York City Department of Buildings said Friday, Dec. 9, 2016, that the crane operator failed to secure the 565-foot crane the night before it collapsed in Tribeca on Feb. 5. The department says the operator also lowered the crane's main boom at an improper angle, causing the crane to become unstable and topple over. One person died in the accident. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)NEW YORK (AP) — New York City officials are blaming a crane collapse that killed a man in lower Manhattan in February on operator error.


In this Nov. 29, 2016 photo, Goldman Sachs COO Gary Cohn talks on his phone as he waits for the start of a meeting with President-elect Donald Trump at Trump Tower in New York. Trump is expected to pick Cohn to lead the White House National Economic Council, according to two people informed of the decision. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)WASHINGTON (AP) — In the heat of the presidential campaign, Donald Trump accused primary rival Ted Cruz of being controlled by Goldman Sachs because his wife, Heidi, previously worked for the Wall Street giant. He slammed Hillary Clinton for receiving speaking fees from the bank.


JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — Plans for managing the nation's largest national forest call for changes in timber harvests that one critic says will be "the demise of the timber industry as we know it right now."

Former Cantor Fitzgerald trader Demos exits the federal courthouse in New HavenDavid Demos, 35, was charged with securities fraud in an indictment filed in federal court in New Haven, Connecticut, becoming the latest trader to face charges for cheating customers on prices of mortgage-backed securities. Demos, of Westport, Connecticut, appeared in court on Friday for an arraignment.


Reno police officer Tim Broadway briefs reporters outside Hug High School on the north side of Reno, Nev., on Wednesday, Dec. 7, 2016 after a Washoe County School District police officer shot a student following a disturbance at the school. The student was taken to a Reno hospital where there was no immediate word on the student's condition. (AP Photo/Scott Sonner)RENO, Nev. (AP) — An emotionally distressed 14-year-old armed with a knife had been bullied and beaten and was trying to escape from a crowd of classmates this week who had gathered to capture video of an anticipated fight when a campus police officer shot the boy, his lawyer told The Associated Press on Friday.


File - In this July 5, 2013, file photo is a glacier in Lake Clark Pass near Port Alsworth, Alaska. Authorities were searching Thursday, Dec. 8, 2016, for a small plane with four people on board missing in the narrow, mountainous valley believed to be part of the airplane's flight path. (AP File Photo/Mark Thiessen)ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — A small airplane ferrying a father and his two teenage children to Anchorage presumably plunged into an expansive Alaska lake shortly after taking off from a nearby rural community, officials said Friday.


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A construction crane is seen on top of cars along the street in downtown Manhattan, New YorkA crane collapse in February that killed one person, injured three pedestrians and flattened parked cars along a busy street in New York City was the result of operator error, a city report concluded on Friday. New York resident David Wichs, 38, died on Feb. 5 when a 565-foot crane came crashing down on Worth Street in downtown Manhattan during a snowstorm, leaving twisted equipment lying along nearly two city blocks. The city's Department of Buildings found the operator, identified as Kevin Reilly in the 42-page report, failed to secure the crane amid high winds the night before the collapse and then lowered the boom at an improper angle on Feb. 5, causing the crane to become unstable.


A firefighter watches from the roof at the scene of the fatal warehouse fire in Oakland, California(This story published on Dec. 8 corrects paragraph 3 and 27 to remove the "neighbor" reference as Danielle Boudreaux was not a neighbor) By Heather Somerville, Kristina Cooke and Dan Levine (Reuters) - In the two years leading up to the fire at an Oakland, California warehouse that killed 36 people at a dance party late last week, city officials had entered the building on numerous occasions and had multiple opportunities to see that residents were illegally living there in hazardous conditions. The Oakland Police Department received dozens of complaints about the warehouse, and went inside at least half a dozen times, according to police reports and accounts from former tenants and visitors. A former friend and tenant also say city fire officials were in the building at least twice.


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