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Study: San Francisco has highest rate of pot smoking in U.S.

Washington - San Francisco, the gleaming city by the bay and financial center of the West, now has another title to add to its allure: marijuana capital.

FacePalm Friday: Santa Claus robs store on Christmas Eve

Stettler - Police in Alberta, Canada, are looking for a man who dressed up as Santa Claus and robbed a jewelry store on Christmas Eve.

Weekly LOL: Santa Claus, NBA free agent?

To help bring some attention to its five NBA games on Christmas day, ESPN brought in the holidays' heaviest hitter, Santa Claus.

Internet privacy expert: Santa would make perfect NSA agent

North Pole - Sees you when you're sleeping. Knows when you're awake. Knows if you've been bad or good. No, not the NSA. Santa Claus. And according to one leading Internet privacy analyst, old Saint Nick would be a perfect hire for our nation's intelligence agencies.

Gun-toting Santa on billboard creating controversy

Chico - The billboard put up last week by a Chico, California gun range was supposed to be a way to market the business, according to the owner, but showing Santa Claus packing an automatic rifle just doesn't fit with most people's image of the jolly old elf.

Op-Ed: Candid Christmas talk with Santa Claus on Grouse Mountain hike

I went to a Vancouver mall seeking an interview with Santa Claus last week only there were too many bleeping kids about for us to talk. But Santa told me he'd parked his sleigh up on Grouse Mountain and then invited me to join him on his hike back to it.

Review: Nick Tangorra Band puts fans in holiday spirit with new tune Special

Nick Tangorra Band covers a holiday classic, "Santa Claus Is Comin' To Town" in their new music video, and they nail it.

Op-Ed: It is the women of our world who make Christmas wonderful

Christmas is a hulking thing that careens willy-nilly about and it is at once both exhilarating and completely and absolutely exhausting. It is not a picnic, not Christmas, it is one holiday that demands real effort.

The Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade: America's favorite tradition

New York City - Nothing says "Happy Thanksgiving" in America than the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York City. If you're not one of the 3.5 million New Yorkers lining the streets to watch the parade, then you're one of over 50 million people viewing it on TV.

Op-Ed: NSA has Santa's naughty and nice list (Satire)

Colorado Springs - The government will not have to spend millions of dollars this year to track Santa. They already know his route, right down to street addresses, thanks to NSA spying.

Scientific study lends credence to why Rudolph's nose is so red

North Pole - It's Christmas Eve and if there was any doubt about Rudolph's nose being red, shiny and bright and how he helped Santa Claus guide the sleigh on that foggy night, a group of researchers have provided an explanation.

Video: Santa Claus got arrested at the White House

Washington - It seems that Santa himself has been a very bad boy. He got arrested at the White House the other day. He really wasn't asking that much, just an increase in the minimum wage, but it seems his Christmas wish didn't come true.

Santa Claus begins his annual gift-giving fest

It is Christmas Eve in many parts of the world and Santa Claus has already begun the mammoth task of delivering presents to all those on his "nice" list, but just where in the world is Santa right now?

Where is Santa now?

To help children (and adults) track Santa, the U.S. government have a website dedicated to locating the jolly red-and-white figure on Christmas Eve.

Creepy Santa prompts school lockdown

Hollis - An elementary school in New Hampshire was ordered to keep children inside during recess after a man dressed as Santa Claus was spotted knocking on classroom windows.

Weed wish you a Merry Xmas: Santa busted with marijuana

Santa Claus was on his way to deliver Christmas presents when the cops pulled him over and searched his car. It seemed the jolly old man was delivering more than toys.

Op-Ed: Fox News' Megyn Kelly stirs controversy over racial remarks

On Wednesday, Fox News host Megyn Kelly found herself in the center of a hot debate over Santa Claus' race. The Fox News anchorwoman then proceeded to take it a step further making an analogy to Jesus being white as well.

Sleigh Bell Detente to protect Santa's flight over East China Sea

Colorado Springs - Children in China, Taiwan and Okinawa can breathe a sigh of relief— NORAD has confirmed that Santa Claus will deliver their Christmas presents this year, even if he has to cross China's newly-created Air Defense Identification Zone (ADIZ).

Armed F-18 escort for NORAD Santa Tracker alarms child advocates

Some child welfare advocates are seeing red over the military's decision to add an armed fighter jet escort to a popular annual 'Santa Tracker' program for kids.

Santa Claus is Canadian

Calgary - Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus. And yes, Virginia, he's a Canuck. That's the official line reaffirmed on Thursday by Jason Kenney, Canada's Citizenship and Immigration Minister.

Bad Santa! Man working as mall Santa arrested for pinching elf

Hanover - A 62-year-old man who was working at a Massachusetts mall was arrested after allegedly pinching the rear end of an 18-year-old woman who was working as an elf.

Santa Claus arrested for writing on sidewalk with chalk

Austin - Santa Claus, or at least a man dressed as Santa Claus, was arrested on the grounds of the State Capitol building in Austin Texas. Santa was charged with mischief after writing with chalk on the sidewalk.

Where's Santa? Tracking him is easier than ever

Santa Claus is already making his rounds across the world, and for those wondering when Santa will be landing his sleigh in your neighborhood, tracking his location is now easier than ever.

Mall Santa shares over 30 years of experience on the job Special

Etobicoke - Every year for Christmas, Vince Ciccheli steps into the shoes of the busiest man during the holiday season, to work as a mall Santa. It’s a role that’s brought with it many fond, heart filled memories, he says.

Why is Rudolph's nose red?

The headline is not the start of Christmas joke. Scientists have found that a reindeer’s nose is red because it is richly supplied with red blood cells, which help to protect the animal from getting too cold and to regulate brain temperature.

Photo Essay: Season's Greetings from African Santa Claus Special

Ibadan - The picture of Santa Claus as a jolly, pot bellied old white man from the North Pole dominates the tradition in Europe and N. America. However, among Africans who observe the tradition, the idea of Santa as an old white man from the North Pole is unknown.

French street theatre group fizzing at Coca-Cola’s Santa Claus ad

Nantes - French theatre group Royal de Luxe were shocked to discover Coca-Cola’s latest advert featuring a giant sized Santa Claus puppet being brought to life. The giant Santa bears a striking resemblance to Royal de Luxe’ own creations.

Reports claim Canada Post charging for letters to Santa Claus

Toronto - For more than three decades, Canada Post has delivered letters to Santa Claus for free. This year, there have been a couple of instances where children are being told to pay for postage stamps before they send their Christmas wish lists.

In Photos: Santa Claus comes to Toronto for 108th annual parade Special

Toronto - Hundreds of thousands of people lined the streets of Toronto to watch the 108th annual Santa Claus Parade. Indeed, Santa Claus came to town, but he wasn't alone as there were 25 floats, 200 clowns and more than 2,000 participants.

'Twas the Night Before Christmas rewrite has Santa butting out

After almost 200-years, the Christmas classic "'Twas The Night Before Christmas" has been rewritten to take out any reference to Santa smoking a pipe that some say is political correctness that's gone too far.
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108th annual Santa Claus Parade comes to Toronto with floats, clowns, spectacles, cheers and laughter.
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Girl afraid of Santa
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Kids sing and dance to Christmas songs, see Santa Claus later
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108th annual Santa Claus Parade comes to Toronto with floats, clowns, spectacles, cheers and laughter.
108th annual Santa Claus Parade comes to Toronto with floats  clowns  spectacles  cheers and laughte...
108th annual Santa Claus Parade comes to Toronto with floats, clowns, spectacles, cheers and laughter.
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Santa at the mall
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Funny looking Santa, face overgrown with white hair
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Boy receives a gift from Santa
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Kids perform a Nativity song and dance
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Santa at the mall
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Nigerian Santa
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