15 of the best places to spend Christmas

(CNN)Any old city can string up a few lights downtown and call it a holiday celebration. From Mexico to Malta, northern lights to sunny skies, these places are doing Christmas better than the rest this year. Malta Visiting presepju, or nativity scenes, is …
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How Loyal Are Your Customers: A Christmas Tree Vendor’s Friendships Inspire a Film

The two young men walked up to the tree man of Broadway and 102nd Street and told him they wanted a Christmas tree — but not at Manhattan prices. The tree man, with his Canadian accent and his woodsman’s cheer, smiled and pulled out two scruffy five …
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Funerals set for 2 Lakeville students killed in crash

LAKEVILLE, Minn. – Funerals have been set for two Lakeville South students killed in a crash Friday afternoon. The Dakota County Sheriff’s Office says 17-year-old Jake Flynn and 18-year-old Johnny Price, both of Lakeville, died after they were thrown from …
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Netflix’s A Very Murray Christmas is a decent holiday distraction, but that’s about it

If you’re a fan of Bill Murray’s brand of befuddled enthusiasm, the new Netflix special A Very Murray Christmas will delight you to no end. If you’re at all ambivalent … well, you’ll probably be pretty bored. The program is an homage to classic Christmas …
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Surviving owners hold funerals for battery-dead robot canines

Sony manufactured a robot dog (“Aibo”) from 1996 to 2006 for a legion of pet-fanciers, but now that supplies of spare parts and specialized repairers are dwindling, many of the beloved family “canines” are “dying” off. Not to worry, though, for many …
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Larry King produces a Christmas movie that is actually about Christmas

This story is sponsored by Christmas Eve—a film produced by Larry King. You never know who you might get stuck with. When Larry King set out to produce a movie called “Christmas Eve,” he had no idea what other Christmas films it would have to compete with.
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Holiday road: Titans take over first place on Thanksgiving road trip

They drove out of Danbury the day before Thanksgiving in third place in the Federal Hockey League standings, and when pulled back into town nearly a week later — after looping from Danbury to New Hampshire to Michigan to Illinois and back to Danbury on a …
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Baby christening and dedications

The Bible says children are a blessing, and many parents want to immerse their little bundle of joy in faith as soon as possible. Many faiths use the ritual called “christening” to formally present their child to God. Today the term has various …
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Westboro Baptist Church to Picket Funerals of San Bernardino Shooting Victims

Never ones to hide away from America’s latest tragedy, the Westboro Baptist Church‘s members are en route to San Bernardino to picket the funerals of those lost there. The claim came from the group’s hate filled Twitter account. In a tweet sent out …
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