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Autistic Kids Get a Special Meeting with ‘Sensitive Santa’ [VIDEO]

The bright lights, loud music and long lines can often keep autistic kids from engaging in a holiday ritual many children enjoy: an annual visit with Santa.

So one mall opened early last Sunday morning for some low-key “sensitive Santa” time.

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Larry King Reveals He Wants to Be Frozen After Death [VIDEO]

It seems like Larry King has been on television forever — and if he has things his way, he’ll live forever, too.

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Former Marine Can’t Stop Sending Spam to Troops Overseas

Most of us get annoyed when we receive spam, but one Maryland man has spent countless hours and money sending Spam to troops serving in Iraq and Afghanistan so they can have a little bit of home while they’re away.

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Shouldn’t a Former Miss USA Know Designated Drivers Aren’t Supposed to Drink?

Former Miss USA Rima Fakih was acting like a few Miss USAs before her when she was arrested early Saturday morning on misdemeanor drunk driving charges. She was pulled over near Highland Park, MI while behind the wheel of her friend’s car.

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Courtesy of Billy McKnight
Courtesy of Billy McKnight
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Mindy McCready’s Ex Billy McKnight Issues Statement About Son’s Disappearance

Billy McKnight, Mindy McCready‘s ex-boyfriend and the father of 5-year-old Zander, spoke with the ‘Today’ show this week, but after his appearance found himself with more to say about McCready’s disappearance with his young son in tow. McKnight has since issued an official press release on the matter.

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This Day in History for December 4 – US Joins the UN and More

Here’s a look at some interesting events that took place on this day in history:

1875 – Notorious New York City politician Boss Tweed escapes from prison and flees the country (More info)

1918 – President Woodrow Wilson sails for the World War I peace talks in Versailles, becoming the first US president to travel to Europe while in office (More info)

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Coke Pulls White Holiday Cans After Customer Outcry and Confusion

Coca-Cola has once again learned that its customers don’t like change. Only unlike the New Coke debacle of the 1980s, this time it had nothing to do with the beverage itself, but rather the cans that hold the famous soda.

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Revenge of the Processing Fees! Ticketmaster Forced to Cough Up Millions in Refunds

If you bought a ticket for an event from the behemoth known as Ticketmaster between October of 1999 and October of 2011, you may be getting a bit of a credit next year.

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New York Teacher Is a Grinch — Tells Second Grade Students Santa Isn’t Real [VIDEO]

A teacher in Rockland County, New York may have to change her name to Scrooge after she told her second grade class at George Miller Elementary School that Santa Claus isn’t real.

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Attention Walmart Shoppers! Syringes Found in Clothes in Georgia [VIDEO]

Someone is playing a rather dangerous — not to mention sadistic — prank on holiday shoppers.

Several buyers at the Walmart in Cartersville, Georgia have reported finding syringes with the needles attached in items like socks and pajamas.

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Can Chewing Gum Help Control Your Appetite? — Health Check

Smokers have a gum that helps them quit smoking, so it’s only fair that overeaters have a gum to help them quit eating. Thankfully, scientists are getting close to making a safe appetite suppressant gum a reality.

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Taggie Smartphone App Helps Kids Make Smart Food Choices [VIDEO]

If you’re someone who wants your kids to know more about food — something we should all know more about — you’ll probably find a new app in development pretty interesting.

Taggie, the brainchild of recent Dutch design school graduate Niels van Hoof, uses your smartphone camera to scan a barcode of food items. It then launches a 3D augmented reality animation to give children a short, fun lesson about the food’s origin, growth process, and different varieties.

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