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2008-12-23 11:47:31

Orange County police say they arrested a teenager for allegedly violating a court order by flashing gang signs while posing for a picture with a mall Santa. Uriel Oliva, 18, Anaheim, faces three misdemeanor charges for allegedly violating a court order that he not hang out with members of his former gang. The Los Angeles Times said Tuesday that the state's evidence consists of a picture of Oliva and couple of pals hamming it up at the Village Mall in Orange earlier this month. It shows three...

2008-12-22 16:28:25

The proprietors of a Michigan Santa Claus-training school say being a good St. Nick is about more than the costume; it requires a special skill set. Tom and Holly Valent, owners of the Charles W. Howard Santa Claus School in Midland, Mich., said their $300 training program attracts more than 100 men and women each year who are planning to portray Santa or his wife, Mrs. Claus, during the holiday season, The Miami Herald reported Monday. The Valents said their students are now out spreading...

2008-12-22 14:21:05

A Santa-bearing sleigh pulled over by Italian police was not being pulled by reindeer, but by a slow-moving tractor, officials said. Witnesses said the arrival of Santa Claus at the finish line of a Christmas charity marathon Sunday outside the village of Trento was delayed when police pulled over the tractor pulling the sleigh and fined the driver for blocking traffic and not having a road permit, ANSA reported Monday. About 500 runners dressed as the jolly Christmas elf participated in the...

2008-12-22 10:56:05

Police in the British city of Norwich say they are seeking several men who allegedly fought with other men while dressed as Father Christmas. An unidentified police spokesman said two men were forced to seek medical care and another man was in custody following last weekend's alleged clash, The Daily Telegraph reported Monday. The incident involved two groups of males. One of the groups were all dressed as Father Christmas, the other group were described as being of dark-skinned African or...

2008-12-17 09:50:46

A New York Santa Claus said the city sent him a summons for double-parking while handing out gifts to children. Santa, known on non-Christmas-related occasions as Chip Cafiero, 60, said he was riding a horse-drawn carriage while handing out toys in the Bay Ridge neighborhood of New York's Brooklyn borough when he saw a traffic agent heading for the Chevy Suburban that was driving alongside him to protect the horse from traffic, the New York Daily News reported Wednesday. I saw this (traffic...

2008-12-17 07:00:00

Santa Claus Declared "Fit for Duty" at Baylor University Medical Center at Dallas DALLAS, Dec. 17 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Santa Claus, a.k.a. Kris Kringle, was declared "fit for duty" yesterday at Baylor University Medical Center at Dallas after undergoing his annual physical. At the news conference to announce the results of his exam, doctors gave him a clean bill of health and said not to worry...he is in good shape to make his trip around the world next week. (Photo:...

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2008-12-16 10:18:45

A Canadian professional Santa Claus at an Edmonton shopping mall claims parents who snap pictures of their children on his lap instead of paying are stealing. Lyle Young told the Edmonton Sun a service that offers instant prints contracted by the Mill Woods Town Center mall charges only $14, and parents who want pictures should respect the business. What message are you sending your children; 'Look Tommy and Sally, see what your parents stole you for Christmas,' Young said. This is a private...

2008-12-16 07:15:00

SIOUX CITY, Iowa, Dec. 16 /PRNewswire/ -- One man is certain to bring holiday cheer this year for millions of families, despite the gloomy economy. Through thick and thin, Santa Claus has remained a constant family tradition -- but waiting in line at the mall for a lackluster visit to see Santa is no longer necessary. Many savvy parents this year are scheduling a highly personalized visit with Santa over the telephone in effort to give their children a more magical and believable...

2008-12-14 13:39:01

A British man says when it comes time for him to die he wants his funeral to have a Christmas theme, complete with elf coffin-bearers and a holiday message. Andy Park of Melksham, who is a healthy 44-year-old, says when he dies he wants funeral attendees to enjoy themselves as best they can and is planning on having his final gathering adorned with Christmas decorations to reach that goal, the Mail on Sunday reported. I want everyone to be smiling, Park said of his ideal funeral. Park wants...

2008-12-14 12:28:38

Elves at North Pole, Alaska, say they're working furiously to send Santa's replies to thousands of U.S. children who mailed him letters this season. The elves estimate they'll have sent 20,000 replies from Santa by Monday -- the U.S. Postal Service deadline that guarantees Old St. Nick's reply will arrive before Christmas Day, reported the Fairbanks (Alaska) News Miner. The effort began in 1954 when personnel at what is now Fort Wainwright answered letters to Santa from children whose fathers...