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Tuesday, December 25, 2012

A Little Free Library in Minneapolis
It started as a simple tribute to his mother, a teacher and bibliophile. Todd Bol put up a miniature version of a one-room schoolhouse on a post outside his home in this western Wisconsin city, filled it with books and invited his neighbors to borrow them. Three years later, the whimsical boxes are a global sensation. (12/25/2012)
Mobile, Ala.
A Christmas Day twister outbreak left damage across the Deep South while holiday travelers in the nation's much colder midsection battled sometimes treacherous driving conditions from freezing rain and blizzard conditions. (12/25/2012)
Holiday shoppers
WASHINGTON (AP) -- U.S. holiday retail sales this year grew at the weakest pace since 2008, when the nation was in a deep recession. In 2012, the shopping season was disrupted by bad weather and consumers' rising uncertainty about the economy. (12/25/2012)
New taxes are coming Jan. 1 to help finance President Barack Obama's health care overhaul. Most people may not notice. But they will pay attention if Congress decides to start taxing employer-sponsored health insurance, one option in play if lawmakers can ever agree on a budget deal to reduce federal deficits.
Minnesota's Okee Dokee Brothers' "Can You Canoe?" will be up for best children's album at this Sunday's Grammy Awards.
As The St. Paul Chamber Orchestra lockout enters its third month, we'll talk with representatives of the musicians and management about the main sticking points in their negotiations.
As President Barack Obama prepares for his second term, we'll look back on the education policies put into place during his first four years. We'll talk about what we federal education changes we can expect from Obama in the coming year.
Everyone thinks Santa's life is just a bowl of cherries, but you try running an international organization that keeps tabs on the naughty or nice behaviors of half a billion kids, not to mention making and delivering their presents, and see how jolly-ho-ho-tastic you feel.
Take heart, holiday procrastinators: Famed poet Robert Frost once waited until July to get his Christmas cards in the mail.
It's hardly a secret that Barack Obama, like every president no doubt, muses about his ultimate legacy and spot in the presidential pantheon. He approaches his second term confronting tough and shifting challenges that will play big roles in shaping the rest of his presidency and his eventual place in history.
Shoppers who waited until the final days before Christmas were rewarded with big bargains and lighter crowds. But their last-minute deal hunting may hurt stores.
Thousands of Christians from the world over packed Manger Square in Bethlehem Monday to celebrate the birth of Jesus in the ancient West Bank town where he was born.

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