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Ho Ho No: Postal Service Drops Santa Letters Program

Thousands of starry-eyed children all over the world are writing letters to the jolly man at the North Pole this holiday season, but they will not likely get a response from Santa Claus or his helpers.

Teen Girl Indicted in Missouri Murder of Neighbor, 9

Blessed with a Friday off school, 15-year-old Alyssa Bustamante dug two holes in the ground to be used as a grave, authorities said.

Democrats plan to unveil healthcare bill

WASHINGTON – Senate Democratic leader Harry Reid prepared to unveil long-awaited healthcare overhaul legislation on Wednesday, with the first test vote on the package expected by the end of the week.

AG Blasted for 'Bad History'

Sen. Lindsey Graham accuses Attorney General Holder of 'making bad history' in sending Sept. 11 mastermind Khalid Sheikh Mohammed to NYC for trial | VIDEO

Cops Hunt for Hostage-Takers at Florida T.J. Maxx

Police were searching early Wednesday for two armed men at a T.J. Maxx clothing store in a southwest Florida shopping mall after they allegedly held eight employees hostage for at least 3 hours.

Gov't Waste Soars to $98B

About 5 percent of spending in federal programs in fiscal year 2009 was improper, gov't financial report reveals

Dems End Filibuster Against Nominee

GOP filibuster against a controversial appeals court nominee is quashed by Dems with Republican help

Hoffman 'unconcedes' in N.Y.-23 House race

Conservative Party candidate Doug Hoffman has "unconceded" in New York's special House election after reports that the vote margin narrowed between him and Rep. Bill Owens (D).

Woman pleads guilty in Elizabeth Smart case

SALT LAKE CITY — Seven years after it began, the wrenching saga of Elizabeth Smart's kidnapping is expected to move toward resolution Tuesday with an expected guilty plea from one of the two defendants charged in t

Holder On Defensive

AG stands by decision to send alleged 9/11 conspirators to NYC for trial, says team considered downsides | VIDEO