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This book cover image released by Harper shows "Pete the Cat Saves Christmas,"created and illustrated by James Dean and story by Eric Litwin. (AP Photo/Harper)

Wrap a Christmas picture book for kids

- Associated Press

Looking to keep the kids entertained during long holiday car rides or dinners? Tell all your gift-buying elves to wrap up a book.

Americas’s top-10 turkey leftovers - and where to get the recipes

- The Washington Times

Well, someone has to figure out what the heck Americans like to do with turkey in a post-Thanksgiving world. That job goes to the all-knowing National Turkey Federation, which charts both bird and industry with precision. Naturally, a reprise of the actual turkey dinner itself is the most popular, what with the siren call of hot turkey sandwiches bolstered with stuffing and gravy. That is, of course, unless Junior and Uncle Ralph didn’t get to the turkey first.

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BC's Elimimian selected CFL's outstanding player

Associated Press

B.C. Lions linebacker Solomon Elimimian was honored Thursday night as the Canadian Football League's outstanding player, becoming the first pure defensive player to win the award.

EXCHANGE: Hospital offers water treadmill for dogs

- Associated Press

Now that Gracia Polarek's 15½-year-old golden retriever Bobbie is using a water treadmill to treat the osteoarthritis in the dog's hips, she no longer drags her right rear paw.

In this photo taken on Nov. 15, 2014, patrons of the historic  Hippodrome walk past the front of the century-old Austin Avenue theater in Waco, Texas, which saw appearances by Abbott & Costello and Elvis Presley through the years. The theater recently reopened  after a year long renovation. (AP Photo/The Waco Tribune-Herald, Rod Aydelotte)

Century-old theater throws open doors once more

- Associated Press

The chill in the air might have shrunk the crowds for a street dance outside the remodeled Waco Hippodrome on a recent Saturday night, but the lobby was busy, the second-floor café was full, and people seemed thrilled at the newest manifestation of a revitalized downtown Waco.

News briefs from around Kentucky at 1:58 a.m. EST

Associated Press

To rebuild in the conservative South, Democratic leaders say their party must become more aggressive advocates for the middle class in an effort to energize African-Americans and attract whites.

Russian doctor rebellion causes headache for Putin

- Associated Press

Dr. Semyon Galperin spent a decade in medical research in Russia and as much time in the United States, working at top hospitals and research companies. Despite his expertise, Galperin was recently given a stark ultimatum from the Moscow hospital where he works: Leave or stay on as a lowly hospital attendant.

Correction: Obit-Diem Brown story

Associated Press

In a story Nov. 14 reporting the death of Diem Brown, The Associated Press reported erroneously that she was 32, based on statements Brown gave to the media. Her family has confirmed she was 34 when she died.

An art show to hook all kinds: José-María Cundín

- Associated Press

As much as Imperial Calcasieu Museum Executive Director Susan Reed likes singing the praises of local artists, she's also proud to present a double-barreled show of works by Spanish-born José-María Cundín on display through December. "Our mission is to support visual arts and artists," she said. "It's local artists first. But through the years we've had Warhol, Picasso and Matisse on exhibit."

Colorado lab tests 'smart home' to talk to grid

- Associated Press

Bryan Hannegan is picturing the home of the future. In his imagination, it's not in outer space, or shaped like a giant geodesic dome. This home talks to itself, and to what's around it.

Traffic stops for texting while driving increase

- Associated Press

The number of people stopped for texting while driving on Utah's highways has increased sharply since lawmakers expanded the law to ban dialing phones or checking email behind the wheel, according to new numbers from the Utah Highway Patrol.