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Authorities identify dead in Christmas shootings

GRAPEVINE — Authorities in suburban Dallas say a 56-year-old man, his estranged wife and their two teenage children are among those killed in a Christmas Day shooting carried out by a man dressed as Santa Claus.

The Tarrant County, Texas, medical examiner released Tuesday the names of the seven family members who died in the shootings at the apartment in Grapevine.

The seven include 56-year-old Aziz Yazandanpanah. Police believe he arrived at the apartment dressed as Santa Claus as those inside were opening presents, killing them before turning the gun on himself.

Among the dead were his estranged wife, their 19-year-old daughter and 14-year-old son, and his wife’s sister.


Nativity display sees birth of the lamb

CINCINNATI — A lamb has been born unto a Cincinnati nativity display.

The Krohn Conservatory says that a night watchman oversaw the Christmas Eve delivery for a sheep that was part of the live-animal display.

The Cincinnati Enquirer reports that conservatory officials say the birthing went well and the mother and lamb were doing fine. The conservatory’s director says they are thinking of calling the female lamb “Merry,” for “Merry Little Christmas.”

From wire dispatches and staff reports

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