News for Sunday, December 25, 2011


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Bulls stun Lakers

Derrick Rose hits a shot with 4.8 seconds left to lift the Bulls to an 88-87 win against the Lakers.

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NORAD Santa trackers have record holiday

Santa tracking volunteers received around 102,000 phone calls asking about Santa Claus’ progress. The previous record had been around 80,000 calls.

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Poll: Santa Claus believers’ parents had faith in him

Santa Claus’ popularity, according to an AP-AOL poll in 2006, is up slightly since before the recession hit.

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Teams looking for answers in tonight’s Independence Bowl

Missouri and North Carolina are both looking forward to changes in their football programs, and will need to forget about a coaching change at North Carolina and a chnage from the BIg 12 to the SEC for Missouri, and focus on the game on the field tonight.

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Hawks ready to soar into the real season

The Hawks bring back many of the same old familiar faces, but they have a new look about them as they begin the NBA season.

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Feeling the Heat

LeBron James, who was criticized for his lackluster performance against the Mavs in the NBA Finals, opens the season with a 37-point game to help the Heat run by Dallas, 105-94, on the same day the Mavericks hang their NBA title banner.

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Obama, family attend Christmas church services

After spending a quiet Christmas morning with his family, President Barack Obama attended church services Sunday at a Marine base near his rented Hawaiian vacation home.. The Obamas made the short drive from their multimillion-dollar Kailua Beach house to the chapel at Marine Corps Base Hawaii

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Knicks' Shumpert out 2-4 weeks with sprained knee

Knicks rookie guard Iman Shumpert is expected to miss two to four weeks because of a sprained right knee ligament. The first-round pick from Georgia Tech was hurt in the second half of New York's 106-104 victory over Boston on Sunday when Celtics reserve Chris Wilcox appeared to bang into his leg. The Knicks say Shumpert sprained his MCL.

Robins AFB airmen served meals on Christmas day

Robins Air Force Base airmen will enjoy a Christmas meal served up by base leadership.

Traffic fatalities in Georgia continue to decline

Federal and state authorities say Georgia highway fatalities dropped substantially last year for the fifth year in a row.

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Bethlehem Christmas joyful, crowded, rainy

Hundreds of worshippers, dressed in their holiday best and clutching umbrellas to shield them from a lashing rain, packed the church on Bethlehem's Manger Square Sunday to celebrate Christmas Mass at Jesus' traditional birthplace.

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Poll: Santa Claus believers' parents had faith in him

WASHINGTON — Why do kids believe a chubby guy in a flying sleigh can deliver joy across America? Because their parents do. A whopping 84 percent of grown-ups were once children who trusted in Santa’s magic, and lots cling to it still.

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Hawks ready to soar into the real season

ATLANTA — For a team that looks so familiar on paper, the Hawks look much different on the court.

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Feeling the Heat

DALLAS — While Dirk Nowitzki and the Dallas Mavericks were on the court celebrating the championship they won over LeBron James and Dwyane Wade last season, the Miami Heat were gathered in another part of the building.

Delma Harvill

Delma Mae Harvill, age 85, of Conyers, passed away after a long battle with Congestive Heart Disease, on Thursday, December 22, 2011. Funeral services will be held on Tuesday, December ...

Tony Harris

Tony Lee Harris of Social Circle, passed away December 23, 2011, at the age of 57. Tony was a deacon and faithful member at Word of Life Tabernacle, in Covington ...

Janice Mayo

Janice Mayo, age 64, of Conyers, GA passed away December 23, 2011. Arrangements by Tom M. Wages Funeral Service, LLC, Snellville Chapel, 770-979-3200.

Willie Mae Payne

Wille Mae Payne, age 83, of Lithonia, died December 23, 2011. Arrangements by Henry Funeral Home, Lithonia, 770-482-4411.

Clarence Shope

Clarence Shope, age 63, of Covington, GA passed away December 20, 2011. Arrangements by Caldwell & Cowan Funeral Home, (770) 786-7062, (770) 784-5582 (24 hr. obituary line)