The Sideshow


  • With just over two weeks until Christmas, we interrupt the festive mood with a dark and daunting message from Santa Claus himself.

    “Dear children, regrettably I bring bad tidings,” Santa says in a video posted by the environmental group Greenpeace. “For some time now, melting nice here in the North Pole has made our operations and our day to day life intolerable and impossible. And there may be no alternative but to cancel Christmas.”

    After watching the video, it’s clear that political conservatives aren’t the only ones trying to use Christmas to push their respective causes.

    In the video, Santa Claus is played by actor Jim Carter , best known as Mr. Carson on “Downton Abbey,” appear to be sending his emergency broadcast from the confines of a derelict basement, with water dripping from the ceiling. Santa’s clothes appear dirty wet and the camera shifts in and out of focus, with dark, ominous lighting reminiscent of recent horror films such as the “Saw” or “Paranormal Activity” film

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  • Students taking an exam (Thinkstock)

    The "A" is for attractive.

    If you have a symmetrical face. If you have nice teeth. If you can be accurately described as "pretty darn good-looking, all things considered," then good news — you have yet another advantage you might not have known about, according to a recently published study.

    In the report, titled "Physical Attractiveness and the Accumulation of Social and Human Capital in Adolescence and Young Adulthood," sociologist Rachel Gordon explains that good-looking kids get better grades in high school, and she has the data to back it up.

    And the advantages continue into adulthood. As a grownup with a job, a good-looking person is more likely to earn a higher salary.

    The research took into account a national survey of nearly 9,000 high school students from the class of 1994-95. The study followed the students into their 20s and 30s. The interviewers were responsible for rating the students' attractiveness, Inc.com explains. It's like "Mean Girls" in real life.

    Gordon spoke with

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  • A 6-year-old was suspended from school in Canon City, Colo., after kissing a girl on her hand. School officials said the smooch was sexual harassment, KRDO reports.

    Hunter Yelton reportedly had a crush on a female classmate. So he planted a smooch on her hand as a way to show his affection. A smooth move, no doubt. Unfortunately for Hunter, the school didn't agree. The kiss was seen as a kind of harassment. Hunter was sent to the principal's office and suspended.

    Hunter's mom Jenny Saunders told KRDO that the subject of Hunter's affection was OK with the kiss. Other kids told the music teacher about the sneaky smooch.

    Saunders told KRDO:

    "That was the day I had the meeting with the principal, where she first said 'sexual harassment'. This is taking it to an extreme that doesn't need to be met with a six-year-old. Now my son is asking questions… what is sex, Mommy? That should not ever be said, sex. Not in a sentence with a six-year-old."

    Both mother and son told KRDO that Hunter isn't

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  • Ukraine, Poland and Lithuania form joint military unit

    WARSAW (Reuters) - Ukraine, Poland and Lithuania launched a joint military force on Friday that Polish President Bronislaw Komorowski said could start its first exercises in the tense region in the next year. The three countries and other states in the area have been on high alert since Russia annexed Ukraine's Crimea region in March - and Western powers accused Moscow of sending troops to back rebels in eastern Ukraine. Polish defense officials said the new joint unit could take part in peacekeeping operations, or form the basis of a NATO battle group if one was needed in the future. ...

  • Fence jumper at White House sparks evacuation
    Fence jumper at White House sparks evacuation

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Much of the White House was evacuated on Friday after someone jumped the fence at the executive mansion.

  • The 'CIA Canoe Pool' and other revelations from declassified government papers
    The 'CIA Canoe Pool' and other revelations from declassified government papers

    So what do we know after the CIA declassified more than 200 articles this week from its in-house journal, Studies in Intelligence?

  • Kurdish leader urges world to protect Syrian town from Islamic State
    Kurdish leader urges world to protect Syrian town from Islamic State

    By Seyhmus Cakan DIKMETAS Turkey (Reuters) - Iraqi Kurdish leader Masoud Barzani called on Friday for international intervention to protect a Kurdish town in neighboring Syria from Islamic State fighters who have forced many Syrian Kurds to flee across the border into Turkey. Thousands of Kurds crossed the frontier on Friday, fearing an imminent attack on the border town of Ayn al-Arab, known as Kobani in Kurdish, as Islamic State (IS) fighters advanced after seizing dozens of nearby villages over the past two days. ...

  • France joins US against Islamic State over Iraq
    France joins US against Islamic State over Iraq

    PARIS (AP) — France is back at America's side in conducting military strikes in Iraq.

  • US chief justice worried about partisanship
    US chief justice worried about partisanship

    LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — U.S. Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts expressed concern Friday about growing partisanship in the judicial confirmation process and a public perception that politics factor into the court's rulings.

  • Sunken 'Ship of Gold' Contains Bounty of Jewelry, Other Treasures
    Sunken 'Ship of Gold' Contains Bounty of Jewelry, Other Treasures

    A trove of gold coins, bracelets, buckles and broaches are among the precious treasures retrieved from a 157-year-old shipwreck off the coast of South Carolina. The "Ship of Gold," known in its sailing days as the SS Central America, was loaded down with 30,000 lbs. (13,600 kilograms) of gold when a hurricane sent it to the watery depths 160 miles (260 kilometers) from the coast of South Carolina on Sept. 12, 1857. Now, deep-sea exploration company Odyssey Marine Exploration Inc., is re-excavating the site. They've also found gold jewelry, gold nuggets and snippets of 19th-century life, from glass containers to chewing tobacco still in its package. 

  • 46 years later, owner to get stolen Jaguar back
    46 years later, owner to get stolen Jaguar back

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Forty-six years ago Ivan Schneider, successful Manhattan lawyer, bought himself the Jaguar convertible that would feature in a most unusual tale of unrequited love.

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