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Arthur Rankin Jr., creator of 'Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer,' dies

HARRINGTON SOUND, Bermuda, Feb. 2 (UPI) -- Arthur Rankin Jr., the broadcasting legend behind holiday specials such as "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer," has died in Bermuda, his family said.

Norwegian hotel offers dog sled service from airport

KIRKENES, Norway, Jan. 29 (UPI) -- A hotel in northern Norway announced "dog taxis" are available for tourists looking for a ride to the accommodation from the local airport.

Headless reindeer left outside Norwegian village hall

LAKSELV, Norway, Jan. 23 (UPI) -- Officials in the Norwegian village of Lakselv said they were startled to find a headless reindeer that was placed outside the village hall.

Norway attaching reflective cuffs to reindeer antlers

OSLO, Norway, Jan. 9 (UPI) -- Norwegian officials said as many as 10,000 reindeer are being outfitted with reflector cuffs on their antlers to make them more visible to motorists.
Aging expert: Santa may be healthier than he appears

Aging expert: Santa may be healthier than he appears

On the surface Santa Claus may seem an overweight workaholic with an affinity for sweets, but a U.S. geriatrician says Santa may be healthier than he appears.
ALEX CUKAN, United Press International

Santa gets sleigh-flying permission in Norway

OSLO, Norway, Dec. 24 (UPI) -- The Norwegian Civil Aviation Authority said Santa's sleigh has been given clearance to fly and land in the country.

Eminem straddles reindeer in odd Christmas photo

Dec. 24 (UPI) -- Eminem was not about to let the Holidays go by without sending his best to his fans, and thus the rapper posted his version of a Christmas card on Instagram and Twitter on Monday.
Veronica Linares

Grinch made from Post-it notes wins decorating contest

WINNIPEG, Manitoba, Dec. 23 (UPI) -- Technology workers at a Manitoba business said they spent six hours creating an image from Post-it notes featuring the Grinch to win an office decorating party.

Michigan couple to end holiday display with more than 100,000 lights

ROYAL OAK, Mich., Dec. 15 (UPI) -- Michigan homeowners John and Ethlyn Unger said this Christmas will mark the last year for their massive holiday show that includes 100,000 lights.
Reindeer recovered after escaping from Santa during lighting ceremony

Reindeer recovered after escaping from Santa during lighting ceremony

Dec. 9 (UPI) -- Reindeer ran away from Santa Claus in Colorado, and led local officers on an overnight chase.
Evan Bleier

Train in rural Norway kills 24 reindeer, more animals may be injured

VEFSN, Norway, Dec. 4 (UPI) -- A train hit and killed 24 reindeer in northern Norway, the animals' owner said.
'Frozen' has close ties to Broadway

'Frozen' has close ties to Broadway

NEW YORK, Nov. 28 (UPI) -- Disney's animated movie musical "Frozen" has a stellar Broadway pedigree.
KAREN BUTLER, United Press International
Kristen Bell talks about her endearingly awkward princess in 'Frozen'

Kristen Bell talks about her endearingly awkward princess in 'Frozen'

NEW YORK, Nov. 25 (UPI) -- U.S. actress Kristen Bell says she worked hard to make Anna, the little-sister princess she plays in Disney's new animated movie musical, "Frozen," endearingly awkward so audiences could relate to her.
KAREN BUTLER, United Press International
Stamp advisory committee in row with USPS over Harry Potter stamp

Stamp advisory committee in row with USPS over Harry Potter stamp

WASHINGTON, Nov. 19 (UPI) -- The release of a series of Harry Potter stamps by the U.S. Postal Service has created some bad magic with its advisory board and collectors, officials say.

Austria takes top two spots at men's World Cup slalom

LEVI, Finland, Nov. 17 (UPI) -- Austria's Marcel Hirscher picked up where he left off last season with a victory in the men's World Cup slalom race in Finland.
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A man dressed in a Santa Claus suit with a cut out of the games mascot attached to his umbrella arrives at Maracana Stadium for the Opening Ceremonies of the 2007 Pan Am Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil on July 13, 2007. (UPI Photo/Heinz Ruckemann)
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