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PRE-PRESIDENTIAL SPEECH READING MATERIAL?
A U.S. Army cadet reads a book entitled "Kill Bin Laden" as he waits with other cadets for U.S. President Barack Obama to deliver an address on U.S. policy and the war in Afghanistan at the U.S. Military Academy in West Point, New York December 1, 2009. Obama is expected to announce a plan to send 30,000 more U.S. troops to Afghanistan over six months in a bid to beat back the Taliban and bring a quicker end to a costly and unpopular eight-year war. (Yahoo News)
SANTA'S HELPER JAILED FOR BOMB HOAX
A man dressed as an elf is jailed after police in Georgia say he told a mall Santa that he was carrying dynamite. Police say Southlake Mall in suburban Atlanta was evacuated but no explosives were found.
Morrow police arrested 45-year-old William C. Caldwell III, who was being held without bond Thursday in the Clayton County jail. He was not part of the mall's Christmas staff.
Police say Caldwell got in line Wednesday evening to have his picture taken with Santa Claus. (Breitbart.com)
"JESUS CHRIST" REPORTS FOR JURY DUTY IN ALABAMA
Jesus Christ was called for jury duty this week in Jefferson County, but was sent home for being disruptive.
Court officials were skeptical at first when on Monday a potential juror submitted a name change form with "Jesus Christ" on it. But the 59-year-old Birmingham woman, who previously went by Dorothy Lola Killingworth, assured the presiding judge that was her name. (USA Today)
TOO FAT TO FLY?
A photo allegedly showing an overweight passenger on an American Airlines flight has raised the uncomfortable question: How fat is too fat to fly?
The image, first posted on airline blog Flightglobal.com, shows a man seated in the center row of an aircraft who appears to be so large that he takes up not only his seat but half the aisle as well.
According to blogger Kieran Daly, the image was taken and sent to him by a flight attendant, who also sent it to her manager, complaining that the gate staff should not have let the man board because he had paid for only one seat. (NY Daily News)