Ho, ho, ho! SantaCon is coming to town

Revelers dressed in Santa outfits take part in the annual SantaCon event in the Brooklyn borough of New YorkFrom Boston to Austin and Chicago to Los Angeles, revelers across the United States will be donning red and white suits this weekend to mark the worldwide SantaCon holiday pub crawl. The annual, often inebriated gatherings of people dressed as Santa Claus as they go barhopping will be held in 380 cities in the United States and 51 countries, according to SantaCon.info. The website, which bills itself as the established authority on the event, lists details of festivities around the globe, discounts on Santa Claus costumes and advice on how to avoid ticket scams for the events which are mostly free.

'I had to do it,' accused gunman says of South Carolina church attack

Police lead suspected shooter Dylann Roof into the courthouse in ShelbyRoof told investigators after his arrest for the June 17, 2015, massacre at Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston that he estimated he had killed five people as retribution for perceived racial grievances. "I had to do it because somebody had to do it," Roof said in the taped confession.

Cadillac disavows casting call for 'neo-Nazi' character in brand ad

View shows Cadillac logo in MoscowGeneral Motors Co's Cadillac brand on Saturday disavowed a casting notice that called for an "alt-right (neo nazi)" role in a Cadillac commercial amid a storm of outrage on social media. The casting notice, circulated on Twitter and Facebook, said an agency was looking for "any and all real alt-right thinkers/believers" and indicated the call was for a Cadillac advertisement to be filmed later this month. The alt-right is a loose grouping characterized by a rejection of mainstream politics that includes neo-Nazis, white supremacists and anti-Semites.

NJ police officer injured in crash while responding to accident

NJ police officer injured in crash while responding to accidentA Pennsauken police officer responding to one crash was involved in another one while on the way to the scene.

Trump campaign manager Conway leading Christmas parade

Kellyanne Conway, campaign manager for President-elect Donald Trump, center, walks through the lobby of Trump Tower, Monday, Dec. 5, 2016, in New York. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)HAMMONTON, N.J. (AP) ? Republican President-elect Donald Trump's campaign manager is returning to her native New Jersey to lead a holiday parade.

Turkish minister: 29 killed, 166 wounded in twin bombings

Turkish minister: 29 killed, 166 wounded in twin bombingsTurkey's Interior Minister Suleyman Soylu says two blasts after an Istanbul soccer match killed have 29 people and wounded 166 others.

Trump campaign manager Conway to lead Christmas parade

Trump campaign manager Conway to lead Christmas paradeKellyanne Conway, Donald Trump's senior advisor, is a South Jersey native, and will serve as the grand marshal of the parade.

Warehouse fire survivor: People 'dying right in front of me'

Christopher Farstad, right, a musician from Minneapolis, speaks with his father, James, at a coffee shop Friday, Dec. 9, 2016, in Gilbert, Ariz. Farstad was among a group of people attending a music event inside a warehouse in Oakland, Calif., on Friday night, Dec 2, 2016, when a fire tore through the building, killing dozens of people. He described the scene as a "hellish situation." (AP Photo/Brian Skoloff)OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) ? To set foot in the Ghost Ship on a party night was to pass through the industrial facade of an old warehouse and enter an exotic world glowing with rainbow lanterns, guarded by figures of Asian deities and pulsing with a welcoming vibe.

Mourners honor Wilmington firefighter Ardythe Hope

Mourners honor Wilmington firefighter Ardythe HopeWilmington firefighters said their farewell Saturday to Senior Firefighter Ardythe Hope, who died from injuries suffered battling a blaze that was intentionally set.

Winds likely contributed to Texas pelicans killed by traffic

BROWNSVILLE, Texas (AP) ? Strong winds and high tides may have contributed to the deaths of more than 60 brown pelicans killed by oncoming traffic along a highway near Texas' border with Mexico.

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