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In brief: Mother drops off newborn daughter

LOS ANGELES – A six-hour-old baby girl was nicknamed “Noel” by Los Angeles firefighters after she was handed to them by her mother on Christmas Eve.

The mother brought the child to Los Angeles Fire Department Station 46 under a state law that allows new mothers to relinquish babies without facing abandonment charges, according to department spokesman Erik Scott.

The baby and mother were examined at the station and found to be in good health, he said.

The baby is now under the custody of the county’s Department of Child Services. The mother and child were given matching identification bracelets in case the mother changes her mind.

Emanuel getting Bill Clinton’s help

CHICAGO – Former President Bill Clinton is coming to Chicago in January to campaign for mayoral candidate Rahm Emanuel.

Before serving in President Barack Obama’s White House and representing the North Side of Chicago in Congress, Emanuel worked in Clinton’s administration as a senior adviser for policy and strategy.

Clinton is scheduled to headline a public event that highlights Emanuel’s role in passing a crime bill that put 100,000 more cops on the street nationally.

Santa goes on unexpected ride

MIDVALE, Utah – A man in a Santa outfit took a wild ride through Utah skies Christmas Eve when his balloon took off without a pilot.

Santa was tossing candy to kids from the balloon when the craft landed too hard and the pilot tumbled out.

Police Sgt. Torin Chambers said Santa traveled 1.7 miles before the craft lost enough air to come down.

Chambers said neither Santa nor the pilot was hurt.



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