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‘Elf’ sparks 9-1-1 call

OLD BRIDGE, N.J.—A New Jersey girl called 9-1-1 after she touched her “Elf on the Shelf.”

Police say seven-year-old Isabelle LaPeruta was worried because, according to the popular children’s book, the magic of Christmas goes away if the elf is touched.

The girl told the 9-1-1 operator not to come to her house because she had meant to call her dad.

Authorities in Siberia reward local woman with truck full of coal for slimming down

MOSCOW Shedding the pounds in Siberia can come with a particularly welcome reward — coal.

Yelena Salnikova, a nurse from a small town of Berezovskoye, got a truck full of the stuff from authorities in the coal-rich Russian region of Kemerovo on Wednesday for losing 30 kilos (66 pounds).

Frustrated man leaves flock of chickens inside lobby of Oregon tax department

EUGENE, Ore. Police say an Oregon man angry with his tax situation left a flock of seven chickens inside the state revenue office.

Police in Eugene said in a news release they responded to a report Wednesday afternoon of chickens left in the lobby of the Oregon Department of Revenue.

Giant Arctic drilling rig expected to leave US harbour for Europe

PORT ANGELES, Wash. An Arctic drilling rig that has made its home in the U.S. harbour of Port Angeles in Washington state is expected to depart for Europe.

The Peninsula Daily News reports (http://is.gd/RmJvif ) the giant oil drilling platform, the Polar Pioneer, has been welded to a ship owned by a Netherlands company.

New Jersey girl calls 911 in panic after touching the Elf on the Shelf, fearing magic was gone

OLD BRIDGE, N.J. A New Jersey girl called 911 after she touched her Elf on the Shelf.

Police say 7-year-old Isabelle LaPeruta of Old Bridge was worried because, according to the popular children’s book, the magic of Christmas goes away if the elf is touched.

Celtics top T’wolves

BOSTON—The fans showered former Celtic Kevin Garnett with chants while Boston rained key three-pointers on the Minnesota Timberwolves.

Kelly Olynyk scored 19 points and Jae Crowder had 18 as the Celtics beat Minnesota 113-99 last night while the crowd begged to see Garnett.

“Three-point shooting is probably the next most contagious thing to the ’flu,” Olynyk joked.