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U.S. Police: No Beer Led to Ceramic Squirrel Stabbing

South Carolina authorities have said a 44-year-old woman angry at a man for returning home without beer on Christmas beat and stabbed him with a ceramic squirrel.

The Charleston County Sheriff's office said in a report that deputies found a man covered with blood when they arrived at Helen Williams' North Charleston home early Wednesday. She told investigators the man fell and cut himself, but couldn't explain why her hands and clothes were also bloody.

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World's Hottest Pepper is Grown in U.S.

Ed Currie holds one of his world-record Carolina Reaper peppers by the stem, which looks like the tail of a scorpion.

On the other end is red fruit with a punch of heat nearly as potent as most pepper sprays used by police.

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Santa Gangs Rob Jewelry Shops in Albania, Kosovo

Four armed men dressed as Santa robbed a jewelry shop in a Tirana mall, police said Thursday while another "Santa gang" injured two people during a robbery in neighboring Kosovo.

The four thieves, armed with automatic weapons, burst into the Tirana shop on Tuesday, threatening the owner at gunpoint as they filled sacks with luxury goods, Interior Ministry spokesman Florion Seriani told Agence France Presse.

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Sixty Hurt in Argentina Piranha Attack

Piranhas on a Christmas Day feeding frenzy injured some 60 people in the Argentine city of Rosario, officials said Thursday.

Those injured in the attack Wednesday by the ferocious fish included a girl who lost part of a finger, Health Undersecretary Gabriela Quintanilla told reporters.

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Surfers Dressed as Santa Claus Gather in Florida

More than 210 surfers dressed as Santa Claus, elves and snowmen were surfing the Christmas Eve waves off central Florida's Atlantic coast.

Florida Today reports that when Cocoa Beach Mayor Dave Netterstrom took in the view from the sand Tuesday, he declared the fourth-annual gathering "the largest surfing Santa event on the planet."

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NY Man's 10,607 Video Games Secure Guinness Title

Maybe it was getting his first video game, Cosmic Avenger, for Christmas at the age of 12, and then having to wait an entire year for the hard-to-land Colecovision console to play it on that made Michael Thomasson so determined to get his hands on every video game and system he could find.

Now, 31 years and roughly 11,000 games later, Thomasson is the newly crowned world record holder for having the largest collection of video games. He is featured in a two-page spread in the just-released "Guinness World Records 2014 Gamer's Edition."

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Hospital Wraps Newborns in Christmas Stockings

California hospitals are spreading holiday cheer for new parents by delivering newborns in giant Christmas stockings.

The bright red stockings were provided this week for babies born at Long Beach Memorial Medical Center in Redlands, California. The Long Beach Press-Telegram says it's a half-century-old tradition.

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Brazil Senate Chief to Repay 'Hair Transplant' Flight

The president of Brazil's senate, Renan Calheiros, will repay the cost of using an air force jet for a trip during which he reportedly had a hair transplant, his spokesman said Tuesday.

"The president is to repay the costs of this flight. He is waiting for the air force to calculate the bill before doing so," he said. "I don't know if the president has had a hair transplant."

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British Surgeon Suspended for 'Branding Initials on Liver'

A British surgeon has been suspended over allegations that he "branded" his initials onto a patient's liver, media reported on Tuesday.

Simon Bramhall faces an investigation after a colleague discovered the initials "SB" on the organ during a follow-up operation at Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham, central England, newspapers said.

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Christmas Documentary Reveals Sex Pistols' Cuddly Side

Notorious punk rocker Sid Vicious dances to Christmas hits with a gaggle of children, while fellow Sex Pistol Johnny Rotten hands out presents. It sounds implausible, but this is how the British punk band spent Christmas Day 1977.

Unseen footage of Sex Pistols in this unlikely scenario will be broadcast for the first time in a new documentary to be aired on BBC television on December 26.

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