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FALKNER, Miss. (AP) — It may not seem like much of a Christmas when your home has just been heavily damaged or destroyed by a tornado. But survivors of the storms Wednesday that left 14 people dead in the Southeast are counting their blessings. Barbara Perkins is now homeless, but she's happy just to be alive. She says, "You kind of stop and realize what Christmas is all about."

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A manhunt from five years ago is apparently over. Skeletal remains were found in a cave in Utah yesterday -- and they're believed to be those of a man suspected of shooting and wounding a state park ranger in 2010. They were found by a college student -- Caleb Shumway -- who says he and his 15-year-old brother decided to spend two weeks over winter break searching for the suspect. Their father, a police officer, had taken part in the search five years ago. Shumway says he and his brother were motivated in part by the $30,000 in reward money.

WASHINGTON'S CROSSING, Pa. (AP) — As always on Christmas Day, they're re-enacting George Washington's crossing of the Delaware River this afternoon. It's an event that draws families and fans of history to both sides of the Delaware River in Pennsylvania and New Jersey. But they won't be able to re-create the weather. Back in 1776, two Continental soldiers froze to death on the march downriver to Trenton. Today, temperatures are in the mid to upper 60s.

NEW YORK (AP) — Ever wonder what happens to the Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree in New York after Christmas? It's visited by an estimated 500,000 people a year -- and it will continue to spread good cheer even after it comes down. For the ninth year in a row, the tree will be milled into lumber for Habitat for Humanity projects. Last year's tree is being used in five Philadelphia homes.

LONDON (AP) — To the woman who received a phone call asking if this was the planet Earth -- it wasn't a prank call. A British astronaut on the International Space Station was trying to make a phone call, but apparently dialed the wrong number. Tim Peake tweeted an apology today to the person who received the call. He's the first Briton to visit the space station, arriving there earlier this month.

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