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Even I’ve stopped listening to Christmas music for now, but that doesn’t mean that all the news about the holiday season is over.

Here’s an interesting story about Christmas trees being set on fire from the Los Angeles CBS website:

>>LONG BEACH (CBS) — Fire investigators have had their hands full with dozens of intentionally set Christmas tree fires.

Officials say as many as 60 fires have been set in the past several days involving Christmas trees that have been left on the curb for trash pick up, KNX 1070′s Ron Killgore reports.

“The risk of the public being hurt, victims being burned in these fires from the fire venturing into their home which is a very real possibility,” Long Beach Fire Arson Capt. Pat Wills said.

No injuries have been reported.

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This “Mother And Child Reunion” was 77 years away!

Here’s the story from yahoo.com:

>>SAN CLEMENTE, Calif. (AP) — For most of her 100 years, Minka Disbrow tried to find out what became of the precious baby girl she gave up for adoption after being raped as a teen.

She hoped, but never imagined, she’d see her Betty Jane again.

The cruel act of violence bore in Disbrow an enduring love for the child. She kept a black and white photograph of the baby bundled in blankets and tucked inside a basket.

It was the last she saw of the girl — until the phone rang in her California apartment in 2006 with the voice of an Alabama man and a story she could have only dreamed.

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We’re used to asking people to make themselves at home, but that’s usually for people we want to have visiting!

However, one thief took it easy while burglarizing a home. Here’s the story from the San Francisco CBS station’s website:

>>SONOMA COUNTY (CBS SF) — A Sacramento man apparently made himself at home for the holidays Sunday in a Sonoma County residence, a county sheriff’s sergeant said.

Jonathon Humphrey, 20, is suspected of burglarizing the Fremont Diner in Sonoma Valley and a residence less than two blocks away on South Central Avenue, Sgt. Dave Thompson said.

Sheriff’s deputies responded around 3:45 p.m. to an alarm at the diner at 2698 Fremont Drive southeast of Sonoma, Thompson said.

The suspect forced the door open and took cash, Thompson said.

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Let’s face it — blue eyes are considered magical while brown eyes, well, not so much.

Believe it or not, medical science might be able to help “make your brown eyes blue.” Check out this story from the Daily Mail:

>>Ever wished you were the blue-eyed boy? You soon could be, after a doctor revealed he can permanently change a person’s eye colour in just 20 seconds.

Dr. Gregg Homer, from Stroma Medical in California, said his Lumineyes technology uses a laser tuned to a specific frequency to turn brown eyes to blue.

The laser energy removes the brown pigment, or melanin, from the top layer of the iris, and the blue eye colour emerges over the following two to three weeks.

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County governments are looking for new ways to add revenue to their coffers. I’ve always joked that if they could charge for breathing or for sex, some government would do it!

Well, a supervisor in southern California has come up with an intriguing idea, according to a CBS TV station in Los Angeles:

>>If you do the time in Riverside County, you better have the dime to pay for it.

KNX 1070′s Mike Landa reports that’s the driving sentiment behind one Riverside County supervisor’s efforts to charge jail inmates for their time in custody.

Supervisor Jeff Stone introduced an ordinance this week seeking reimbursements for the cost of jailing inmates that an estimated $143 dollars per day.

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It just seems like some people are anxious for the world to end these days. And it isn’t even 2012 yet!

Recently, a pastor on the West Coast decided that we’d all buy the farm or go to Heaven on Saturday, May 21. Well, that deadline came and went. So now he’s got a new date in mind.

Check out the story from the Associated Press below:

>>OAKLAND, Calif. – A California preacher who foretold of the world’s end only to see the appointed day pass with no extraordinarily cataclysmic event has revised his apocalyptic prophecy, saying he was off by five months and the Earth actually will be obliterated on Oct. 21.

Harold Camping, who predicted that 200 million Christians would be taken to heaven Saturday before catastrophe struck the planet, apologized Monday evening for not having the dates “worked out as accurately as I could have.”

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That was fast!

There’s an update to yesterday’s story about an elderly woman who stole a pregnant lady’s purse. Here’s the story from the Associated Press:

>>Elderly woman suspected of armed robberies nabbed

FONTANA, Calif. (AP) — A crime analyst who put together a flyer for the “Granny Bandit” wanted in a series of armed robberies in Southern California helped police arrest the woman after she spotted the suspect during her lunch break.

Fontana Police Chief Rod Jones thanked the analyst for helping detectives catch 51-year-old Dodi Wasbotten (DOE’-dee wahz-BOHT-tin) on Wednesday, hours after she allegedly robbed a woman outside a Target store.

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I keep saying that the economy is in bad shape, and the news keeps providing examples of that.

Check out this story from CBS Los Angeles:

>>FONTANA, Calif. (CBS) — A robber on the loose in Fontana turned Mother’s Day into a frightening experience for one local woman, who said the criminal was actually an elderly woman packing a gun.

Fontana police confirmed that a woman believed to be in her 80s held up another woman who was waiting for her husband in the parking lot of Kohl’s. The victim, who is nine months pregnant, said the robbery occurred in broad daylight, around 11:00 a.m. Sunday.

The alleged victim, who only identified herself as “Shelly,” talked to KCAL9 reporter Nicole Gonzales.

“When she approached me. She seemed like a nice old lady that might need directions, that’s what I was thinking,” she said. “I just thought, I’m dead. I kind of froze, and freaked out a little bit.”

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I don’t understand some people. I know gambling can be an addiction, but this? And that’s not the worst of it!

Here’s the story from the CBS Sacramento station’s website:

>>Deputies: Man Left Dead Uncle In Home For 30 Days

MERCED, Calif. (CBS13) — A man has been arrested on a number of charges after allegedly failing to notify authorities that his uncle died and then stealing money from the victim’s account.

The Merced County Sheriff’s Department said a relative of a 63-year-old man flagged down deputies and told them the man was dead inside his home on the 2000 block of Beachwood Drive on Monday.

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It’s really easy to let the negative be your focus and even your obsession. When something happens, it is so appealing to say how hard something was to get done or how imperfect the other person you have been dealing with is. But I just don’t believe that accomplishes much. In fact, I think it makes getting good things done all the harder!

For today’s entry, I was scouting through the news to see what caught my eye, and there was nothing but awful stuff–things that make me feel dirty even considering mentioning on here. So, when I came across a really good news story, it brightened my whole day!

Here is that story as it appeared on AOL.com:

>>3-Year-Old Saves Dad By Walking To Fire Station For Help

(Aug. 23) — When her father collapsed in their living room, 3-year-old Alesaundra Tafoya knew what to do.

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