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Santa Larry Jefferson smiles with Jack Kivel, 3, at the Santa Experience at the Mall of America in Bloomington, Minn. (Leila Navidi/Star Tribune/Zuma Press)The Minnesota mall, the largest in the nation, welcomed its first black Santa this holiday season.

2016-12-02 10:07:05 -0700

A Syrian child, who fled with his family from rebel-held areas of Aleppo, pictured at a shelter in Jibrin. (Youssef Karwashan/AFP Photo))Opposition forces control at least 70 percent of the neighborhood, but rebels put up ferocious resistance.

2016-12-02 12:33:17 -0700

A police officer outside following a lockdown at Mueller Park Junior High. (Rick Bowmer/AP)Parents noticed their son acting strangely before school and realized he had taken the family's guns.

2016-12-02 12:32:15 -0700