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Associated Press - December 25, 2008 9:53 PM ET

COVINA, Calif. (AP) - A man in a Santa suit, bitter over a divorce, is blamed in a deadly rampage at his ex-in-laws' Christmas party. Police in Covina, Calif., say Bruce Pardo opened fire with a gun then burned the house down before killing himself. Six bodies were found today in the rubble. His ex-wife and her parents are still missing.

WOODMERE, N.Y. (AP) - No charges have been filed in a car crash that turned a New York Hanukkah party for children into a nightmare. Fourteen people were hurt when a car driven by an elderly man suddenly crashed through the plate glass windows of a building in Woodmere, running people over. Six children are among the injured.

(AP) - Deep snow has been causing Christmas Day problems in the West and there's a promise of more. The mountains of southwest Colorado are under a blizzard warning, with three feet of snow possible. In the East, high wind has knocked out power in more than 100 communities in New Hampshire.

NEW YORK (AP) - Preliminary sales figures indicate the holiday shopping season was the worst in decades. A report out tonight shows a drop in retail sales of 5.5 to 8% compared to last year. We'll get a better idea in two weeks when major retailers report their sales results.

WASHINGTON CROSSING, N.J. (AP) - Cold weather and ice didn't stop George Washington, but strong winds and a fast current today did prevent the reenactment of his pivotal Christmas Day crossing of the Delaware in 1776. The reenactors took the bridge. Officials of Pennsylvania's Washington Crossing park say they couldn't risk anybody getting hurt.

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