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NORAD’s Choice of Santa’s Escort This Year And The 2013 Test Flight Of ‘Big Red 1′ [Video]

Parents and children have been tracking Santa's progress on Christmas Eve on the NORAD website since 1955.

This year, Santa and his reindeer have an unusual escort. See it, and more in the 2013 test flight for "Big Red 1"

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10 Things You Probably Didn’t Know About the American Pilgrims

This week, families will come together from all across the nation for Thanksgiving. They will stuff themselves full of turkey, side dishes and desserts. Some will laugh and joke with relatives, while others renew old feuds and bicker with their cousins and siblings. No matter how your particular Thanksgiving winds up, you can thank the American Pilgrims for starting this long-standing custom.

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Red Cross Staff Returns To Work, Time to Save Some Lives

The strike between blood services workers and the American Red Cross has been suspended, with the staff returning to work without a contract. Negotiations will continue between the union and the Red Cross to resolve the issues that led to the strike and a stoppage of blood collections for several weeks.

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Blood Supply Shortages Reported Throughout U.S.
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Red Cross ‘Race For Life’ Blood Drive Tuesday at Courtland Center

Some people wonder if they have made a difference in their lives. Blood donors don't have that problem. Every time you donate blood, you can save as many as three lives. Your donation is needed and it is meaningful. Summertime is a time when donations typically drop off, so you help is needed now.

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Red Cross Workers Strike in Michigan

I was supposed to donate platelets at the Flint Red Cross Donor Center this weekend. My appointment was canceled as more than 200 American Red Cross workers in Michigan went on strike this morning.

Staff members represented by the Office and Professional Employees International Union and Teamsters walked out because of a dispute over health care benefits.

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Deferral For Blood Donors With Tattoos Eliminated by Red Cross

The American Red Cross Great Lakes Region will soon allow people who have had tattoos in the last 12 months to donate blood. The Red Cross uses the American Association of Blood Banking (AABB) standards on whether or not to defer persons who received a tattoo in the previous 12 months. Potential donors who have received a tattoo in a facility that uses sterile needles and single-use ink will soon be approved in Michigan.

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‘American Idol’ Reacts to Kelly Clarkson Mentoring on ‘The Voice’

After ‘The Voice‘ mentors shared their choice words about the music industry, their biggest competition voiced their opinions as well. The ‘American Idol‘ team took a dig at the NBC show — while simultaneously saying Kelly Clarkson‘s guest mentor stint was flattering for their own series.

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Red Cross, Courtland Center Hold Special Black Friday Blood Drive

The American Red Cross is partnering with Courtland Center Mall in Burton and ABC 12 this holiday season to help save lives. "What better gift to give this holiday season than the gift of life," said Colleen O'Callaghan, Donor Recruitment Representative for the American Red Cross Great Lakes Blood Services Region.

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