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When 5-year-old TyLon Pittman became concerned that the Grinch was going to steal Christmas for everybody in Byram, Miss., he called the police. An officer responded so TyLon knew Christmas was safe.

In Puerto Rico, some people without power are relying on generators for electricity. Merengue singer Joseph Fonseca was inspired by the rumble of those machines, which led to his latest hit song.

Fire victims are putting up Christmas trees in lots where their homes used to be in Santa Rosa, Calif. The working-class neighborhood was razed by the Wine Country fires earlier this year.

Judge Marilyn Moores presides over the Indianapolis juvenile court. She tells NPR's Scott Simon that the influx of children into the foster care system because of the opioid crisis is overwhelming.

A new cookbook aims to capture the blended cuisine of second-generation Indian-Americans. It pairs recipes with Bollywood movies, for an added taste of home.

NPR's Michel Martin speaks with David Brooks of the New York Times, and E.J. Dionne of The Washington Post and Brookings Institution about the tax bill that President Trump signed. They also discuss the implications of Indiana Sen. Mark Warner's stern warning against any interference with special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into Russian meddling.

The famed conductor Charles Dutoit has been accused of sexual misconduct by four women including opera star Sylvia McNair. Six major orchestras have distanced themselves from him.

Businessman and philanthropist Mark Ein announced that he's buying Washington City Paper — allowing the local news source to continue. NPR's Ari Shapiro talks with managing editor Caroline Jones about what the change means for the paper's future.

Now that Republicans have passed a massive tax bill, they are hoping to tackle entitlement spending in 2018. But they will have to deal with one fewer seat in the Senate and elections in November.

Denmark's seeing a controversy over how to handle Christmas in public schools. The country is largely secular but takes children on church field trips for the holiday.

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