Extremely high tides hit California coast

A natural coast rhythm around the winter solstice is bringing the year's highest tides to California shores.  
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The parks director of a Pennsylvania township who helped subdue a gunman charged with killing three people at a municipal meeting last year is among 19 people being honored with medals and cash from the Pittsburgh-based Carnegie Heroes Fund Commission.  
 
A billboard showing Santa Claus carrying an automatic rifle is drawing controversy in a Northern California town.  
 
Deputies shot and killed a man who holed up inside a burning house in Northern California and fired more than 100 rounds at officers and neighboring houses for several hours, authorities said.  
 
Oakland A's outfielder Coco Crisp recently sold a 2,892 square foot house six blocks from Redondo Beach Pier in Los Angeles County for $1.075 million.  
 
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Review: 'Into the Woods' impressive, but a bit too tame

Rob Marshall's adaptation of the classic Stephen Sondheim musical is a visual feast with some stunning performances, but loses some of the edge of the original play.