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Bandit Santa earns spot on the naughty list

EAST PROVIDENCE, R.I. —Police say a man dressed as Santa Claus robbed a Rhode Island yacht club.

Authorities say a bartender was alone in the East Providence Yacht Club on Sunday night when a large man wearing a red suit, red hat, white beard and carrying a sack walked into the bar and brandished a gun.

The bartender fled and ran to a nearby business, where she called 911.

By the time police arrived, the robber — as well as an undetermined amount of cash from the register — was missing.

Taxi passenger's mean, but good tipper

SACRAMENTO, Calif. —A California taxi passenger may have an anger problem, but he's no miser.

Police in Sacramento got a report that a man pulled a knife on a cab driver during a dispute over the weekend but still made sure to pay his fare — plus tip.

The Sacramento Bee says the rider argued with the driver about his desired destination on Saturday then pulled out a folding-blade knife, prompting the driver to run away on foot.

The passenger also fled — after leaving his cab fare and a tip.

'Flash mob' forces closing of Calif. mall

SACRAMENTO, Calif. —The Westfield Galleria in Roseville, Calif. —which generates $1 million a day in sales — was back open for business Tuesday after a "flash mob" choral horde prompted an evacuation Monday night.

An estimated 4,000 to 5,000 people jammed the second floor food court to witness a prearranged "flash mob" performance of the "Hallelujah Chorus."

The "random act of musical kindness" never happened, as the overcrowded, overloaded mall was evacuated before the planned performance.

Man charged after punching teenage girl

BEAVER CREEK, Colo. —A Georgia man has been charged with misdemeanor child abuse for allegedly punching a 14-year-old girl in the face after she ran into his young son at Colorado's Beaver Creek Ski Resort.

Forty-one-year-old Scott Filler of Decatur, Ga., allegedly hit the girl after she bumped into his 4-year-old son Friday.

There was no answer at a telephone number listed for Filler.

Eagle County Sheriff's Lt. Mike McWilliam said Tuesday the collision happened after the girl swerved to avoid a fallen skier. McWilliam says a ski instructor intervened and Filler apologized when he realized his son wasn't seriously hurt.

Vail Resorts, which owns Beaver Creek, says Filler's skiing privileges have been revoked at all six of its resorts.

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