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“It’s going from Herbie the Love Bug to a Bentley. It’s like a Cinderella story.”

Larry Smith, North Carolina farmer, on the 19 1/2-foot-tall Fraser fir selected as the official White House Christmas tree. Smith said the tree had basically been abandoned & thought officials would have chosen one of the others on his farm. The tree will arrive by horse and carriage Monday to be put on display in the Blue Room.
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“The lessons we had learned in the past kind of went out of the window …”

Paradise, CA Emergency Operations Coordinator Jim Broshears, on the "megafire" which roared in at 2 miles/minute, upending previous escape plans. Officials sent a CodeRED alert, but only an estimated 30% of households received it either because they weren't signed up for it or due to the overwhelmed network. The Camp Fire, the most deadly in CA history, killed at least 80 people.
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“Now the campaign truly is behind us, and that’s where we need to leave it.”

Rick Scott, a two-term Republican Governor, as Democratic incumbent Bill Nelson conceded the highly-contested Florida Senate race after recounts showed Nelson trailed Scott by 10,000 votes. Nelson was one of 10 Senate Democrats running for re-election in a state President Trump won in 2016; the Republican win will help consolidate power in the Senate.
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“I just want the best possible head coach to move this thing forward regardless of age. It could be a woman, too. Do not look at me like that. I am serious.”

Cleveland Browns General Manager John Dorsey on the team's head coach search, as ESPN reports former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice is under consideration for an interview. Rice, a lifelong Browns fan, says she's "not ready to coach." No female has ever interviewed for a head coach position in the NFL.
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“A change of leadership at this point isn’t going to make the negotiations any easier …”

British Prime Minister Theresa May on political infighting within her party and threas to unseat her, as Britain works to divorce from the European Union. The current 500+ page agreement says Britain may exit the EU on Mar. 29, but must stay in EU's single market for trade until Dec. 2020 - which May promised in 2017 to remove. An emergency meeting with EU leaders will be held Sunday.
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“… may be an example of a way parents may transfer healthy microorganisms to their young children.”

Eliane Abou-Jaoude, an allergist and lead author of new research that finds parents sucking their child's pacifier when it falls to the ground may help prevent allergies in children. Only 12% of the studies mothers admit cleaning them that way (41% sterilize), stimulating the child's immune system. However, it was cautioned that the results are not an endorsement of the practice.
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