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YouTube download / AP video / Around 200 Japanese office workers took part in the 10th annual Santa parade in Tokyo on Friday. Decked out in the traditional red outfits and white beards, they marched through the capital's Marunouchi business district spreading holiday cheer. (Dec. 23)

Merīkurisumas or Merry Christmas in Japanese is a way to introduce a cool tradition in Tokyo: Specifically in reference to the 10th annual Santa Parade that involved 200 Japanese office workers dressed in the traditional Santa suit along with white beard. The parade was in Tokyo's Marunouchi business district

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DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- Daytona International Speedway has undertaken a new project to further improve the infield for the Rolex 24 At DAYTONA and NASCAR Weekends.

"Daytona International Speedway is putting the construction vehicles to work as the 'World Center of Racing' has undertaken another improvement project in the infield that will provide benefits to the fan experience for Rolex 24 At Daytona and NASCAR weekends," DIS spokesman Andrew Booth said in a press release.

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DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- Running second with a few laps left on June 12, 2013, Jason Leffler was involved in a crash during a sprint car heat race at the 58-mile Bridgeport Speedway in  Logan Township, NJ, resulting in his  his car suffering a front suspension failure that caused it to crash into a wall and flip over repeatedly.

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Volusia County's Marine Science Center in Ponce Inlet welcomes 1 millionth visitor

PONCE INLET, Fla. -- Nobody is certain whether it was the toddler, Haven, or her baby sister, Hazel, in the stroller with an assist from dad, as to who was actually first through the door.

In the grand scheme of things, it's the Kolluri family of Monroe, La,. officially counted as the 1 millionth visitor Wednesday through the doors of the Marine Science Center in Ponce Inlet.

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2017 ReWIND: Top 100 Stories for greater Daytona, Sanford & Orlando (96-100)

Countdown of the Headline Surfer Top 100 stories of 2017...This sgment: 96-100
96. Biker Danny Eslick wins third Daytona 200

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- Danny Eslick took his third Daytona 200 win on Saturday, March 18, after making a last lap pass in turn four of Daytona International Speedway.

Education

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Gov. Rick Scott appoints Edgewater businesswoman to Daytona State College Board

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- Gov. Rick Scott has announced the appointment of Sarah Dougherty, an Edgewater businesswoman, to the Daytona State College District Board of Trustees.

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Today in history for Feb. 4: 1974 – The Symbionese Liberation Army kidnaps Patty Hearst in Berkeley, Calif.

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U.S. President Donald Trump and his Mexican counterpart Enrique Pena Nieto did not manage to meet in person last week, but they stood side by side at the Mexico City Wax Museum. Nathan Frandino reports.
 

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On Feb. 2, 2007, tornadoes killed 21 people in central Florida.
 

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ORLANDO, Fla. -- With Friday's Trump inauguration in the rear mirror, ta women's march against the 45th president has taken center stage on Saturday in the nation's capital.

"A platform of hate and division assumed power yesterday," actress and activist America Ferrera told marchers.  "But the president is not America. His cabinet is not America. Congress is not America. We are America!"

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Highlights of Today in History: Soviet Union breaks WWII Leningrad siege; Robert F. Scott reaches South Pole; Boston Strangler suspect Albert de Salvo convicted. (Jan. 18)

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ORLANDO. Fla. -- On this date in history, Soviet troops liberate the Polish capital from German occupation.

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