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Christmas Eve services at Charlotte churches:
Between the holiday season and the Panthers game, there were a lot of sights and sounds on the streets of uptown Charlotte on Sunday. Buskers filled the streets with music while many football fans wore their wildest outfits for the game, which the Panthers won.
AAA says lower gas prices, improved economy to prompt nearly three million to travel 50 miles or more

Five people were killed and dozens left homeless after a fire at a Spartanburg County, S.C., apartment complex. Whitney Fire District Chief Shawn Petras tells local media outlets that crews were called to the Southern Pines Apartments at around 12:30 Saturday morning. The coroner says three of the victims are children. Autopsies were scheduled for Sunday, and names have not been released. The cause of the fire was still under investigation. Associated Press

Salisbury musicians, performers and speakers will gather Saturday to take a stand against bullying. Billed as the “Anti-Bullying Christmas Special,” the blended worship service and community program starts at 8 p.m. Dec. 27 at the Inn, 1012 Mooresville Road, in Salisbury. Contact local artist/gospel rapper Capa for more details at 336-309-3465. Jonathan McFadden

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