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-The price of presents named in "The 12 Days of Christmas" song has jumped to $14,600. Seven swans-a-swimming now total $7,000, while three French hens are only $15. I'm faced with difficult decisions, having a swan taste and a French hen budget.

-Warsaw Pact nations, including the Soviet Union, that invaded Czechoslovakia in 1968 finally have condemned their own actions. That's not the first time judgment has matured after 21 years. - Ed Scott