MONDAY: European Youth Encounter with thousands of young people from Eastern and Western Europe; through Jan. 1, in Paris.

TUESDAY: Trial of suit against government in Pittsburgh by former Marine who says he was forced to leave military for revealing recruiting scam; he's scheduled to testify.WEDNESDAY: Internal Revenue Service Commissioner Margaret Milner Richardson holds news conference to kick off federal income tax filing season.

THURSDAY: Federal appeals court to hold hearing on dispute over absentee ballots that has blocked official count of November votes for Alabama's top state officials.

SATURDAY: New Year's Eve.

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SUNDAY: New Year's Day.

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