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NORAD Santa trackers having record holiday


DENVER (AP) -- Santa is piling up more than presents this year. His trackers at NORAD say Santa Claus also broke records this Christmas Eve.

   Volunteers at Peterson Air Force Base in Colorado were fielding 8,000 calls an hour Saturday afternoon, on pace to break a record. Also, Santa's NORAD Facebook page approached 920,000 "likes" by midafternoon. Last year, Santa had 716,000 "likes."

   Volunteers at NORAD Tracks Santa say kids started calling at 4 a.m. Saturday to find out where Santa was.

   The North American Aerospace Defense Command has been telling anxious children about Santa's whereabouts every year since 1955.

   NORAD's Santa updates are on social media, too. In addition to the website and Facebook and Twitter pages, Santa this year has a new tracking app for smart phones.

   First lady Michelle Obama was among the volunteers for a second year in a row. She took some calls from her family's holiday vacation in Hawaii.

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