Thu 25 Dec 2008 | 23:49 EST

Six killed as Santa-clad gunman opens fire at L.A. party 7:30pm EST

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - At least six people were killed when a man dressed as Santa Claus entered his former in-laws suburban Los Angeles house and opened fire on guests at a Christmas Eve party before setting the home on fire, police said on Thursday.  Full Article

Olmert issues "last-minute" warning to Hamas 2:27pm EST 

JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert on Thursday issued a "last-minute" appeal to Palestinians in the Gaza Strip to reject their Hamas rulers and stop rocket fire at Israel, warning them he would not hesitate to use force.  Full Article 

Canadian economy shrinks, on track for recession Wednesday, 24 Dec 2008 

OTTAWA (Reuters) - Canada's economy shrank in October on declines in wholesale trade and manufacturing, paving the way for a recession that has been widely predicted by analysts and government officials.  Full Article 

Canadian 7-year-old killed by younger brother Wednesday, 24 Dec 2008 

CALGARY, Alberta (Reuters) - A five-year-old boy in the Western Canadian city of Edmonton, Alberta, stabbed his seven-year-old brother to death in a family squabble earlier this week but will not face charges, media reports said.  Full Article