Top 5 Things to See Before You Start Your Day: December 29

1. Wis. couple says pet chicken alerted them to blaze: A Wisconsin couple says clucks, not fire trucks, helped them escape a blaze at their home.


2. Extended warranties: Useful or wasteful?


3. Some kids abusing common baking ingredients: Some common holiday baking ingredients — such as cinnamon, nutmeg and marshmallows — can be abused and lead to serious health problems and even death, an expert warns.


4. Fearful of ban, frenzied buyers swarm gun stores: The phones at Red's Trading Post wouldn't stop ringing. Would-be customers from as far away as New York wanted to know if the Twin Falls, Idaho gun shop had firearms in stock. Others clamored to find out if their orders had been shipped.


5. 'Tragic number': Chicago reaches 500 homicides: Chicago Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy says the city has logged its 500th homicide of the year.


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