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Ben, the elf of the family of Bianca Murphy, was found reading a Christmas story to a group of stuffed animals (foreground) in their home Wednesda in Copley. (Karen Schiely/Akron Beacon Journal)
The Murphy brothers Sean, 9, (left) Jack, 6, and Joe, 4, with their elf, Ben at their home Wednesday in Copley. Today, the boys found their elf reading a Christmas story to a group of stuffed animals. (Karen Schiely/Akron Beacon Journal)
Jack Murphy, 6, wrote about his family's elf Ben for a school assignment and drew his picture. (Karen Schiely/Akron Beacon Journal)
Cade VanNatta, 9, holds the book, "The Elf on the Shelf" as he and his brothers and sisters Cole, 11 (left) Corrie, 12, Caleigh, 5, and Cam, 7, are under the watchful eye of their elf, Buddy in their home Wednesday in Lake Township. (Karen Schiely/Akron Beacon Journal)
Caleigh VanNatta, 5, (bottom) her brother Cade, 9, and their sister Corrie, 12, look up at Buddy, their family's elf "Buddy" in their home Wednesday in Lake Township. (Karen Schiely/Akron Beacon Journal)
BEIRUT: Rebels backed by Turkey made major gains Sunday in northern Syria, expelling Kurdish-led forces from towns and villages as part of a determined campaign by Ankara to push the militants east of the Euphrates River.