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Reindeer name games: Is it Donder or Donner?

Reindeer name games: Is it Donder or Donner?

Farm agencies are not about to be outdone by U.S. air defense officials when it comes to altering policies to aid Santa and his reindeer.

Both the state and federal bureaucracies that control cross-border movement of livestock issued their annual waivers Wednesday so that Santa can visit U.S. and California households without assistance from an attorney and veterinarian.

Here’s the problem: the two agencies can't seem to agree on the reindeer names. Neither forgot Rudolph. They agree on Dasher and Dancer, Prancer and Vixen, Comet and Cupid and Blitzen.

But is the seventh reindeer called “Donner,” as the U.S. Department of Agriculture says, or is it...