Christmas

October 04, 2019 - 2:22 am
TAOS, N.M. (AP) — A tree to be displayed outside the U.S. Capitol building over the holidays is supposed to come from a northern New Mexico forest. That’s if the U.S. Forest Service can get an exception from a tree-cutting ban across all New Mexico national forests and one in Arizona. A federal...
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FILE - This April 19, 2017 file photo shows Aretha Franklin performing at the world premiere of "Clive Davis: The Soundtrack of Our Lives" at Radio City Music Hall in New York. A previously unreleased Franklin recording of “O Tannebaum" will be released as part of the holiday album “Big Band Holidays II” from the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis. (Photo by Charles Sykes/Invision/AP, File)
September 24, 2019 - 1:56 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — Christmas is bringing the gift of a previously unreleased Aretha Franklin recording. "Big Band Holidays II" from the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis has a holiday album that will feature the late icon singing "O Tannebaum." Franklin performed the song as she...
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September 16, 2019 - 7:18 pm
( ALT 105.3 ) - While hearing Christmas music too early in the season might be bad for your mental health , decorating for the holiday early apparently does the opposite. The Journal of Environmental Psychology notes that not only does having decorations up earlier make you seem friendlier to...
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Eldis Sula
July 25, 2019 - 11:55 am
Christmas in July is more than an ugly stepsister holiday. No one wants to wait for December to get in the Christmas spirit. It has a life of its own, so if you’re celebrating, don't just throw up a wreath and call it a day. Get imaginative, embrace the Christmas spirit and the warm weather, and...
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FILE - In this May 3, 2013, file photo, members of the militant Islamic Defenders Front (FPI) shout slogan during a demonstration in Jakarta, Indonesia. The Islamic Defenders Front, better known for vigilante actions against gays, Christmas decorations and prostitution, has over the past decade and a half repurposed its militia into a force that's as adept at searching for victims buried under earthquake rubble and distributing aid as it is at inspiring fear. (AP Photo/Achmad Ibrahim, File)
June 11, 2019 - 2:34 am
PALU, Indonesia (AP) — Indonesia's Islamic Defenders Front is perhaps best known for its vigilante actions against gays, Christmas decorations and prostitution. But over the past 15 years it has repurposed its militia into a force that's as adept at searching for victims buried under earthquake...
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This undated photo provided by the Texas Department of Criminal Justice shows Patrick Murphy. Lawyers for the member of the notorious "Texas 7" gang of escaped prisoners who is scheduled to be executed Thursday, March 28, 2019, say he should be spared because he never fatally shot a suburban Dallas police officer during a Christmas Eve robbery nearly 18 years earlier. Murphy is slated to die by lethal injection after 6 p.m. at the state penitentiary in Huntsville. (Texas Department of Criminal Justice via AP)
March 28, 2019 - 11:28 pm
HUNTSVILLE, Texas (AP) — A member of the "Texas 7" gang of escaped prisoners won a reprieve Thursday night from execution for the fatal shooting of a suburban Dallas police officer after claiming his religious freedom would be violated if his Buddhist spiritual adviser wasn't allowed to be in the...
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January 18, 2019 - 10:40 am
Much like Santa, you spent this holiday season delivering gifts to your family members and friends. But now that the flurry of tinsel and wrapping paper has settled, it's time to be your own Santa. Don't worry, no dropping through a chimney required. Just the gift-giving — and, OK, maybe the...
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This Aug. 2, 2018 photo provided by Williams Pioneer Review shows Merced Corona, left, pins his daughter Natalie Corona's badge on her uniform during a swearing-in ceremony in Davis, Calif. Natalie Corona was shot and killed during a routine call Thursday, Jan. 10, 2019. (Williams Pioneer Review via AP)
January 11, 2019 - 11:04 pm
DAVIS, Calif. (AP) — Natalie Corona was a rising star in her police department with a sparkling smile and a huge heart who had followed in her father's footsteps and became an officer, fulfilling a lifelong dream just a few months ago when her dad pinned the badge on her uniform. On Friday, her...
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Russian President Vladimir Putin, right, prepares to shoot a fortress cannon, during a traditional midday cannon shot at the Peter and Paul Fortress in St. Petersburg, Russia, Monday, Jan. 7, 2019. (Alexei Druzhinin, Sputnik, Kremlin Pool Photo via AP)
January 07, 2019 - 7:46 am
MOSCOW (AP) — For Christmas, Vladimir Putin got to do something that many children dream of: fire a really big gun. Under the Russian Orthodox liturgical calendar, Christmas is observed on Jan. 7. During a visit to his hometown of St. Petersburg on Monday, the Russian president visited the...
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Greek Orthodox Patriarch of Jerusalem Theophilos III holds mass in the Church of the Nativity, built atop the site where Christians believe Jesus Christ was born, to celebrate Christmas according to the Eastern Orthodox calendar, in the West Bank City of Bethlehem, Sunday, Jan. 6, 2019. (AP Photo/Majdi Mohammed)
January 06, 2019 - 10:36 am
BETHLEHEM, West Bank (AP) — Dozens of Palestinians are protesting the arrival of the Greek Orthodox patriarch of the Holy Land at an Orthodox Christmas celebration in Bethlehem. The protesters shouted "traitor" at Patriarch Theophilos III as he made his way under heavy guard Sunday toward the...
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