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FILE - In this Nov. 26, 2019, file photo Nick Bierman looks at televisions while shopping ahead of Black Friday at a Best Buy in Henderson, Nev. Holiday shopping doesn't end with Christmas. Bargain hunters can take advantage of fatter discounts on clothing, home decor and other items between Christmas and well into January. (AP Photo/John Locher, File)
December 24, 2019 - 11:07 am
NEW YORK (AP) — Holiday shopping doesn’t end with Christmas. Shoppers can take advantage of fatter discounts on clothing, home decor and other items between Christmas and well into January. In fact, a National Retail Federation survey of nearly 8,000 adults conducted Nov. 27 through Dec. 5 found...
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Houston Texans players De'Andre Hopkins, left, and Kenny Stills, right, shop for Christmas clothes with Jadon Cofield and Miracle Washington-Tribble, center right, Monday, Dec. 16, 2019, at Galleria Mall in Houston. The two teens are beneficiaries of Eight Million Stories, a Houston program which helps 14-18-year-olds who have either quit or been kicked out of school continue their education, find employment and receive emotional support. (AP Photo/Michael Wyke)
December 24, 2019 - 2:07 am
HOUSTON (AP) — Miracle Washington-Tribble didn't see much hope for her future. At 16 and already a single mother to a baby boy, she wasn't going to school, had been in numerous fights and lacked ambition to turn her life around. Then in August she was introduced to Eight Million Stories, a Houston...
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In this image released Tuesday Dec. 24, 2019, Britain's Queen Elizabeth II poses for a photo, while recording her annual Christmas Day message to the nation, at Windsor Castle, England. Excerpts released by Buckingham Palace of the pre-recorded message to be broadcast on TV on Christmas Day, show the Queen acknowledging that both Britain and her family have endured a difficult year. (Steve Parsons/pool via AP)
December 23, 2019 - 7:05 pm
LONDON (AP) — Queen Elizabeth II plans to acknowledge that both Britain and her family have endured a difficult year by saying during her Christmas message that it has been a “bumpy” time. The pre-recorded message will be broadcast in Britain and the Commonwealth nations on Christmas Day. It was...
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Holocaust survivor and WWII veteran Mikhail Spectr, 86, pauses as he speaks during the annual Hanukkah Menorah Lighting Ceremony in Moscow, Russia, Sunday, Dec. 22, 2019. Spectr was taken to Jewry in 1941 at the age of 8 when Nazi soldiers arrived at his village in Ukraine Soviet republic. Mikhail Spectr had been kept at ghetto in Transnistria, territory between Dniester and Southern Bug, occupied by the Nazi and its allies from 1941 and 1944. (AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko)
December 23, 2019 - 6:14 pm
PARIS (AP) — Holocaust survivors sang at Jerusalem's Western Wall, danced in Paris and lit candles in other cities to celebrate Hanukkah together, recalling Nazi horrors that Jewish community leaders fear are fading from the world's collective memory. An 86-year-old man in Moscow described being...
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In this Oct. 22, 2019 photo, Rockette Sydney Mesher center right, takes part in a rehearsal at the Rockette's rehearsal space in New York. Mesher, who was born without a left hand due to the rare congenital condition symbrachydactyly, is the first person with a visible disability ever hired by New York's famed Radio City Rockettes. (AP Photo/Craig Ruttle)
December 23, 2019 - 3:19 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — A dancer born with one hand is the first person with a visible disability ever hired by New York's famed Radio City Rockettes. “I don't want to be known as the dancer who has one hand, and not because that's a bad thing," Sydney Mesher, who joined the Rockettes this season, told...
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Riot police officers detain a striking train worker outside the the Gare de Lyon train station, Monday, Dec. 23, 2019 in Paris. A wildcat protest comes on Day 19 of nationwide strike over the government's plans to raise the retirement age to 64. The union-led protest Monday led to a standoff with riot police that spilled onto the streets around the historic Gare de Lyon train station. (AP Photo/Francois Mori)
December 23, 2019 - 11:25 am
PARIS (AP) — Last year, it was the yellow vest protests. This year, it’s the strikes that have crippled Paris. The Christmas holidays aren’t proving to be a lucrative - or indeed merry - time for boutiques in the capital. Or, for that matter, oyster vendors. Or hotels, or cafes. Decorative lights...
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A new artwork dubbed "Scar of Bethlehem" by the artist Banksy is displayed in The Walled Off Hotel, in the West Bank city of Bethlehem, Sunday, Dec. 22, 2019. (AP Photo/Majdi Mohammed)
December 22, 2019 - 12:53 pm
BETHLEHEM, West Bank (AP) — The mysterious street artist known as Banksy has displayed a politically charged Nativity scene in Bethlehem, the town revered as Jesus' birthplace, just in time for the busy Christmas season. The artwork, named “Scar of Bethlehem,” depicts the birth of Jesus under...
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President Donald Trump with his son Barron Trump gestures as they leave the White House, Friday, July 20, 2019, in Washington, on their way to Andrews Air Force Base, Md, where the president will sign the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2020. The first family will then fly to Florida and spend their holiday vacation at his Mar-a-Lago estate in Palm Beach, Fla. Following them on the left is Melania Trump's mother Amalija Knavs. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)
December 20, 2019 - 10:38 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump escaped the chill of Washington and his impeachment on Friday to celebrate Christmas and New Year's in sunny Florida with family and friends. One thing he isn't celebrating is the delay in his Senate impeachment trial. It's got him “mad as hell,” according...
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City workers and police stand outside the Joycelyn V. Johnson Municipal Services Center after reports of gunshots in Winston-Salem, N.C. early Friday, Dec. 20, 2019. Winston- Salem Police are confirming there was a shooting but are not saying at this time if there are any injuries or deaths. (Walt Unks/Winston-Salem Journal via AP)
December 20, 2019 - 7:32 pm
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (AP) — A deadly shooting at a city building in Winston-Salem, North Carolina was an act of “workplace violence" by one city employee who targeted a co-worker he'd disliked for a long time, police said Friday. Winston-Salem Police Chief Catrina Thompson told news reporters the...
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In this photo taken Monday, Dec. 16, 2019, members of the Notre Dame cathedral choir sing during a rehearsal at the Saint Sulpice church in Paris. Notre Dame Cathedral kept holding services during two world wars as a beacon of hope amid bloodshed and fear. It took a fire in peacetime to finally stop Notre Dame from celebrating Christmas Mass for the first time in more than two centuries. (AP Photo/Michel Euler)
December 20, 2019 - 1:36 pm
PARIS (AP) — Notre Dame kept Christmas going even during two world wars — a beacon of hope amid the bloodshed. Yet an accidental fire in peacetime finally stopped the Paris cathedral from celebrating Midnight Mass this year, for the first time in over two centuries. As the lights stay dim in the...
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