Holidays

The setting sun illuminates clouds behind the White House during a partial federal shutdown, Saturday, Dec. 22, 2018, in Washington. The partial federal shutdown was expected to drag into Christmas as President Donald Trump and congressional leaders remained stuck in a standoff over his border wall with Mexico. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
December 22, 2018 - 6:00 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on the government shutdown (all times local): 5:40 p.m. President Donald Trump will spend Christmas in Washington due to the partial government shutdown. White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders says Trump's wife, Melania, will fly back from Florida so they...
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FILE - In this Nov. 26, 2018, file photo, topiary trees line the East colonnade during the 2018 Christmas preview at the White House in Washington. Melania Trump's cranberry topiary trees may have left some of her critics seeing red, but they turned out to be a hit this Christmas _ one of several new wrinkles the Trumps introduced this holiday season. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster, File)
December 22, 2018 - 9:15 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — Melania Trump's cranberry topiary trees may have left some of her critics seeing red, but they turned out to be a Christmas hit — one of several new ideas the Trumps introduced this holiday season. In a four-week stretch of 21 holiday parties, the president also did fewer official...
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Vice President Mike Pence, second from right, walks with incoming White House Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney, center, and White House senior adviser Jared Kushner, second from left, after meetings to pass a bill that would pay for President Donald Trump's border wall and avert a partial government shutdown, on Capitol Hill, Friday, Dec. 21, 2018 in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
December 22, 2018 - 6:33 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on efforts to avoid a government shutdown (all times local): 12:40 Democratic leaders say the government has shut down because President Donald Trump threw a "temper tantrum." Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer and House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi say Trump "has...
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December 21, 2018 - 11:01 am
GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) — Investigators say a 61-year-old Wisconsin man was arrested for tearing down a neighbor's Christmas decorations while drunk and naked. The Green Bay Gazette reports that Gregory Brannigan faces misdemeanor charges of disorderly conduct and resisting an officer. A criminal...
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FILE - In this Dec. 31, 2017 file photo, Mariah Carey performs at the New Year's Eve celebration in Times Square in New York. A poll shows more Americans are favoring Christmas carols over recent Billboard hits, while longtime classics and recent comedies are the most preferred to watch during the holiday season. A poll by The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research shows “Silent Night” as the country’s most popular, despite Mariah Carey’s “All I Want for Christmas Is You” becoming the highest-charting Billboard Hot 100 holiday hit in 60 years. (Photo by Brent N. Clarke/Invision/AP, File)
December 21, 2018 - 10:59 am
LOS ANGELES (AP) — A poll shows more Americans favor Christmas carols over recent Billboard hits, while "It's a Wonderful Life" is among the top holiday films. The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research poll shows "Silent Night" ranks as the country's most popular Christmas song,...
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December 21, 2018 - 5:43 am
HIALEAH, Fla. (AP) — When Toys R Us closed, Toys for Tots felt the loss. The toy giant's decision to close its stores this year left some huge holes for the annual charity drive to fill. Toys R Us shoppers donated more than 250,000 toys last year and the company gave $5 million in corporate...
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December 19, 2018 - 9:25 am
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — A golden ball swiped from the top of the conservatory at St. Paul's Como Park has been returned, gift wrapped in a giant Christmas stocking. Officials say someone scaled the Marjorie McNeely Conservatory over the weekend and stole the finial from atop the building's dome,...
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December 18, 2018 - 1:06 pm
HELSINKI (AP) — Travelers beware: Russian border guards are not in a Christmas mood. They demanded that a cameraman from a pro-Kremlin broadcaster explain in writing why he was filming a meeting of Jouluvana, the Estonian version of Santa Claus, and Russia's alter ego, Father Frost, on the Estonian...
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FILE - In this Aug. 30, 2016, file photo, author James Patterson poses for a portrait in New York. Patterson has renewed a most welcome holiday publishing tradition, bonuses for independent bookstore employees. The best-selling author announced Tuesday, Dec. 18, 2018, that 333 workers each will receive $750. The winners, nominated by customers and colleagues among others, are listed on the web site of the American Booksellers Association. (Photo by Taylor Jewell/Invision/AP, File)
December 18, 2018 - 8:03 am
NEW YORK (AP) — James Patterson has renewed a most welcome holiday publishing tradition — bonuses for independent bookstore employees. The best-selling author announced Tuesday that 333 workers each will receive $750. The winners, nominated by customers and colleagues among others, are listed on...
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President Donald Trump pauses in the rain among holiday wreaths at graves at Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Va., Saturday, Dec. 15, 2018, during Wreaths Across America Day. Wreaths Across America was started in 1992 at Arlington National Cemetery by Maine businessman Morrill Worcester and has expanded to hundreds of veterans' cemeteries and other locations in all 50 states and beyond. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)
December 15, 2018 - 5:03 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump made an unannounced visit to Arlington National Cemetery on Saturday for a holiday commemoration. In a steady rain, Trump visited the cemetery during an annual event in which holiday wreaths are laid to honor the sacrifices made by veterans and their...
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