Christmas

Shoppers are reflected on the glass window of a PacSun store at Citadel Outlets in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong, File)

After Christmas begins before the holiday

It’s beginning to look a lot like … the day after Christmas? On the day before Christmas, retailers turned shoppers’ attention to the day after the holiday. Amazon.com already is offering “after Christmas” deals of […]

12/24/2013

Video frame grab provided by The Guardian shows whistle blower Edward Snowden. (AP Photo)

Snowden to address Brits in Christmas program

LONDON (AP) — National Security Agency leaker Edward Snowden will speak directly to Britain in a televised Christmas message, stressing the importance of privacy and urging an end to government surveillance. Snowden will be delivering […]

12/24/2013

In this Dec. 20, 2013 photo, typhoon survivor Eledio Moro stands inside his destroyed house, with a shipping vessel that remains grounded after being washed ashore during Typhoon Haiyan, seen in background,  in Tacloban, Philippines. (AP Photo/Achmad Ibrahim)

In typhoon’s wake, Christmas infused with tragedy

TACLOBAN, Philippines (AP) — Christmas lights blink in a handful of restaurants in Tacloban, but at nightfall, much of this city flattened by Typhoon Haiyan slips into darkness. A few downtown shops have reopened. Roadside […]

12/24/2013

Holiday tree fire burns home, gifts of family of 7

HEMET, Calif. (AP) — A fire that started with a Christmas tree cost a Southern California family their home, two of their three vehicles, and all of their Christmas presents, but all seven family members […]

12/24/2013

From left: Greenpeace International activists Camila Speziale of Argentina, Phiip Ball of the United Kingdom and Sini Saarela of Finland pose during their meeting with residents of St. Petersburg, Russia, Dec. 23, 2013. (AP Photo/Dmitry Lovetsky)

Russia grants Greenpeace activist amnesty

ST. PETERSBURG, Russia (AP) — One of the Greenpeace activists detained in Russia’s Arctic has been granted amnesty, the environmental group said Tuesday. The move is the latest publicity-grabbing headline to come just two months […]

12/24/2013

In this image taken from video provided by NASA, astronauts Rick Mastracchio, top, and Michael Hopkins work to repair an external cooling line on the International Space Station on Dec. 24, 2013, 260 miles above Earth. (AP Photo/NASA)

Astronauts make rare Christmas Eve spacewalk

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — Two space station astronauts ventured out on a rare Christmas Eve spacewalk Tuesday, hoping to wrap up urgent repairs to a cooling system. It was the second spacewalk in four […]

12/24/2013

Dec. 24, 2012: Lizzie Solano, center, and her sister Sarah take phone calls from children asking where Santa is and when he will deliver presents to their house, during the annual NORAD Tracks Santa Operation, at the North American Aerospace Defense Command, or NORAD, at Peterson Air Force Base, in Colorado Springs, Colo. (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley, File)

5 things to know about tracking Santa’s journey

PETERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. (AP) — For kids who can’t wait for Santa to arrive, the North American Aerospace Defense Command has a Christmas treat. Visions of sugar plums can be augmented by a […]

12/24/2013

Dec. 21, 2013: A large Christmas tree with fake snow around it, is showcased on a street in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. (AP Photo/Kamran Jebreili)

A Mideast crossroads gets the Christmas spirit

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Just days before Christmas, Ben Elliott-Scott was busy touching up the paint on a foam snowman and blasting trees with manmade flurries to turn them a wintery white. Santa […]

12/23/2013

Dec. 20, 2013: Pancho Claus, Rudy Martinez, waves to children as he visits Knowlton Elementary School, in San Antonio.(AP Photo/Eric Gay)

Pancho Claus: A Tex-Mex Santa from the South Pole

HOUSTON (AP) — He usually has black hair and a black beard, sometimes just a mustache. Like Santa, he wears a hat — though often it’s a sombrero. He dons a serape or a poncho […]

12/23/2013

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Holiday shopping guide on ‘Let’s Talk Tech’

Coming up Saturday afternoon at 5 on Let’s Talk Tech with host Christian Wheel, it’s our holiday shopping guide! With just a few days before Christmas, we’ve got the roundup of the best gifts for […]

12/21/2013

Humanoid robot Kirobo talks with Fuminori Kataoka, project general manager from Toyota Motor Corp., during a press unveiling in Tokyo.  (AP Photo/Shizuo Kambayashi, File)

Robot chats with astronaut on space station

TOKYO (AP) — The first humanoid robot in space made small talk with a Japanese astronaut and said it had no problem with zero gravity on the International Space Station. Footage released by the robot’s […]

12/20/2013

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Try the Ugly Sweater Run or ice skating in downtown

Grab your ugly Christmas Sweater and sneakers and join the Ugly Sweater Run. It encourages owners of that tacky and ubiquitous holiday statement piece — be it Bill Cosby-style, battery-operated or homemade with glue and […]

12/20/2013

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