Christmas

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

Stores open for 100 hours to attract shoppers

NEW YORK (AP) — Some stores are ending the holiday shopping season the same way they began it — with round-the-clock, marathon shopping hours. Kohl’s for the first time is staying open for essentially five […]

12/20/2013

This is a Weather Underground forecast for Saturday, Dec. 21, 2013, for the U.S. (AP Photo/Weather Underground)

Foul weather threatens to snarl US holiday travel

ST. LOUIS (AP) — A stew of foul weather, ranging from freezing rain and snow in the Midwest to thunderstorms and possible tornadoes in the South, is arriving just in time for one of the […]

12/20/2013

Target shopping baskets (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast, File)

Answers to questions about the Target data breach

NEW YORK (AP) — With less than a week until Christmas, a real-life Grinch has stolen the credit and debit card information of about 40 million Target shoppers. Target says anyone who made purchases by […]

12/19/2013

Banana Republic’'s Fair Isle Faux-Fur Neckwarmer. (AP Photo/Banana Republic)

Vegan leather, faux fur are hot holiday gifts

ATLANTA (AP) — Finding a knockoff version of the fur you want under the Christmas tree would ordinarily be a disappointment. Not this year. Faux is the new black this season for holiday gifts. But […]

12/19/2013

Cecil Williams pets his guide dog Orlando in his hospital bed following a fall onto subway tracks from the platform, Dec. 17, 2013, in New York. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)

Funds to allow blind NYer to keep aging guide dog

  NEW YORK (AP) — Enough donations have been raised to allow a blind man to keep the aging guide dog that went onto the subway tracks with him when the man lost consciousness and […]

12/19/2013

Lucille Ball, center, dressed as Santa Claus in a colorized "I Love Lucy Christmas Special." (AP Photo/CBS)

Lucie Arnaz recalls Christmas with Lucy, Desi

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Lucille Ball’s classic antics are colorized in an “I Love Lucy” holiday special airing on CBS. But daughter Lucie Arnaz’s vivid family Christmas memories don’t require any embellishment to shine. Arnaz […]

12/18/2013

Actor Brady White portrays Santa Claus as he looks at a 25-carat rough Forevermark diamond  offered in the Neiman Marcus Christmas Book, Oct. 8, 2013, in Dallas.  (AP Photo/LM Otero)

Christmas is more cultural than religious for many

NEW YORK (AP) — For a number of Americans, Christmas has largely lost its religious meaning, becoming an occasion focused instead on visiting family and friends and exchanging gifts, according to a new survey released […]

12/18/2013

Ann Pearson looks into adopting a dog at the OC Animal Care shelter in Orange, Calif., on Dec. 17, 2013. (AP Photo/Nick Ut)

Study backs pets as presents, but holdouts remain

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Giving a puppy or kitten to the pet lover on your list is a gift idea animal activists have long warned people to avoid. But a national animal welfare group says […]

12/18/2013

A roadside Santa Claus in Lake George, N.Y. (AP Photo/Mike Groll)

NY mock trial for ‘The Night Before Christmas’

TROY, N.Y. (AP) — It’s a controversy whose roots trace back nearly two centuries to a holiday poem first published in an upstate New York newspaper: Who really wrote “A Visit from St. Nicholas”? This […]

12/17/2013

This photo provided by Wayne County shows Jerrod Metsker, 24, of Green Township, Ohio. Metsker, 24, was scheduled to appear Monday morning, Dec. 16, 2013 in the Wayne County Court of Common Pleas on an aggravated murder charge in the death of 9-year-old Reann Murphy, who authorities said was his neighbor. (AP Photo/Wayne County via Akron Beacon Journal)

Neighbor of slain Ohio girl, 9, held on $1M bond

WOOSTER, Ohio (AP) — An Ohio man who authorities believe killed a 9-year-old neighbor and dumped her body in a trash bin was ordered held on $1 million bond Monday pending another hearing next week. […]

12/16/2013

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Astronaut may get Christmas wish for spacewalk

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — Space station astronaut Rick Mastracchio may get his Christmas wish for a spacewalk or two because of a broken cooling system. Mastracchio, an experienced spacewalker, said he’s more than ready […]

12/13/2013

In this courtroom drawing, Frank DiPascali, a longtime employee of Bernard Madoff, takes the stand in Manhattan Federal Court on Monday, Dec. 2, 2013, in New York. (AP Photo/Elizabeth Williams)

Witness on day of 2008 arrest: ‘Madoff Implodes’

NEW YORK (AP) — Bernard Madoff’s former right-hand man summed up his boss’ arrest exactly five years ago with two words: “Madoff Implodes.” The words in Frank DiPascali’s diary entry for Dec. 11, 2008, were […]

12/11/2013

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