Latest Holidays News

Massachusetts man gets life sentence for killing mother

Feb. 18, 2020 4:17 PM EST

WORCESTER, Mass. (AP) — A Massachusetts man who pleaded guilty Tuesday to killing his mother and leaving her body under the family Christmas tree has been sentenced to life in prison. John Madulka, 28, of Worcester had been scheduled for a jury trial on a first-degree murder charge in the beating and...

This Feb. 4, 2020 photo taken in Hopkinton, N.H., shows three pairs of handmade mittens, each constructed from sweaters using slightly different techniques. If winter is lasting longer than the groundhog predicted where you live, consider restocking your mitten supply and clearing out your closet at the same time. Instead of tossing stained or accidentally shrunken sweaters, turn them into cozy mittens. (AP Photo/Holly Ramer)

Crafts: Turn stained, shrunken sweaters into cozy mittens

Feb. 18, 2020 11:45 AM EST

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — A certain groundhog’s prediction notwithstanding, there’s plenty of winter left where I live in New Hampshire. That means it’s time to restock my supply of mittens, an alarming number of which seem to disappeared since the temperature started to dip last fall. ...

Child given doll with noose at Mississippi Mardi Gras parade

Feb. 17, 2020 5:17 PM EST

BILOXI, Miss. (AP) — A 12-year-old-girl received a black doll with beads forming a noose around its neck at a Mississippi Gulf Coast Mardi Gras parade, and officials said Monday that police were investigating the incident as a hate crime. Nicole Fairconeture of Pass Christian said she and her family were...

This Feb. 15, 2020 photo courtesy of the Center for Great Apes shows an orangutan named Sandra in Wauchula, Fla. Sandra, who was granted legal personhood by a judge in Argentina and later found a new home in Florida, celebrated her 34th birthday on Valentine's Day with a special new primate friend. Patti Ragan, director of the Center for Great Apes says Sandra has “has adjusted beautifully to her life at the sanctuary” and has befriended Jethro, a 31-year-old male orangutan. (The Center for Great Apes via AP)

Orangutan granted 'personhood' turns 34, makes new friend

Feb. 16, 2020 1:00 PM EST

WAUCHULA, Fla. (AP) — A orangutan named Sandra, who was granted legal personhood by a judge in Argentina and later found a new home in Florida, celebrated her 34th birthday on Valentine's Day with a special new primate friend. Patti Ragan, director of the Center for Great Apes in Wauchula, Florida, says...

Idaho cowboy ranches diverse herd: Horses, cows and camels

Feb. 16, 2020 3:11 AM EST

UCON, Idaho (AP) — Jeral Williams is a cowboy. He has 200 cows on his property near Ucon that he tends, several head of bison, six horses, two mules and a donkey. He wears a cowboy hat and sports a large mustache that ends with perfectly waxed round rings at the edges of his mouth the size of silver...

Los Angeles teen dies in Valentine's Day party shooting

Feb. 15, 2020 6:50 PM EST

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A 17-year-old boy was fatally shot and two others were wounded at a Valentine's Day party in the San Fernando Valley. Los Angeles police say the suspect, who is male, got into an altercation with the victim and pulled out a handgun and shot him multiple times. Police say the suspect...

Irish Festival a prelude to St. Patrick's Day in Savannah

Feb. 15, 2020 10:33 AM EST

SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) — A celebration in Savannah this weekend signals that the city's most popular holiday is drawing near. The Savannah Irish Festival is celebrating its 28th year in Georgia's oldest city this weekend. The festival arrives a month before the city's popular St. Patrick's Day parade....

Mardi Gras parades to role, minus fire trucks, amid dispute

Feb. 14, 2020 5:23 PM EST

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Fire trucks traditionally bring up the rear of Mardi Gras parades in New Orleans — but not this year. As the city's Carnival season kicks into high gear, city officials said fire trucks won't be rolling behind parades. The first of the major parades, with marching bands and...

Manager Chen Tiantian, left, hands a takeaway order to a delivery driver at a Moka Bros cafe in Beijing, Friday, Feb. 14, 2020. For Valentine's Day Moka Bros, a health food eatery in Beijing, offered a special that included both a rose and a note logging the temperature of the chef that made the meal. Like many businesses in China, the restaurant has struggled to cope with the impact of a virus that has infected tens of thousands of people worldwide and sent several cities into lockdown. (AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein)

With virus, shops in China suffer a star-crossed Valentines

Feb. 14, 2020 8:43 AM EST

BEIJING (AP) — In virus-stricken China, couples can celebrate Valentine's Day with a roast beef salad, hot chocolate, a rose and a note, all delivered to their door. The note, scrawled on the front of their sealed order, states the body temperature of the chef who made it. Moka Bros, a health food eatery...

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Review: 'The Photograph' develops nicely into a fine film

Feb. 13, 2020 12:53 PM EST

This Valentine's Day, there's certain to be the usual flood of candy and flowers. But at your local movie theater, there's something increasingly rare: A soulful and adult romantic drama in “The Photograph.” Issa Rae and Lakeith Stanfield star as tentative, would-be lovers in modern-day New York....