Latest New Year's Day News

Members of the Froggy Carr club march during the Mummers Parade in Philadelphia, on Wednesday, Jan. 1, 2020.   Mayor Jim Kenney is sharply criticizing two men who wore blackface while marching in the city's annual New Year's Day parade. The group the men apparently were affiliated with was disqualified from the parade and may face additional penalties. (David Maialetti/The Philadelphia Inquirer via AP)

Mayor: Mummers Parade 'in jeopardy' for repeated blackface

Jan. 23, 2020 6:32 PM EST

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney warned residents he will end the city's annual Mummers Parade if organizers don't curtail participants' inappropriate behavior, including blackface. The mayor sent a letter to the organizers of the four Mummers divisions and requested they meet with...

Florida could change fireworks law that's now for the birds

Jan. 15, 2020 12:50 PM EST

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Floridians would no longer have to lie about buying fireworks to scare birds away from their crops when they celebrate the Fourth of July and New Year's under a bill approved by a Senate committee Wednesday. Fireworks that explode or fire off into the air are illegal in Florida...

Twins born in Indiana have birthdays in different decades

Jan. 5, 2020 2:45 PM EST

CARMEL, Ind. (AP) — Twins siblings born in an Indiana hospital around the New Years holiday have birthdays in different decades. Dawn Gilliam delivered one baby, Joslyn, at 11:37 p.m. on Dec. 31, 2019, and a second baby, Jaxon, 30 minutes later at 12:07 a.m. on January 1, 2020. “We're kind of...

Minnesota couple celebrates twins born in different decades

Jan. 4, 2020 1:22 PM EST

COLOGNE, Minn. (AP) — A Minnesota couple is celebrating the birth of twins born in different decades. Melissa and Ben Mase became parents to George and Remi on New Year's Eve and New Year's Day, respectively, the Star Tribune reported Saturday. George was born at 11:44 p.m. on Tuesday, while Remi arrived...

Early data: 4 deaths on Ohio roads over holiday period

Jan. 3, 2020 2:20 AM EST

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Preliminary data shows four deaths on Ohio roads over the two-day 2019-2020 holiday period that included New Year's Eve and New Year's Day, the State Highway Patrol reported. The most recent two-day reporting period began at midnight Tuesday, December 31, 2019, and ran through 11:59...

FILE - In this Feb. 21, 2016, file photo, more than 50,000 fans watch the Minnesota Wild play the Chicago Blackhawks at TCF Bank Stadium during the NHL Stadium Series hockey game, in Minneapolis. The Minnesota Wild, after years of lobbying the league, will finally host the NHL's signature regular season event next year. The 2021 Winter Classic will coincide with the franchise's 20th anniversary season. (AP Photo/Craig Lassig, File)

Finally, Wild relish chance to host Winter Classic

Jan. 2, 2020 6:20 PM EST

ST. LOUIS PARK, Minn. (AP) — The day after the Minnesota Wild were officially awarded the NHL's next Winter Classic, they fittingly had practice scheduled for one of the area's many outdoor rinks. Eager to serve as a first-time participant in the 2021 edition of the league's signature regular season event...

Members of the Froggy Carr club march during the Mummers Parade in Philadelphia, on Wednesday, Jan. 1, 2020.   Mayor Jim Kenney is sharply criticizing two men who wore blackface while marching in the city's annual New Year's Day parade. The group the men apparently were affiliated with was disqualified from the parade and may face additional penalties. (David Maialetti/The Philadelphia Inquirer via AP)

Blackface again mars Philadelphia's troubled New Year parade

Jan. 2, 2020 3:46 PM EST

The mayor of Philadelphia sharply criticized two men who wore blackface while marching in the city's annual — and often racially troubling — New Year's Day Mummers Parade, calling their actions “abhorrent and unacceptable.” The group the men apparently were affiliated with, the Froggy...

New Jersey State Police officers stand guard in front of MetLife Stadium Wednesday, Jan. 1, 2020, in East Rutherford, N.J., at an event called Siyum HaShas, that celebrates the completion of the reading of the Babylonian Talmud, a process that takes 7 1/2 years The large gathering of Jews drew a significant security presence after recent anti-Semitic attacks in the New York City area. (AP Photo/Ted Shaffrey)

Security tight, Jews gather at stadium for religious event

Jan. 2, 2020 1:41 AM EST

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) — Tens of thousands of Jewish people congregated Wednesday at MetLife Stadium in New Jersey to celebrate the reading of the entire Talmud in an event called Siyum HaShas — and drew a heavy security presence after recent anti-Semitic attacks in the area. The New Year's Day...

The Shriners Hospitals for Children float rides the 131st Rose Parade route in Pasadena, Calif., Wednesday, Jan. 1, 2020. The theme of this year's parade is

Floats, marching bands hit the streets for 131st Rose Parade

Jan. 1, 2020 5:10 PM EST

PASADENA, Calif. (AP) — After a flyover by a B-2 stealth bomber, marching bands and floral floats took to the streets under mostly sunny California skies as the 131st Rose Parade drew hundreds of thousands of spectators on New Year's Day. Among the fanciful floats was an award-winning entry from the...

Improper disposal of used fireworks in La leads to fire

Jan. 1, 2020 4:57 PM EST

SCOTT, La. (AP) — The improper disposal of fireworks led to a New Year's Day house fire in Scott, officials said. First responders were called to a home shortly after midnight, Wednesday., KATC-TV reported. Fire and smoke were coming from the home's roof by the time firefighters arrived, they made their...