Latest Christmas News

Garbage and recyclables pile up as omicron takes its toll

Jan. 14, 2022 18:48 PM EST

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The omicron variant is sickening so many sanitation workers around the U.S. that some cities have had to delay or suspend garbage or recycling pickup, angering residents shocked that governments can’t perform this most basic of functions. The slowdowns...

Christmas tree behind fire that killed 12, officials confirm

Jan. 12, 2022 14:48 PM EST

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A Christmas tree fire caused the blaze that killed 12 relatives in a Philadelphia rowhome duplex, investigators confirmed Tuesday as they identified victims and announced preliminary findings, but stopped short of officially saying a 5-year-old boy playing with a lighter was...

Girl fatally struck by police vehicle was headed to store

Jan. 12, 2022 11:27 AM EST

RED OAK, Iowa (AP) — A 12-year-old Iowa girl who was struck and killed by a police vehicle that was headed to an apartment fire had been on her way to a grocery store to buy snacks with a gift card she got for Christmas, her older sister said. Gracie Redd, 15, described Vana Marie...

'Reef Rodeo'; Unused Christmas tree giveaway at lake

Jan. 09, 2022 11:19 AM EST

HOMER, La. (AP) — Christmas trees that went unsold will be given to anglers to sink at their favorite fishing spots in a north Louisiana lake to attract fish. The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries said it has obtained more than 200 trees from local vendors. It also...

Police officer in Louisiana made a holiday wish come true

Jan. 09, 2022 00:08 AM EST

LAKE CHARLES, La. (AP) — Lake Charles Police Department Cpl. Bret Dommert made a special Christmas wish come true recently when he reunited with one of his biggest fans, and was reminded of the reason he proudly protects and serves his community. “There are really good people in...

SLU collecting used Christmas trees to enhance wetlands

Jan. 08, 2022 10:38 AM EST

HAMMOND, La. (AP) — Although Christmas has come and gone, Southeastern Louisiana University said area residents still have time to give a gift to the environment. The university will be collecting discarded Christmas trees again this year to benefit the state's wetlands. It's the...

Rockingham-Harrisonburg SPCA wins tree decorating contest

Jan. 08, 2022 09:03 AM EST

HARRISONBURG, Va. (AP) — The Rockingham-Harrisonburg SPCA barked up the right tree this year. Christmas tree, that is. The local animal shelter decorated a Christmas tree for an annual contest at Hotel Madison & Shenandoah Valley Conference Center. ...

'I can feel it': Djokovic sends thanks for the support

Jan. 07, 2022 16:47 PM EST

The top men's tennis player in the world, Novak Djokovic, spent Orthodox Christmas in an immigration detention hotel in Australia on Friday as he sought to fend off deportation over the country's COVID-19 rules and compete in the Australian Open. Djokovic received calls from his...

Ethiopia grants amnesty to high-profile political detainees

Jan. 07, 2022 16:13 PM EST

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — Ethiopia’s government on Friday announced an amnesty for some of the country’s most high-profile political detainees, including opposition figure Jawar Mohammed and senior Tigray party officials, as Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed spoke of reconciliation for Orthodox...

Orthodox Christians observe Christmas amid virus concerns

Jan. 07, 2022 08:20 AM EST

MOSCOW (AP) — Orthodox Christians in Russia, Serbia and other countries observed Christmas on Friday amid restrictions aimed at dampening the spread of the coronavirus, but few worshipers appeared concerned as they streamed into churches on Christmas Eve. The majority of Orthodox...