Latest Holidays News

Polish parliament meets for 1st time since election

Nov. 12, 2019 1:17 PM EST

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Poland's president laid out his vision for a tolerant nation rooted in Christian traditions and appealed Tuesday for an end to political conflict as he inaugurated a new four-year term in the country's parliament. Andrzej Duda paid homage to Poland's tradition of being a land of...

A present for the earth? How to cut holiday waste

Nov. 12, 2019 10:02 AM EST

While the holiday season is a time of giving and thoughtfulness, it can also be a time of excess and waste. Americans throw away 25 percent more trash than usual between Thanksgiving and New Year's — about a million extra tons of garbage each week, according to the National Environmental Education...

From kitchen tools to books, gifts for young chefs

Nov. 12, 2019 9:05 AM EST

Do you have a kid in your life who loves a good baking session? Who really wants to use your chef's knife? Who is addicted to the TV show MasterChef Junior, and who uses words like "umami" in regular conversation? There are many terrific gifts to encourage the fledgling cooks in our lives. COOKING KITS An...

Glam holiday décor that gets the party started

Nov. 12, 2019 9:02 AM EST

Had enough of all that serene winter wonderland decor, the birch trees and reindeer and sleighs? Ready to change it up this year and boogie down? Then consider digging out the legwarmers and Donna Summer CDs before you start decorating. British retailer John Lewis , known for Christmas décor and evocative...

Count community theater among holiday traditions for many

Nov. 12, 2019 9:00 AM EST

The Railsback family in North Carolina enjoys lots of conventional holiday festivities — get-togethers, special meals, exchanging gifts. But for the last several years, they have added another tradition that illustrates the meaning of the season for them: performing in the High Point Community Theatre's "A...

Rainsy: EU trade move to bolster bid for Cambodian democracy

Nov. 12, 2019 6:53 AM EST

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Exiled Cambodian opposition leader Sam Rainsy said Tuesday the European Union's assessment of whether to suspend trade privileges for his country will add momentum to efforts to restore democracy despite a government crackdown. The EU finalized a preliminary report Tuesday...

Spurs retire Parkers' jersey in emotional ceremony

Nov. 12, 2019 12:57 AM EST

SAN ANTONIO (AP) — Boris Diaw was rightly concerned about the well-being of a scrawny 19-year-old kid moving to a new country and attempting to compete against the game's best in the NBA. One odd Christmas dinner that turned into an impromptu film session helped Diaw realize his friend and French teammate,...

In Poland, thousands join nationalist Independence Day march

Nov. 11, 2019 1:17 PM EST

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Tens of thousands of Poles joined on Monday in a yearly Independence Day march organized by nationalist groups, an event that has grown over the past decade as the far right across Europe has strengthened and gained a degree of social acceptance. Participants burned flares and shot...

The ideal wine for Thanksgiving dinner? It's complicated

Nov. 11, 2019 9:00 AM EST

For many of us who love to cook and host on Thanksgiving, one central mystery remains: What to pour? Before I turn to the experts, I'll offer up three things I do know about wine on this holiday: 1. You don't want to run out. 2. Opinions vary on what tastes delicious. 3. Do not make yourself crazy by trying to...

Cambodian court eases detention of top opposition figure

Nov. 10, 2019 11:45 PM EST

PHNOM PENH, Cambodia (AP) — A Cambodian court has lifted some restrictions on detained opposition leader Kem Sokha, essentially freeing him from house arrest and taking some of the spotlight off his exiled colleague who is attempting to return to the country. Sam Rainsy, the co-founder with Kem Sokha of...