Latest Christmas News

Russia's Maria Sharapova makes a forehand return to Croatia's Donna Vekic during their first round singles match at the Australian Open tennis championship in Melbourne, Australia, Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2020. (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man)

Sharapova can't say what's next after Australian Open loss

Jan. 21, 2020 6:37 AM EST

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Her Grand Slam losing streak up to four matches, Maria Sharapova surely was aware questions about her future would be coming. She wasn't able to provide answers. Might this have been her last trip to the Australian Open, a tournament she won in 2008 as part of a career Grand...

FILE - In this Nov. 6, 2019, file photo, U.S. Ambassador to Seoul Harry Harris pose for photos during their meeting at the Foreign Ministry in Seoul, South Korea. Harris on Thursday, Jan. 16, 2020, says he was surprised and pleased that North Korea did not give the U.S. an unwelcome “Christmas gift” because of stalled nuclear disarmament talks, and that President Donald Trump is still confident it will denuclearize. (Heo Ran/Pool Photo via AP, File)

US envoy surprised that NKorea didn't give 'Christmas gift'

Jan. 16, 2020 5:54 AM EST

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — The U.S. ambassador to South Korea said Thursday he was surprised and pleased that North Korea did not give the U.S. an unwelcome “Christmas gift” because of stalled nuclear disarmament talks, and that President Donald Trump is still confident it will denuclearize....

No charges for shooter who killed man at Christmas party

Jan. 15, 2020 6:22 PM EST

LEXINGTON, S.C. (AP) — A man who fatally shot another man at a company Christmas party won't face criminal charges because he acted in self-defense, authorities in South Carolina said Wednesday. Lexington police told news outlets that no charges will be filed against Glenn Wilbur Rowe Jr., 46, in the...

Norwich to celebrate birthdate of Benedict Arnold

Jan. 13, 2020 3:49 PM EST

NORWICH, Ct. (AP) — A Connecticut city will mark the birthdate of the nations most famous traitor, Benedict Arnold, by turning off the Christmas lights at City Hall on Tuesday. Regan Miner, the executive director of the Norwich Historical Society, said the event will serve as a “tongue-in-cheek way"...

2 stabbed at Christmas tree burning event in Fountain Hills

Jan. 12, 2020 4:37 PM EST

FOUNTAIN HILLS, Ariz. (AP) — Authorities say two men have been taken to the hospital after a stabbing at a Christmas tree burning event near Fountain Hills. Rural Metro Fire officials say a group was having a Christmas tree burning event in the area of Bush Highway and State Route 87 when a fight broke out...

Vidalia family enjoys living in house fit for a mouse

Jan. 12, 2020 12:02 AM EST

VIDALIA, Miss. (AP) — Just looking at Charlette Waston’s Peach Street home from the outside, one would never know that a child’s dream house is just inside. When The Dart landed in Watson’s neighborhood, she was just finishing a bit of yard work, blowing the leaves away from around a...

In this Monday, Jan. 6, 2020, photo, Blake Weis stands in his bedroom that was destroyed by fire on New Year's Eve in Boynton Beach, Fla. Weis, a senior at Dreyfoos School of Arts, lost his art portfolio in the fire that he was going to apply to art school with soon. Now, he is days away from college deadlines and unsure about his future. (Greg Lovett/Palm Beach Post via AP)

Dreyfoos senior loses artwork in New Year’s Eve house fire

Jan. 11, 2020 3:01 AM EST

BOYNTON BEACH, Fla. (AP) — The artist in Blake Weis saw a wisp of Christmas amid the ashes of his family’s Boynton Beach home Monday (Jan. 6). The 18-year-old used a red rake to unwrap his burnt belongings from the blanket of black soot that clung to them like foil paper. Hidden in the wreckage of...

Christmas ransomware attack hit New York airport servers

Jan. 10, 2020 11:48 AM EST

COLONIE, N.Y. (AP) — An upstate New York airport and its computer management provider were attacked by ransomware over Christmas, officials said. Officials at the Albany County Airport Authority announced Thursday that the attack came to light after Schenectady-based LogicalNet reported its own management...

In this recent photo, motorists are directed as they ferry Christmas trees to be donated at Island Beach State Park near Seaside Park, N.J. The state's Department of Environmental Protection exceeded their original goal to collect 200 Christmas trees over the weekend when over 2,000 were donated. The trees are used to to reinforce sand dunes. (James Douglas/New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection via AP)

Over 2,000 Christmas trees donated to repair sand dunes

Jan. 7, 2020 6:34 PM EST

SEASIDE PARK, N.J. (AP) — Over 2,000 discarded Christmas trees were donated to New Jersey environmental officials to reinforce sand dunes at Island Beach State Park. The state's Department of Environmental Protection posted on Twitter Monday to say the response from the public far exceeded their original...

Serbian Orthodox Church believers watch a ceremonial burning of dried oak branches, the Yule log symbol for the Orthodox Christmas Eve in Cetinje, some 30 km south of Podgorica, Montenegro, Monday, Jan. 6, 2020. Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic canceled a private visit to Montenegro he'd planned amid a row between the two former Balkan allies over a new law that Serbs say discriminates against the Serbian Orthodox Church. (AP Photo/Risto Bozovic)

Orthodox church tensions in Montenegro on Christmas Eve

Jan. 6, 2020 1:06 PM EST

PODGORICA, Montenegro (AP) — Dozens of police on Monday were deployed in Montenegro for Orthodox Christmas Eve celebrations being held amid heightened tensions over a religious rights law opposed by the Serbian church in the small Balkan country. In the historic capital of Cetinje, police separated...