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Wisconsin Assembly votes to recognize tree, Bible week

Nov. 12, 2019 6:43 PM EST

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Republicans who lead the Wisconsin Assembly voted Tuesday to call the state Capitol evergreen a Christmas tree and formally recognize National Bible Week, moves they said were necessary to ensure Christianity isn't marginalized as the holidays approach. The 64-30 vote on naming the...

77-foot tree installed at New York City's Rockefeller Center

Nov. 9, 2019 1:44 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — A Norway spruce that was purchased as a sapling 60 years ago has been installed at New York City's Rockefeller Center as the anchor of the upcoming Christmas festivities. The 77-foot (23.5-meter) tree from the village of Florida, New York, was lifted into place Saturday. Carol Schultz...

Wisconsin governor returns 'holiday tree' name to evergreen

Nov. 8, 2019 4:45 PM EST

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers has gone back to calling the evergreen on display at the state Capitol a holiday tree, reversing his predecessor who declared it a Christmas tree. The state Department of Administration places a huge evergreen in the Capitol rotunda every year ahead of...

The Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree has been harvested

Nov. 7, 2019 1:45 PM EST

FLORIDA, N.Y. (AP) — A Norway spruce that years ago was displayed on its owner's coffee table will soon rise in a much grander setting: the middle of Rockefeller Center. Carol Schultz bought the sapling for the 1959 Christmas season. After displaying it in her home in the village of Florida, New York, she...

New Mexico spruce begins journey to be 2019 Christmas tree

Nov. 6, 2019 6:52 PM EST

RED RIVER, N.M. (AP) — A 60-foot (18-meter) blue spruce was cut down Wednesday during a ceremony in a forested canyon in northern New Mexico, starting a 2½-week journey that will take it to the U.S. Capitol to be this year's Christmas tree. A sawyer used a chain saw to sever the trunk, which one of...

Safety questions still swirl in Paradise year after wildfire

Nov. 6, 2019 5:58 PM EST

PARADISE, Calif. (AP) — There was "no way in hell" Victoria Sinclaire was rebuilding in Paradise. She'd thought she was going to die during the six hours it took her to escape the deadliest and most destructive wildfire in California history. Sinclaire and tens of thousands of others in nearby communities...

Safety questions still swirl in Paradise year after wildfire

Nov. 6, 2019 5:31 PM EST

PARADISE, Calif. (AP) — There was "no way in hell" Victoria Sinclaire was rebuilding in Paradise. She'd thought she was going to die during the six hours it took her to escape the deadliest and most destructive wildfire in California history. The town where she'd raised her family was nearly wiped out, two...

High-tech chestnuts: US to consider genetically altered tree

Nov. 6, 2019 4:22 PM EST

SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) — Chestnuts harvested from high branches on a chilly fall morning look typical: they're marble sized, russet colored and nestled in prickly burs. But many are like no other nuts in nature. In a feat of genetic engineering, about half the chestnuts collected at this college experiment...

Simple can be gorgeous when setting a holiday table

Nov. 6, 2019 10:27 AM EST

Setting a gorgeous table for a holiday meal doesn't have to be expensive or difficult, says interior designer Elizabeth Stuart. Sometimes, a simple design using just a few plants and candles can be more beautiful than an intricate display. "There are no rules," says Stuart, and you can plan a table that looks...

Storms kill 2, knock out power, downs trees on East Coast

Nov. 1, 2019 9:25 PM EDT

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — Storms that began on Halloween killed at least two people, caused flooding, downed trees and power lines and damaged homes across the Northeast on Friday. By Friday afternoon, the number of people without power in the Northeast was starting to creep down, but still more than 450,000...