Christmas typhoon leaves 28 dead, 12 missing in Philippines

Asia & Pacific 12/26/19, 16:09

A strong typhoon that barreled through the central Philippines left at least 28 dead and 12 missing, and forced thousands to flee their homes, devastating Christmas celebrations in the predominantly Roman Catholic country. Typhoon Phanfone stranded many people in sea and airports at the peak of holiday travel, set off landslides, ...

What is Boxing Day? How the holiday got its name

Europe 12/26/19, 01:04

In Britain and other countries like Australia and Canada, the day after Christmas is a secular national holiday known as Boxing Day. Here’s a brief look at some theories about how the holiday got its name and how people celebrate it: NO NEED FOR BOXING GLOVES While no one seems to know ...

Melania Trump befriends 18-year-old former leukemia patient

Entertainment 12/06/19, 12:26

The first time Caoilinn McLane met Melania Trump she had no idea it wouldn't be the last time. Fighting leukemia from her bed at Children's National Hospital, Caoilinn McLane, then 15, met the first lady in 2017. Mrs. Trump had quietly visited the hospital to help with preparations for a “healing” ...

Wintry weather bedevils holiday weekend travelers around US

U.S. 11/30/19, 13:56

Wintry weather bedeviled Thanksgiving weekend travelers across the United States Saturday as a powerful and dangerous storm moved eastward, dumping heavy snow from parts of California to the northern Midwest and inundating other areas with rain. Authorities found the bodies of two young children, including a 5-year-old boy, and a third ...

Melania Trump receives official White House Christmas tree

U.S. 11/25/19, 09:47

Melania Trump opened the holiday season in the nation’s capital Monday, Nov. 25, by accepting delivery of the official White House Christmas tree. Members of the U.S. Marine Band played “O Christmas Tree” as a pair of horses named Cash and Ben trotted up the White House driveway pulling a green ...

Report: Nike pulls flag sneaker after Kaepernick complaint

U.S. 07/02/19, 10:12

Nike is pulling a flag-themed tennis shoe after former NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick complained to the shoemaker, according to the Wall Street Journal. The shoe's heel has a U.S. flag with 13 white stars in a circle on it, known as the Betsy Ross flag. Citing unnamed sources familiar with the ...

President Trump to honor US military during Fourth of July address

Politics 06/19/19, 12:06

President Donald Trump's participation in the nation's annual Fourth of July celebration will include a Trump speech honoring America's armed forces, along with music, military demonstrations and flyovers, the administration announced Wednesday, about two weeks before the patriotic holiday. Interior Secretary David Bernhardt said Wednesday that Trump will use the speech, ...

Explains: Juneteenth celebrates end of slavery in the US

U.S. 06/14/19, 14:18

A holiday that is spreading across the U.S. and beyond, Juneteenth is considered the oldest known celebration commemorating the ending of slavery in the United States.It was originally celebrated on June 19, the day that Union soldiers in 1865 told enslaved African Americans in Galveston, Texas, that the Civil War ...

After shark attacks, is Cape Cod ready for tourist season?

U.S. 05/24/19, 05:25

As Cape Cod's tourist season gets underway, there's uncertainty after two shark attacks — including Massachusetts' first fatal attack since 1936 — rattled beachgoers last year and sparked a still unresolved debate about how the vacation destination should respond.Among the questions on many minds this Memorial Day holiday weekend: Will ...

President Trump visits Arlington National Cemetery before Memorial Day

Politics 05/23/19, 14:16

President Donald Trump paid his respects Thursday to those who died in service to the United States by placing American flags at several gravesites during an early Memorial Day visit to Arlington National Cemetery. Trump and his wife, first lady Melania Trump, participated in a decades-old tradition known as "flags in." Every ...

California governor creates panel to study future of work

U.S. 05/01/19, 19:39

California Gov. Gavin Newsom is changing lightbulbs, paper towel dispensaries and raking outside in honor of May Day, an international holiday celebrating labor and the working class.Newsom on Wednesday joined custodial staff at American River College in Sacramento.The Democrat says California must prioritize workers as its economy grows.Gov. Gavin Newsom ...

Summer Movie Preview: Horror takes a holiday

Entertainment 05/01/19, 16:09

Jim Jarmusch didn't have to look far for zombies."I see a lot of soulless ghouls on the streets at night walking along staring into their phone and they don't even know they're in the world anymore," says the director. "Sometimes I just want to shove them out of the way ...

Maine latest to ditch Columbus Day, honor Native Americans

U.S. 04/26/19, 17:18

Maine joined a small but growing number of states on Friday that have renamed Columbus Day to honor indigenous people as part of a movement to recognize the dark side of colonialism in the Americas.Several cities and a handful of states have made some move to celebrate Native Americans on ...

Rabbis: ‘Not kosher’ to patron grocery store during strike

U.S. 04/18/19, 15:33

As thousands of Stop & Shop workers remain on strike in New England, some Jewish families are preparing for Passover without the region's largest supermarket chain, which has deep roots in the local Jewish community.A number of rabbis in Massachusetts, Connecticut and Rhode Island have been advising their congregations not ...

Space station shipment launched from Virginia seashore

Science 04/17/19, 15:47

A fresh grocery shipment is on its way to the International Space Station after launching from Virginia.Northrop Grumman's Antares rocket blasted off Wednesday from Wallops Island. The company's Cygnus capsule should arrive at the space station Friday, just in time for Easter.While there's no Easter ham or lamb, NASA says ...

NASCAR shuffles 2020 schedule to freshen stagnant schedule

Sports 03/26/19, 16:34

NASCAR made the first significant changes to its schedule in years by shuffling the 2020 season into a freshened new sequence that tries to meet the wants of fans to the best of NASCAR's current ability."The fans and the industry as a whole have been vocal about the desire for ...

Irish star Conlan wins again on St. Patrick’s Day in NY

Basketball 03/17/19, 20:45

The party starts long before the fight when Michael Conlan comes to New York on St. Patrick's Day.But in the midst of his latest victory celebration at Madison Square Garden, Conlan was thinking about a loss.He wants revenge for a defeat while an amateur, and the way he looked Sunday, ...

President Trump attends church service on St. Patrick’s Day

Politics 03/17/19, 14:27

President Donald Trump spent St. Patrick's Day morning worshipping at the "Church of the Presidents" near the White House. Trump and his wife, first lady Melania Trump, joined parishioners for Sunday's 11 a.m. service at St. John's Church, a historic yellow church across from the White House and Lafayette Park. Every ...

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