Holidays

Pope Francis delivers his message during the Urbi et Orbi (Latin for 'to the city and to the world' ) Christmas' day blessing from the main balcony of St. Peter's Basilica at the Vatican, Tuesday, Dec. 25, 2018. (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino)
December 25, 2018 - 7:43 am
VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis offered a Christmas wish for fraternity among people of different nations, cultures, faiths, races or ideas, describing the world's differences as a richness, not a danger, and championing the rights of religious minorities. His plea Tuesday for stronger bonds among...
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This Dec. 20, 2018, photo shows a large bush-like structure made out of evergreens, with an interior maze, that will be set ablaze for a bonfire during a winter celebration on Saturday, Dec. 29, in Middlesex, Vt. Organizers also plan to create the world's largest s'more for the festivities. (AP Photo/Lisa Rathke)
December 25, 2018 - 6:46 am
MIDDLESEX, Vt. (AP) — One Vermont community is celebrating the holidays and the winter solstice with a massive bonfire and what they hope will be the world's largest s'more. The Winter S'morestice takes place Saturday at Camp Meade in Middlesex. A local bakery will make the 4-by-8-foot (1.2-by-2.4-...
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Pope Francis delivers his message as he celebrates the Christmas Eve Mass in St. Peter's Basilica at the Vatican, Monday, Dec. 24, 2018. (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino)
December 25, 2018 - 5:31 am
VATICAN CITY (AP) — The Latest on Pope Francis' Christmas celebrations (all times local): 12:30 p.m. Pope Francis has offered his Christmas wish for fraternity among people of different faiths, races or ideas, urging the world to put aside "partisan interests" to find a political solution to wars...
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Visitors to the National Christmas Tree on the Ellipse look at holiday decorations as National Park Service employees briefly open the venue before quickly having to close again due to electrical problems, Monday, Dec. 24, 2018, in Washington. Repairs were delayed because of a partial government shutdown. Both sides in the long-running fight over funding President Donald Trump's U.S.-Mexico border wall appear to have moved toward each other, but a shutdown of one-fourth of the federal government entered Christmas without a clear resolution in sight. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)
December 25, 2018 - 3:40 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — The lights were not twinkling. The toy trains were not whirring. Even the nearby bathrooms were locked. The national Christmas tree, symbol of a country's seasonal cheer, instead stood as an icon of a government in paralysis, as the partial shutdown stretched into the holiday with...
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President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump arrive for a Christmas Eve service at the National Cathedral, Monday, Dec. 24, 2018, in Washington. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)
December 25, 2018 - 3:28 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on President Donald Trump's Christmas activities (all times local): 10:25 p.m. President Donald Trump is attending worship services on Christmas Eve. Trump and his wife, first lady Melania Trump, arrived at Washington National Cathedral for a late service on Monday...
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Pope Francis kisses a statue of Baby Jesus as he celebrates the Christmas Eve Mass in St. Peter's Basilica at the Vatican, Monday, Dec. 24, 2018. (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino)
December 25, 2018 - 1:33 am
VATICAN CITY (AP) — The Latest on Christmas Eve observances at the Vatican (all times local): 10:05 p.m. Pope Francis is urging Christians to forgo the greed, hoarding and materialism of Christmas and to focus instead on its message of simplicity, charity and love. Francis celebrated a Christmas...
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Archbishop Pierbattista Pizzaballa, the top Roman Catholic cleric in the Holy Land, and his entourage arrive at the Church of the Nativity, traditionally recognized by Christians to be the birthplace of Jesus Christ, ahead of midnight Mass after he crossed an Israeli military checkpoint from Jerusalem, in the West Bank city of Bethlehem, Monday, Dec. 24, 2018. Palestinians are preparing to host pilgrims from around the world in celebrating Christmas in the West Bank city of Bethlehem. (AP Photo/Nasser Nasser)
December 24, 2018 - 5:06 pm
BETHLEHEM, West Bank (AP) — Pilgrims from around the world flocked to Bethlehem on Monday for what was believed to be the biblical West Bank city's largest Christmas celebrations in years. Hundreds of locals and foreign visitors milled in Manger Square as bagpipe-playing Palestinian Scouts paraded...
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Pope Francis kisses a statue of Baby Jesus as he celebrates the Christmas Eve Mass in St. Peter's Basilica at the Vatican, Monday, Dec. 24, 2018. (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino)
December 24, 2018 - 3:35 pm
VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis urged Christians on Monday to forgo the greed, gluttony and materialism of Christmas and to focus instead on its message of simplicity, charity and love. Francis celebrated a Christmas Eve Mass in St. Peter's Basilica, opening a busy week for the pope that includes...
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The setting sun illuminates clouds behind the White House during a partial federal shutdown, Saturday, Dec. 22, 2018, in Washington. The partial federal shutdown was expected to drag into Christmas as President Donald Trump and congressional leaders remained stuck in a standoff over his border wall with Mexico. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
December 23, 2018 - 4:16 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — A top White House official signaled Sunday that President Donald Trump is willing to accept less money than he's been demanding to build a U.S.-Mexico border wall, but a senior congressional Democrat said that, while their own offer could be sweetened, they still will not agree to...
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This image released by Warner Bros. Pictures shows Jason Momoa, left, and Amber Heard in a scene from "Aquaman." (Warner Bros. Pictures via AP)
December 23, 2018 - 1:41 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — In a flood of new releases, "Aquaman" easily swam past "Mary Poppins Returns" and "Bumblebee" to lead the busy pre-Christmas weekend with an estimated $67.4 million over the weekend, according to studio estimates Sunday. Without a "Star Wars" film on the December schedule for the...
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