Holidays

February 14, 2019 - 9:14 am
NEW YORK (AP) — The National Retail Federation, the nation's largest retail trade group, says that holiday sales increased a lower-than-expected 2.9 percent as worries about the trade war with China, the government shutdown and stock market turmoil dampened shopper spending in December. The figures...
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President Donald Trump speaks during a cabinet meeting at the White House, Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2019, in Washington. (AP Photo/ Evan Vucci)
February 12, 2019 - 10:37 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is planning a new parade, possibly to replace a military procession he ordered up for Washington that was scuttled due to cost. Speaking at a Cabinet meeting, Trump says he's thinking about holding the event around July 4. He's calling it a "Salute to...
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FILE - In this June 12, 2018 file photo, President Donald Trump shakes hands with North Korea leader Kim Jong Un at the Capella resort on Sentosa Island in Singapore. As he prepares to meet again North Korea's Kim Jong Un, President Donald Trump is replaying many of the same moves, with a suspenseful buildup, make-or-break stakes and dramatic rendezvous in a far-flung locale. But the reality-star president is about to learn if the sequel can compete with the original. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci, File)
February 09, 2019 - 11:51 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — As President Donald Trump prepares to meet North Korea's Kim Jong Un for a second time, he's out to replicate the suspenseful buildup, make-or-break stakes and far-flung rendezvous of their first encounter. The reality star American president will soon learn if the sequel, on this...
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February 06, 2019 - 6:33 pm
LOS ANGELES (AP) — A man who was choked unconscious by an off-duty Los Angeles firefighter who saw him handing out Halloween candy to children will receive $7.4 million to settle a lawsuit, his attorney announced Wednesday. Samuel Chang suffered a traumatic brain injury, nearly died and still has...
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Decorations, part of a Lunar New Year installation, are placed in the main atrium of a mall Thursday, Jan. 31, 2019 in Santa Monica, Calif. In recent years, the Lunar or Chinese New Year, which people around the globe are ringing in Tuesday, seems to have achieved all-American status. Major companies are celebrating and capitalizing on a holiday that at its heart is about being with loved ones and wishing for prosperity and good luck. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)
February 05, 2019 - 5:24 pm
As Asian-Americans across the U.S. mark the Lunar New Year on Tuesday, they can celebrate by eating Mickey Mouse-shaped tofu, sporting a pair of Year of the Pig-inspired Nike shoes and by snacking on pricey cupcakes. The delicacies and traditions that once made a generation of Asian-Americans feel...
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A fire-eater performs during celebrations of the Lunar New Year Tuesday, Feb. 5, 2019, in the Chinatown district of Manila, Philippines. This year is the Year of the Earth Pig in the Chinese Lunar calendar and is supposed to represent abundance, diligence and generosity. (AP Photo/Bullit Marquez)
February 05, 2019 - 2:18 am
BEIJING (AP) — Asia welcomed the lunar Year of the Pig on Tuesday with visits to temples, family banquets and the world's biggest travel spree. Celebrations took place throughout the region, from Beijing and Seoul to Hanoi and Singapore. The streets of Beijing and other major Chinese cities were...
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Groundhog Club co-handler Al Dereume, second from right, holds Punxsutawney Phil, the weather prognosticating groundhog, during the 133rd celebration of Groundhog Day on Gobbler's Knob in Punxsutawney, Pa. Saturday, Feb. 2, 2019. Phil's handlers said that the groundhog has forecast an early spring. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)
February 02, 2019 - 5:55 am
PUNXSUTAWNEY, Pa. (AP) — It may be hard to believe as a large swath of the U.S. thaws out from a bitter polar vortex, but spring is coming early, according to handlers for some of the country's most famous prognosticating groundhogs. Just before 7:30 a.m. Saturday, Punxsutawney (puhnk-suh-TAW'-nee...
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FILE - This Oct. 22, 2018, file photo shows the iPhone XS, from left, iPhone XR, and the iPhone XS Max in New York. Apple hoped to offset slowing demand for iPhones by raising the prices of its most important product, but that strategy seems to have backfired after sales sagged during the holiday shopping season. (AP Photo/Richard Drew, File)
January 29, 2019 - 7:26 pm
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Apple hoped to offset slowing demand for iPhones by raising the prices of its most important product, but that strategy seems to have backfired after sales sagged during the holiday shopping season. Results released Tuesday revealed the magnitude of the iPhone slump — a 15...
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Fans cheer during Opening Night for the NFL Super Bowl 53 football game, Monday, Jan. 28, 2019, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/David Goldman)
January 28, 2019 - 7:36 pm
ATLANTA (AP) — Super Bowl Media Night is the NFL's version of a rock concert, with player interviews rather than music. It's a Mardi Gras party, complete with the costumes. It's a slow-motion stampede conducted mostly by quasi-media members or outright impostors. Some Los Angeles Rams players and...
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Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., speaks during Martin Luther King Jr. Day celebrations at the South Carolina Statehouse in Columbia, S.C., on Monday, Jan. 21, 2019. (AP Photo/Meg Kinnard)
January 22, 2019 - 6:29 pm
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Even before he announces whether he's a 2020 presidential candidate, Sen. Bernie Sanders is working to avoid the drubbing that South Carolina's African-American voters handed him in 2016. A day after speaking at a Martin Luther King Jr. Day rally in the state capital on Monday...
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