Mar 26, 2016

Ten thousand rabbits shot in New Zealand Easter hunt

Hunting for chocolate eggs is popular Easter event, but in New Zealand it was bunnies in the firing line at an annual rabbit-shooting event in one district where they are regarded as pests. Ten thousand rabbits were shot by more than 300 hunters in ...

Dec 25, 2015

Chiba government workers get longer year-end break

The municipal government of Chiba held an end-of-year ceremony for its workers on Friday, three days earlier than last year, so more government officials can take a longer holiday — as long as nine consecutive days for some, starting Saturday. The city said that, ...

T-shirt weather and tornadoes for Christmas in U.S.

Dec 25, 2015

T-shirt weather and tornadoes for Christmas in U.S.

East Coast Americans shed their Christmas sweaters on Thursday to enjoy soaring temperatures ahead of the holiday, as further south deadly tornadoes cut a swath through rural communities. According to the National Weather Service, temperatures in New York’s iconic Central Park peaked at 72 ...

Six killed as storm system sweeps across U.S.

Dec 24, 2015

Six killed as storm system sweeps across U.S.

A storm system that forecasters called “particularly dangerous” killed at least six people as it swept across the country, with tornadoes touching down in Indiana and Mississippi. A tree blew over onto a house in Arkansas, killing an 18-year-old woman and trapping a 1-year-old ...

Nordic countries in annual contest to claim real Santa

Dec 24, 2015

Nordic countries in annual contest to claim real Santa

Most kids learn that Santa Claus comes from the North Pole, but children in Scandinavia are taught he lives a bit farther south. Where exactly is a matter of much debate, with businesses in Finland, Sweden and Norway competing to cash in on the ...

Dec 24, 2015

U.S. Christmas lights use more energy than some entire countries

American household Christmas lights, a favorite holiday tradition, use up more electricity than some poorer countries — such as El Salvador or Ethiopia — do in a year. Bright lights strung on American trees, rooftops and lawns account for 6.63 billion kilowatt hours of ...