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 ...

Dec 25, 2015

Subdued Christmas in store for terror-wary Paris

It was a subdued Christmas Eve in Paris on Thursday, with tourist numbers down, security bolstered at shops and churches, and locals still on edge after last month’s jihadi attacks. Heavily armed soldiers patrolled outside the iconic Galeries Lafayette and Printemps department stores in ...

Warm holiday weather in U.S. wards off holiday spirit for some

Dec 24, 2015

Warm holiday weather in U.S. wards off holiday spirit for some

Astrid Rau just baked 16 kinds of Christmas cookies, including a batch in the shape of snowflakes. But she somehow was having trouble getting into the holiday spirit, thanks to balmy weather in her hometown of Perkasie, Pennsylvania. “I associate cold with Christmas,” the ...

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 ...

U.S. South under twister alert; storm claims Arkansas woman, 18

Dec 24, 2015

U.S. South under twister alert; storm claims Arkansas woman, 18

Storms packing strong winds and heavy rain slammed the U.S. midsection on Wednesday, and officials worried about Christmas yard decorations becoming projectiles. A tree blew over onto a house in Arkansas, killing an 18-year-old woman and trapping her 1-year-old child inside, authorities said. Rescuers ...

NORAD prepares to track Santa's journey around world

Dec 23, 2015

NORAD prepares to track Santa's journey around world

Peterson Air Force base is getting ready for its annual holiday mission: tracking Santa’s storybook sleigh ride around the world. The North American Aerospace Defense Command has been working for weeks to tackle the one-day mission. Miles of wire, dozens of computers and 157 ...