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 ...

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 ...

End of an era as Britain's last coal mine closes

Dec 17, 2015

End of an era as Britain's last coal mine closes

The closure of Britain’s last coal mine on Friday in a misty corner of Yorkshire brings to an end a proud history of industrial boom and social struggle. “Britain’s best miners work at Kellingley,” reads a sign outside the colliery in northern England in ...

Dec 10, 2015

Settlement reached in 'Happy Birthday' copyright case

A settlement has been reached in a lawsuit over whether “Happy Birthday” — one of the world’s best-known songs — is owned by a music publisher who’s earned millions by enforcing its copyright. A federal judge in Los Angeles ruled in September that Warner/Chappell ...

Saudi women stand in election for first time though barriers remain

Nov 27, 2015

Saudi women stand in election for first time though barriers remain

Segregated from male voters and unable to drive themselves to hustings, Saudi women begin their first-ever election campaign on Sunday, a tentative step toward better representation in the male-dominated kingdom. Around 900 female candidates are standing in next month’s municipal election, a poll that ...