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    MORE than eight in ten adults are planning to be charitable this festive season, with a quarter doing so through acts of kindness and good deeds. A study of 2,000 adults found many will be looking to help others during the season for giving, either by donating money (35 per cent), cooking them lunch (15 per cent) or buying gifts from charity shops (18 per cent).    1Brits are feeling more generous than ever The generosity of the nation will see 48 per cent be more charitable this year than last. But 27 per cent plan to turn to alternative non-monetary means to spread cheer as a way to help cut back on expenditure. The research, commissioned by Sky Mobile, revealed other ways people will give back include buying charity Christmas cards (28 per cent) and donating items including food (26 per cent) and clothes (20 per cent). Wanting to help those worse off or lonely (30 per cent) or believing that it is the meaning of the season (29 per cent) are driving people's kindness. The festive spirit also sees...
    The Tennessee Department of Education announced a partnership with the Governor’s Early Literacy Foundation (GELF) on Wednesday aimed to deliver books to the parents of young elementary school-aged children this winter. The books are offered at no cost and are for kindergarten through second grade children. The effort is part of the state’s increased commitment to early childhood literacy under Governor Lee. James Pond, GELF President said in a statement. “Through this partnership, we aim to strengthen early literacy by promoting a culture of reading and learning outside of the classroom. When children are on holiday break from school, we encourage families to take a break from the screens and read together with these resources. Books build learners; books bond families.” The initiative is expected to encourage young readers to read more outside the classroom by providing reading material for their homes. Through the program website, parents can sign up to receive seven At-Home Decodable booklets, which contain more than 20 stories full of sounds and words to practice. Parents also receive two or three Scholastic books. The program’s...
    WE'D all love to completely splurge on our families at Christmas. But one man has been accused of taking it too far after showing the pile of presents in his front room. 2Josh had bought so much for Christmas you could hardly walk into the front roomCredit: TikTok/joshybishbosh 2The stack of presents left everyone stunnedCredit: TikTok/joshybishbosh Josh Bishop, took to TikTok to show off the heap of presents he bought for his family of five. He wrote: "Every Christmas Eve In my house." He then panned around the room which was completely covered in presents, so much so that it was impossible to get into the room. The video has since gone viral with over one million views. It seems that the video was taken last year but he showed his current collection of presents this year in a separate video. In another video, Josh showed what appeared to be a bedroom completely filled with wrapped Christmas presents, so much so that he cannot even get inside. He wrote: "Gone overboard on my family again." Despite many people praising Josh...
    Tennessee residents who are eligible for the state’s Families First Program can expect to see an extra $500 payment this month, with checks expected to arrive by the end of this month. The one-time payment is the third of its kind from the Families First Program to be sent out to families over the last year. Before the pandemic, payments from the FFP were somewhat rare, according to state officials, but they have become more common after the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic. STIMULUS UPDATE: DEADLINE TO RECEIVE DIRECT PAYMENTS WORTH UP TO $4,000 IS JUST TWO DAYS AWAY Those who are eligible for the program typically see a payment of around $382, but some recipients have seen payments up to $1,400 over the last year, according to local news station WJHL. Some of those increased payments were due to an additional “Back to School” payment distributed earlier this year. “We’ve accumulated several million dollars in a reserve fund,” said state Rep. David Hawk. “So, we’ve got the monies available to go out. And number...
    Hallmark Hallmark Christmas towns The Hallmark Channel has kicked off a new project with reality TV vibes. The network has set up cameras that are live streaming every day in multiple towns. These new webcams are giving viewers a glimpse of real-life Hallmark Christmas towns.Christmas Cams Are Live Every Day for 12 Hours Through the End of DecemberAccording to Hallmark’s website, these “Christmas cams” are live every day from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Eastern, giving viewers a live look at how Christmas is being celebrated in multiple towns. All you have to do to watch the live streams is visit Hallmark’s Christmas Cam webpage. The towns featured on the streams are Harbor Springs, Michigan; St. Paul, Minnesota; Bethlehem, Pennsylvania; Gaffer District – Corning, New York; and Enchant – St. Petersburg, Florida. Gaffer District boasted on its website that while it’s “often referred to as Hallmark-worthy for its charm and nostalgic holiday festivities,” the city is “literally” a Hallmark Christmas town this year. The district hosts an annual Sparkle event and has been named one of “America’s Best...
    EVERYONE is feeling the pinch this Christmas.  So much so that even Rudolph has stepped up and got himself a second job. 4Uber has launched Uber Sleigh in LaplandCredit: Mikael Buck / Uber Ahead of their annual dash around the globe, Santa’s reindeer are trying their hand at being Uber drivers.  For one week only, guests of the stunning Apukka Resort just outside of Rovaniemi,  Lapland and nearby visitors and locals can use the app to order an Uber Sleigh. While the big man himself isn’t available on demand due to prior work commitments he’s unable to get out of, one of his picture perfect furry friends will appear to whisk you on a magical round trip through the snow-covered countryside.   In keeping with December being the time of giving, the rides are completely free as part of Uber's vision to help customers Go Anywhere. I was lucky enough to fly out to see them in action - and check that I’m not on the Naughty List of course.   The hour-long Uber Sleigh takes you through a Narnia-like...
    RESIDENTS of South Carolina should have started receiving their one-time payment of $800. Americans who live in South Carolina, who submitted their 2021 Individual Income Tax return by October 17, will get their money through Christmas. 1South Carolina residents can claim a rebate of up to $800 The rebates will be capped at $800, but the amount you receive is dependent on your 2021 tax liability. How much will you get? The tax liability is what's left after subtracting your credits from the Individual Income Tax you owed. If your tax liability is less than $800, which is the maximum amount for the rebate, then your rebate will be the same amount as your liability. If your tax liability is more than $800 or equal to it, you will receive $800. Read more rebateHAPPY HOLIDAYS How Thanksgiving affects benefit payment dates – including Social SecurityKEY DATE Thousands can claim rebate worth $1,000 next week – see eligibility criteria Are you eligible? Some people who have filed their 2021 South Carolina Individual Income Tax return by October 17, 2022 should have...
    After more than two years of pandemic woes, creators of holiday lights displays across the Bay Area are pulling out all the stops to create ever more spectacular shows for the 2022-23 holiday season. That’s true for individual home decor enthusiasts, as well as illumination professionals brought in to transform public spaces into shimmering, glowing winter wonderlands. A few long-time favorites have closed, but new displays are popping up in neighborhoods near you or in the form of the world’s “biggest” light show, courtesy of the Hallmark Channel. Here are the 24 best Bay Area displays we found but feel free to email mross@bayareanewsgroup.com or fill out the submission form at the end of this story to let us know if we’re missing a great show. You can also visit the California Christmas Lights website to find details about displays throughout Northern California. Unless otherwise indicated, you can visit these displays nightly after sundown and at no cost. Heavy rain or wind will make some displays go dark for the night. Some also ask that visitors wear masks for COVID-19...
    A jury found Darrell Brooks Jr. guilty on several criminal charges, convicting him of killing six people after driving an SUV into a crowd at a Christmas parade in Waukesha, Wisconsin, last November. The jury found Brooks guilty on all six counts of first-degree intentional homicide, facing a mandatory life sentence on each count. Brooks faces more than 60 other counts related to the attack. The jury reached a verdict in Brooks’s homicide trial Wednesday morning, coming to a decision in just over three hours. Brooks had pleaded not guilty to all counts against him. Brooks attempted to plead not guilty by reason of insanity, but he withdrew the insanity plea last month. His attorneys then filed a motion to remove themselves from the case, prompting Brooks to ask to represent himself instead. Waukesha County Circuit Court Judge Jennifer Dorow granted the request last week, ruling that Brooks possessed "the minimal competency necessary to conduct his own defense." Brooks’s trial began earlier this month as prosecutors sought to prove Brooks intentionally drove his car through...
    (CNN)Darrell Brooks told jurors Tuesday during closing arguments he did not intentionally plow a SUV through a Christmas parade in Waukesha, Wisconsin, last year, which left six dead and dozens more injured. Brooks has been representing himself during this roughly three-week trial. He tearfully asked jurors during his 50-minute closing argument to consider whether the car could have malfunctioned during the incident last November and the effects the trial -- along with the negative press -- has had on his family. "What if the vehicle couldn't stop because of malfunction? What if the driver of the vehicle was unable to stop the vehicle? Because of that fact, what if the driver may have panicked? Does that make the driver in a rage and intent on killing people?" Brooks asked, claiming there was a recall on the vehicle he drove that day. Waukesha County Judge Jennifer Dorow struck those comments from the record. Darrell Brooks attempts to get the court's attention as he appears via video from an adjacent courtroom due to his continuous interruptions of the court judge during his...
    Interestingly when Brooks asked one of his witnesses — a parade attendee — if he saw who was driving the red SUV through the parade, the man replied, "Yeah, you're standing right there," the station said. When Dorow said Brooks was trying to cast doubt on the integrity of the court, Brooks shouted, "This court ain't got no integrity!" WLUK reported.Anything else?The parade massacre took place November 21, 2021, when the driver of a red Ford Escape plowed through the crowd on the parade route, killing six and injuring nearly 50. Among those badly hurt were 18 children. Among those killed was 8-year-old Jackson Sparks, who had been marching in the parade with his baseball team. If convicted for any of the six murder charges against him, Brooks would get life in prison, WLUK said, adding that he faces 70 other charges as well.
    Shakira has appeared to reference her ex-husband Gerard Piqué in her newest song and music video, Monotonía, featuring Ozuna. The formerly married couple announced their split in June, after 11 years together and sharing two children. Now, the singer, 45, has released her latest single where she makes references to an acrimonious split that fans have claimed refers to Gerard. Dig: Shakira has appeared to shade her ex-husband Gerard Piqué in her newest song and music video, Monotonía, featuring Ozuna The song, meaning Monotony in English, starts with the Columbian singing in Spanish: 'It wasn’t your fault, nor was it mine. It was monotony’s fault. I never said anything but it hurt me. I knew this would happen.' She then alludes to the relationship being over before it ended, singing: 'It’s a necessary goodbye. What used to be incredible became routine. RELATED ARTICLES Previous 1 Next MDLBEAST's SOUNDSTORM festival 2022: Who's playing, how to... Heidi Klum's daughter Leni, 18, cuts a casual figure in... Kanye West, 45, puts on a rare display of PDA...
    Just in time for the holidays, Quaker Bridge Mall in Lawrence Township, Mercer County, is adding to its ever-expanding list of new retailers and dining destinations. Among the new shops coming during the next three months are: Halloween House / Christmas House: Opening in October, the immersive, family-oriented Halloween and Christmas walk-through experiences are located in the Upper Level of the JCPenney wing. Tickets are sold online and at the door through December. Socks to be You: This specialty sock retailer offers cozy, odor-free and Earth-friendly socks for all ages and is coming to the Upper Level of Center Court in October. . The Christmas Shoppe: November brings The Christmas Shoppe, a local favorite for holiday ornaments and decor. The holiday shop will be open through December in the Lower Level of the JC Penney Wing. David Bradley Chocolatier: This local staple is slated to open in the Mall’s Lower Level at Center Court in late 2022, for shoppers to enjoy the gourmet hand-crafted chocolates the Chocolatier has been producing for over 45 years. New dining destinations include: Ramen...
    Getty Song Yadong (top) fights Marlon Vera (bottom). UFC superstar Marlon ‘Chito’ Vera has responded to Cory Sandhagen after getting called out by the latter. This past Saturday, Sandhagen took on rising prospect Song Yadong in the main event of UFC Vegas 60 at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. Yadong, a former opponent of Vera, got off to a solid start, connecting with some big shots early in the contest. However, a vicious up elbow from Sandhagen opened a gnarly cut above Yadong’s left eye. He successfully snapped his two-fight losing skid when the referee called off the bout due to a doctor’s stoppage after the fourth round. The doctor stops the fight – @CorySandhagen takes the W. #UFCVegas60 pic.twitter.com/mrrdIBVKxs — UFC (@ufc) September 18, 2022 Following the impressive win, Sandhagen took the chance to call out fifth-ranked bantamweight contender Vera and third-ranked 135-pound fighter Merab Dvalishvili in the post-fight octagon interview. “Yeah, one of those guys (‘Chito’ Vera and Merab),” Sandhagen said. “‘Chito’ and Merab are the top two guys. I don’t want to get left...
    Henry Selick is one of modern animation’s zaniest visionaries, and following a 13-year hiatus, he returns—teaming with Jordan Peele and Keegan-Michael Key—for Wendell & Wild, a phenomenal phantasmagoria that blends the dark, demented inventiveness of his prior work with the ribald humor and spiky sociopolitical commentary of the comedy duo. So ingenious that its only shortcoming is an overabundance of ideas, it’s a stop-motion triumph for the director, and will be a feather in Netflix’s 2022 cap when—after its premiere at this year’s Toronto International Film Festival—it debuts on the streaming platform on October 28. As with Coraline and The Nightmare Before Christmas, Selick’s Wendell & Wild is a macabre tale of demonic dimensions populated by the dead and deviant; of plucky heroes damaged by tragedy and coping with fractured families; of friendships forged through trial and tribulation; and of carnivalesque madness involving squishy insectoids, goofy dancing skeletons, and all manner of additional otherworldly sights. Selick’s brand is madcap spookiness underscored by grief, anger and longing, and his latest delivers that in spades, almost to the point of bursting from...
    Darrell Brooks Jr. allegedly beat up his ex-girlfriend – and gave her a black eye and a split lip – in the minutes before he plowed his SUV through the crowd of revelers at a Christmas parade in Waukesha, Wis., killing six and injuring dozens more. Brooks, 39, was "very upset and angry" with his ex-girlfriend because he thought she was talking to other men when he began driving erratically and physically attacking the woman shortly after 4 p.m. on Nov. 21, 2021, she told police. New details surrounding the horror were revealed in a second amended complaint, filed late Wednesday in Waukesha County Court. The complaint notes the addition of 71 more charges against the career criminal, who was already facing six counts of first-degree intentional homicide. Waukesha parade suspect Darrell Brooks arrives in court for his arraignment. WAUKESHA CHRISTMAS HORROR: SUSPECT DARRELL BROOKS EXPECTED IN COURT FRIDAY Brooks gave his ex another black eye the day before, she said, and he was out on bail after allegedly punching her in the face and running her over...
    Beloved Morris County native and new father Paul James O’Connell died after battling COVID-19 on Christmas Day. He was 24. O’Connell grew up in Chester before moving to Idaho, where he graduated from Northwest Academy, his obituary says. O’Connell then earned five different Associate’s degrees with high honors from Golden West Community College in Huntington Beach in California, his memorial says. He moved to Orange County about two and a half years ago and had been majoring in accounting with a business management minor at Cal State Fullerton. O’Connell was known for his caring heart and love of nature and animals. He had an intensely adventurous spirit and loved spending time outdoors. O’Connell is survived by his parents, Susan Gallagher O’Connell & David O’Connell; partner, Kaylie Walker and their infant daughter Violet Sky O’Connell; sister, Christine O’Connell; as well as numerous aunts, uncles, cousins, extended family members and dearly close friends. O’Connell’s funeral will be held Jan. 15 at St. Lawrence RC Church in Chester. Donations can be made in his memory to the Child Mind Institute. “Paul touched many...
    Princess Märtha Louise of Norway says she fell into a 'pit of depression' after the death her ex-husband Ari Behn two years ago.  Mr Behn, an author who shared three daughters - Maud Angelica, 18, Leah Isadora, 16, and Emma Tallulah, 13 - with his ex-wife Princess Martha Louise, 50, took his own life on Christmas Day in 2019.  Speaking to former Princess Tessy of Luxembourg on her Zoom O’Clock podcast, the royal said grief is like having 'tunnel vision' but it's important to directly tackle your emotions. The royal, who was married to Ari in 2002 and divorced in 2017, said that while grief is something all will experience in their life, she feels sadness her children were so young when they lost their father.  Princess Märtha Louise of Norway says she fell into a 'pit of depression' after the death her ex-husband Ari Behn two years ago. The royal is pictured with her late ex-husband in 2015  Mr Behn, an author who shared three daughters - Maud Angelica, 18, Leah Isadora, 16, and Emma Tallulah, 13 - with his ex-wife Princess Martha...
    (CNN)Homes adorned with twinkling holiday lights are a common sight in December, but by January, many lights are gone.Not this year. Many people are looking to keep the holiday spirit going. In communities big and small, people are calling on their fellow neighbors to keep their lights hung through the end of January.Brian Mittge, a longtime resident of Chehalis, Washington, wrote a letter that appeared in his local paper, asking that people keep their lights up for another month. His town is located about an hour and a half south of Seattle. It has been a dark couple of years, so people need light, he told CNN.Read More"We need to look for ways we can send that light into the world, and it can be as simple as keeping your Christmas lights up," Mittge explained. His idea came to him about a year ago in January when he was dropping his child off at school. Peering through the morning darkness was a single house with shimmering holiday lights. The holidays can be overwhelming. Follow these self-care tips to relieve stressThose...
    JANA Duggar shared what would be her "goals to achieve throughout the year" and also admitted that one of her goals had become a "sad decision" to make. For the year 2022, Jana, 31, shared her upcoming goals in an Instagram photo.  6Jana Duggar claimed she was given 'a written citation'Credit: Toby Canham 6Janna planned 'to read through the whole Bible by the end of' 2022Credit: Instagram/@janamduggar 6Jana said avoiding 'the McDonalds drive-through' was a 'sad decision'Credit: TLC On top of the table, there was a container next to the lit candle because she needed to "drink more water." With the religious text opened up to "Genesis," the Counting On alum planned "to read through the whole Bible by the end of the year." Jana's "sad decision" was to "avoid frequenting the McDonalds drive-through." She claimed that their "fries" would be her "downfall." Jana argued: "Not sure why that one is so difficult, but it is for me!" The reality star then asked her followers what their goals were for the new year. Most read in EntertainmentGOLDEN ERA OVER Iconic actress Betty White dies at...
    BLEACHING your hair at home carries a whole o-range of risk. For Tori West, 29, disaster struck when nearly everything in her home broke down right in the middle of her bleaching her hair, leaving her with carrot hued hair on Christmas Day. 4Tori did not want to spend Christmas with badly bleached hairCredit: TikTok/tori..westtoriwest On Tiktok, the BRICKS magazine founder wrote: "My boiler burst at 5am and now have no hot water in the house so couldnt finish bleaching my hair," over a video of her in a big, pink hoodie that covered all the hair on her head. "Thanks Merry Christmas, I hate it here," she added as she took off her hood to reveal the unexpected colour of her hair. In another Tiktok, where she has 13.1k followers, Tori explained that: I woke up this morning and my boiler burst at 5am and flooded my entire studio apartment that I rent off my landlord than owns 450 buildings just in the area that I live in. FABULOUS BINGO: GET A £5 FREE BONUS WITH NO DEPOSIT REQUIRED...
    BRITAIN’S biggest family didn’t have the best Christmas this year as illness swept through their household. Speaking on their YouTube channel, mum-of-22 Sue Radford said a number of the kids had been left in bed feeling sick. 4Sue Radford revealed her kids have been sick over ChristmasCredit: YOUTUBE/RADFORDFAMILY 4The Radfords spend £7,000 on Christmas and use 70 rolls of wrapping paper She told fans: “I must admit, we’ve not had such a great time for Christmas. “Poor Oscar on Christmas Eve was throwing up all day, and I mean all day, bless him he was so so poorly. “Amy had it the day before Christmas Eve so it seems to have gone through the house. “Katie’s had it all day today, she’s been in bed all day. “Last night I started to feel really sick thinking I was going to be up during the night being sick but I wasn’t. “When I woke up this morning I felt absolutely horrendous. I got through the day and I must admit I am feeling a bit better now thank goodness.” Despite the...
    BEMIDJI, Minn. (WCCO) – Despite the falling temperatures, some lakes remain unsafe this late in December. On Christmas Eve, John Herman Klasen III’s truck went through the ice as he fished on Lake Bemidji. “Losing a family member that close to the holidays, it’s devastating for everybody,” his granddaughter, Sarah Dixon, said. Dixon described her grandfather as an outdoorsman who loved to ride his motorcycle and spend time with his big family. “After I found out the truck that fell into Lake Bemidji was my grandpa’s truck, I couldn’t help but just cry,” she said. Authorities said the 69-year-old was in his vehicle when it fell through the ice around 5:30 p.m. Dixon said he was with his girlfriend who made it out of the vehicle safely. Investigators estimate the ice was 4 to 5 inches thick at the location the vehicle went through. “He thought maybe because it’s been so cold there would be enough ice,” Dixon said. He’s the first person to die on Minnesota lakes this winter season. “This year, Lake Bemidji was about two weeks behind...
    DENVER (CBS4) – Those hoping to see “The Lion King” at The Buell Theatre will have to wait a few more days. The Denver Center for the Performing Arts announced performances on Dec. 28 and Dec. 29, both at 7:30 p.m., were canceled. The DCPA says performances are scheduled to resume on Dec. 30 at 7:30 p.m. (credit: Denver Center for the Performing Arts) “We apologize for the disappointment and inconvenience this causes ticket holders, but the safety of our guests and The Lion King company remains our number one priority,” the DCPA stated. Those with tickets for Tuesday and Wednesday will be refunded. Those customers should receive information about refunds in their email. Those who bought tickets through a third party are suggested to contact that company directly. Days before Christmas, COVID-19 cases were detected within the company of The Lion King at The Buell Theatre in Denver — forcing organizers to cancel performances through the day after Christmas.
    Left-leaning corporate media outlets and pundits spent the Christmas weekend dragging a father over the coals after he told President Joe Biden “Let’s Go Brandon” during a phone call. Biden and First Lady Jill Biden were answering calls from parents and children for the NORAD Santa tracking program when one caller, Jared, used the anti-Biden slogan after his children told the couple what they wanted for Christmas. “I hope you guys have a wonderful Christmas as well and Let’s Go, Brandon,” Jared said. “Let’s Go Brandon, I agree,” Biden replied while the first lady appeared to slightly chuckle. BREAKING: Joe Biden was taking calls from the NORAD Santa tracking program and a dad ended the call with “Merry Christmas, and Let’s Go Brandon.” Biden replied with: “Let’s Go Brandon, I agree” pic.twitter.com/Hc0pLWGRx1 — Benny (@bennyjohnson) December 24, 2021 Liberal outlets wasted no time criticizing the father for his statement, lambasting him for disrespecting the president on Christmas Eve. “Consider the mentality here of the father whose child is excited to talk about Santa Clause and then also gets to...
    By: KDKA-TV News Staff PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – Both the City of Pittsburgh and Allegheny County are bringing back their annual Christmas tree recycling program. READ MORE: The Frick Pittsburgh Hosting 'First-Ever' Winterfest This WeekResidents can drop off their trees at any county park from 8 a.m. until dusk Dec. 26 through Jan. 14 for the county’s program. For the city’s programs, the Department of Public Works will accept trees Monday through Saturday from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. There are also sponsored locations running from Dec. 26 through Jan. 26 from dawn until dusk. READ MORE: City Of Pittsburgh Announces Development Project For Veterans HousingAll decorations, tinsel and stands have to be removed from the tree before they’re dropped off. The trees are turned into mulch to be used throughout the county parks’ 12,000 acres. Last year, nearly 3,300 trees were recycled and turned into mulch. The city says that 38 tons worth of trees were collected in 2021, and the pine mulch was used by residents for various outdoor projects. A list...
    By: KDKA-TV News Staff PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – Both the City of Pittsburgh and Allegheny County are bringing back their annual Christmas tree recycling program. READ MORE: The Frick Pittsburgh Hosting 'First-Ever' Winterfest This WeekResidents can drop off their trees at any county park from 8 a.m. until dusk Dec. 26 through Jan. 14 for the county’s program. For the city’s programs, the Department of Public Works will accept trees Monday through Saturday from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. There are also sponsored locations running from Dec. 26 through Jan. 26 from dawn until dusk. READ MORE: City Of Pittsburgh Announces Development Project For Veterans HousingAll decorations, tinsel and stands have to be removed from the tree before they’re dropped off. The trees are turned into mulch to be used throughout the county parks’ 12,000 acres. Last year, nearly 3,300 trees were recycled and turned into mulch. The city says that 38 tons worth of trees were collected in 2021, and the pine mulch was used by residents for various outdoor projects. A list...
    ASIDE from snow and carolers, one of the many things people look forward to during the holidays is the Kardashian Christmas card. Every year, the family gets together for this massive production of their famous Christmas card. Here's a look at the evolution of their holiday greetings: 1987 10 Before they were famous and even before Rob was born, Kourtney, Khloe, and Kim were dressed up in matching plaid outfits for the holidays. In this picture, Khloe is just three years old, while Kim was seven and Kourtney, nine. 1988 10 The now family of five dressed up to pose for their Christmas portrait, which was printed out in black and white. Kim, Kourtney, and Rob all looked angelical and sweet - but check Khloe's sneaky smile! Most read in LifestyleFAMILY MATTER Shocked Meg & Harry fans all saying same thing about Archie's red hairXMAS CONCERN Intruder threatened to 'assassinate Queen' in chilling vid & suspect sectionedTOUGH LOVE I made my son sleep in a treehouse on Xmas Eve night for breaking 10pm curfewGOT PLAYED Man who thought his...
    A Sunday fire ripped through one Passaic home and extended to others on either side. The heavily-involved blaze on Harrison Street near Myrtle Avenue began as two alarms at around 9:15 a.m. Heavy fire in the rear of the building eventually began consuming the rest of the 2½-family house -- eventually blowing through the roof -- while spreading to two others. The blaze appeared knocked down a couple of times before eventually being declared under control around 11 a.m. No serious injuries were immediately reported. Reports of a rescue couldn't be immediately confirmed. Mutual aid responders, either at the scene or in coverage, included firefighters from Carlstadt, Clifton, East Rutherford, Garfield, Hackensack, Paterson, Rutherford and Wallington.
    Christmas is over and you no doubt have mountains of cardboard boxes and wrapping paper from presents and shipments that have come over the last few weeks. With the holiday over, you’ll want to get rid of that mountain and clean up your house. If you expect the recycling or trash to be picked up in the next day or two, you can obviously wait. But what if the truck doesn’t come until Thursday or Friday, or if you have too much cardboard fro that recycling bin? More Local News Most counties and cities in the D.C. area have recycling centers that will be open to take the large loads of recycling. So pack up your SUV with cardboard from that new Lego set and visit the recycling center near you. D.C. In D.C. you can visit the Fort Totten Transfer Station on John McCormack Rd Northeast. Drop-off will be available Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m., and Saturday from 7 a.m. until 2 p.m. It is closed on Sundays. Maryland Montgomery County You can...
    (CNN)Snow and cold continue to blanket the western and northern United States, setting up hazardous post-Christmas travel conditions Sunday and into the final week of 2021. Across the Intermountain West, "travel will remain dangerous and is discouraged, especially along mountain passes where long duration closures are likely. Dangerous avalanches are also likely in the Sierra Nevada, Washington Cascades, Northern Rockies, and Wasatch," the Weather Prediction Center said Saturday. Find your local weather hereBitter cold in the coming days will also impact states from Montana to Michigan."Dangerously cold air continues through the next few days, bringing wind chills to below -40° to some areas, especially along the Hi-Line," the National Weather Service office in Great Falls, Montana, said Sunday in a tweet. "Temperatures this cold can cause frostbite in under 10 minutes! Don't forget your pets and livestock. Stay weather aware."Read MoreMeantime, unseasonable warmth will continue to toast the South as wildfire risk stretches across the central Plains.Avalanche warnings in 6 Western statesAll this snow may be a ski-lover's dream, but it also covers roads and reduces visibility. Avalanche warnings are...
    BEMIDJI, Minn. (WCCO) — A man is dead after a vehicle broke through Lake Bemidji on Christmas Eve. It happened around 5:30 p.m. near Diamond Point Park, according to the Beltrami County Sheriff’s Office. A woman was able to escape the water on her own. A man was pulled from the water by authorities and taken to a hospital, where he was later pronounced dead. The sheriff’s office said there are about 4 of 5 inches of ice at the spot the vehicle went through and called it “unstable.”   More On WCCO.com: Kim Potter Guilty On 2 Counts Of Manslaughter In Daunte Wright’s Death Quarantined On Christmas: COVID Interrupts Holiday Plans For Another Year Austin Police Officer Shoots And Kills Man Armed With Machete, Knife Record Number Of Animals Brought To Wildlife Rehabilitation Centers
    CHRISTMAS day can be a joyous time, but if cracks begin to appear in your relationship it can ultimately become a pressure cooker environment. At best, this means petty family squabbles over who prepares the brussel sprouts or tidies up the discarded wrapping paper – and at worst it can spell disaster for rocky romances. Getty 5 For some, the Christmas holidays can sadly bring heartache Here, three women exclusively share with Fabulous their holiday heartbreak stories – and how being dumped at Christmas actually turned out to be the best gift in the long-run… ‘He spent Christmas with another woman’ Before marrying her husband, children’s nursery owner Sharon Birch, 56, was unceremoniously dumped on Christmas day. She says: “I was introduced to Chris* by my friend’s sister. “She worked with him… He was recently divorced and I was single, and we were together about eight months. “He was due to come to my house for Christmas – I’d decorated my house so much more than I usually did and bought lovely tasty goodies. Most...
    2021 has been quite the year (it’s decidedly neck and neck the insanity that was 2020 if you ask me), but now that the new year is right around the corner, it’s a good time to ring in 2022 with some gifts for yourself. Chances are, you’ve been shopping for gifts for everyone else other than yourself for the last month or two, so now’s the time to treat yourself to some discounted goodies. There are hundreds of solid after-Christmas sales to shop today through the end of the year. Alternatively dubbed “Boxing Day,” today’s roster of sales and discounts is on par with Black Friday and Cyber Monday scores, so if you’ve got some gift cards and Christmas cash to spend, today’s the day. Indeed, it appears that Boxing Day has officially become yet another shopping holiday chock-full of stellar doorbuster deals and sitewide sales to get your hands on before we ring in the new year. Now that the frantic gifting frenzy has drawn to a close (thank god!), now’s the time to treat yourself to everything on...
    Alec Baldwin and his wife Hilaria travelled to the Hamptons for Christmas with their children, as he continues to remain entwined in the ongoing investigation over the accidentally shooting on the set of Rust. Hilaria, 37, posted pictures on her Instagram of the family enjoying the festivities on Christmas Eve on Friday, where the Rust actor was seen disguised in a Santa Claus outfit next to their six children. 'Reality vs….well….reality. This was the best we got from the photo batch,' Hilaria captioned the snaps, adding: 'Happy Christmas Eve y Feliz Nochebuena. Our love to you and your families. Amor, amor!!!!'  The family picture showed some of their younger kids in tears, visibly unhappy, while the older kids stood next to their father, looking happy and cheery in front of their well-sized Christmas tree. Hilaria also shared other joyful moments of the family's Christmas Eve antics including spending time together to cook in the kitchen. She later shared snapshots of their excited kids unwrapping their gifts from under the tree. Alec, dressed up as Santa Claus, and Hilaria Baldwin decided...
    A Marine veteran from Kentucky helped deliver Christmas cheer after a tornado wreaked havoc through his home state just two weeks ago.  Shawn Triplett raised nearly $100,000 in donations to deliver holiday presents to victims of the tornado that devastated several counties in western Kentucky. "Everyone has been amazing and roughly 1,200 families have been helped in some way," he told Fox News.   Triplett garnered attention after posting a photo to Twitter showing the devastation from his hometown of Mayfield before continuing on for more than 220 miles. KENTUCKY'S MISSING TORNADO VICTIMS HAVE BEEN ACCOUNTED FOR, GOVERNOR SAYS Triplett, who rushed to the scene following the tornado, told ABC News that he was motivated to help more after hearing a little boy say, "I lost my Christmas," while visiting a storm shelter.  "I reached out to my social media, friends and family and said, 'This is what I'm doing. Please trust me that this is going to happen. Let's get to work,'" he told the publication. The former Marine said he had hoped to help 20-30 families, but his social...
    Now just imagine if 68% of Americans continued this thee-before-me trend past the holiday season and into 2022 and beyond. God calls us to be our brother's keeper — and what better way to demonstrate God's love to others than to put them ahead of ourselves? Galatians 6:2 says, "Bear one another's burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ." Philippians 2:3-4 instructs, " ... [I]n humility value others above yourselves, not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others." Romans 12:10 adds, "Love one another with brotherly affection. Outdo one another in showing honor." Matthew 5:42 says, "Give to the one who asks you, and do not turn away from the one who wants to borrow from you." Much like how many holiday interactions dictate, what if all of God's children continued to give beyond the season without even having been asked? No one is meant to go through this life alone, and God calls us to be in constant communion...
    Brief bouts and gloomy gusts of rain will cover the Bay Area on Christmas Day, bring worrisome conditions to the Sierra and linger through mid-week, the National Weather Service said. “We have some thunderstorms reported up near Santa Rosa and with the showers and isolated thunderstorms moving through. We’re seeing some brief heavy rainfall, small lightning and a little bit of gusty wind as well,” meteorologist Roger Gass said Saturday morning. “Right now it looks like that band is approaching the San Francisco peninsula and will move into the East Bay as well here within the next couple of hours. And overall we’ll see that heavier band of precipitation shift southward throughout the day today with showers and potentially isolated thunderstorms on the backside of the front as well.” Off-and-on rains are expected to continue through mid-week, with temperatures due to fall slightly Monday before a cold blast chills the region. “An even more reinforcing wave of colder air is forecast to move in late Monday into Tuesday. We’re really expecting the colder temperatures for overnight lows dropping into the...
    By Matt DeLucia, CBS2 Meteorologist/Weather Producer Merry Christmas! After some pockets of freezing rain to the north early on, temps are rising, and everyone will be seeing plain rain for the rest of today. It looks to be more scattered heading through the afternoon with just on and off showers. It’s mild with highs ranging from the low 40s north to the mid 50s south. We’ll top out in the upper 40s around NYC. READ MORE: Some Faithful Return To In-Person Christmas Services For The First Time In 2 YearsKeep the umbrella handy as a few more showers swing through this evening. We then gradually dry out overnight, waking up to a partly cloudy skies by Sunday morning. Lows will be around 42 in the city and 30s for the suburbs. READ MORE: N.Y. Nurses Association Blasts New CDC Isolation Guidance As 'Inconsistent With Proven Science'It’s a much brighter finish to the holiday weekend tomorrow with mostly sunny skies and temps in the upper 40s once again. A brisk northwest breeze will keep wind chills closer to the 40...
    LONDON (AP) — Thousands of people across England are spending a few minutes of Christmas Day to line up under leaden winter skies to be vaccinated against COVID-19 as the omicron variant fuels a surge in infections across the country. The Good Health Pharmacy in north London is one of dozens of vaccination sites that kept their doors open Saturday to administer “jingle jabs” amid a government push to offer booster shots to all adults by the end of the year. Pharmacist Fenil Lalji said the shop’s owners decided to stay open because they lost a family member to the pandemic and wanted to do what they could to help others stay safe. “His family have obviously had a really hard time so his children wanted to make sure they could provide the maximum level of contribution to fighting this COVID virus,″ Lalji told the BBC. “It was a very hard time for his family, and we’re just trying to make sure no one has to go through that.″ Britain has expanded its booster program over the past two...
    This is a preview of our pop culture newsletter The Daily Beast’s Obsessed, written by senior entertainment reporter Kevin Fallon. To receive the full newsletter in your inbox each week, sign up for it here. This week: My nemesis in Paris returns. Aaron Sorkin totally missing the point. All hail the sad Christmas. The reign of Mariah continues. Happy holidays to most of you! The Gays Are Not Having It With Aaron Sorkin No one does a better job making people not want to see an Aaron Sorkin movie than Aaron Sorkin. Maybe we should be grateful that the award-winning writer is, unlike so many people in Hollywood, unfiltered and candid about his views, no matter what consternation they might cause, when he’s asked pointed questions. Or maybe he’s just a straight white guy who assumes there’d be little consequence to whatever he says. In any case, Sorkin has been on a long press tour for Being the Ricardos, the film about Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz that hit theaters earlier this month, but is back in the...
    PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — As Philadelphia marks a record year in gun-related violence, one group is working to make this holiday a safer one for some of the city’s most dangerous neighborhoods. Volunteers from Philly Truce were out for Thanksgiving in West Philadelphia. Now, they’re back for Christmas and have expanded to six neighborhoods, determined to make this a peaceful holiday. READ MORE: Sixers Guard Tyrese Maxey's Home In Voorhees, New Jersey Catches Fire, Team Official Says“Today is Christmas Eve, Dec. 24. We’re declaring a holiday stand down from now until the end of the year,” said Mazzie Casher, the co-founder of Philly Truce App. With that, Philly Truce’s holiday stand down began at 12 p.m. Friday. Neighbors, community activists, and concerned citizens all united for a common goal. “No shooting, no killing at least until the end of the year,” Casher said. Volunteers traveled by car to some of the most crime-prone neighborhoods, including North, Northwest, and West Philadelphia. “Everybody has flashlights,” a volunteer said. At 8 p.m. on Christmas Eve, the first patrols gathered to canvas the streets and...
    Getty Stefon Diggs warms up before a game against the Miami Dolphins. Buffalo Bills wide receiver Stefon Diggs is in the giving spirit this Christmas season. Diggs handed out an unexpected gift to some lucky Buffalo-area fast-food employees, and a post thanking him grabbed some viral attention. The Bills receiver has embraced a spirit of generosity this holiday season, taking other opportunities to give back to the Buffalo community. The latest Bills news straight to your inbox! Join the Heavy on Bills newsletter here! Join Heavy on Bills! Diggs Gives BackThe Bills wide receiver decided to give back after grabbing some fast food this week. An exuberant McDonald’s employee posted a video saying that Diggs came through the drive-thru and gave two crisp $100 bills to every employee there. “Okay, but you know you’re a real lucky motherf****r when Stefon Diggs comes through the f***ing drive-thru and hands you $200 each,” a worker exclaimed on Instagram. Merry Christmas to these Bills fans from Stefon Diggs. He pulled up to the drive through of the West Seneca McDonalds...
    OLYMPIC VALLEY — Six weeks ago, Cheryl Varner’s mornings were too warm, too sunny and too boring. She preferred the cold, snow-bitten pleasure of nabbing the first chair up Palisades Tahoe’s slopes — much as she’s done at the same lift here for nearly three decades. Luckily, Christmas came early this month. A series of recent storms pounding the Sierra Nevada mountains have offered a welcome respite from fears of a repeat, bone-dry winter that threatened to leave the area parched and prone to fire. And for a region internationally known for its alluring slopes and epic snowfall, the prospect of a white Christmas brought a sense of palpable relief this week. “This is as big a present as you can get,” said Varner, 70, who has been on the first chair up Palisades Tahoe’s ski lifts nearly every day for the last 25-plus years. Forecasters say at least five feet of snow — possibly more than 8 — could fall on Donner Pass and Lassen Park through Wednesday. And 5 to 6 feet could fall on Echo, Carson and...
    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Two people died in a submerged car, evacuations were ordered for wildfire-scarred California, and Seattle and Portland faced the rare chance of snowy streets as a wave of storms rolled through the West. An atmospheric river — a sky-born plume of moisture from the Pacific Ocean — was fueling the weather, which could dump rain and snow over much of the region through Christmas, while the Pacific Northwest was looking at a dayslong cold snap. READ MORE: Homes Evacuated After Fuel Tanker Overturns On I-680 In FremontOn Thursday, two people died when their car was submerged in a flooded underpass in Millbrae, just south of San Francisco. Firefighters rescued two people who had climbed atop a car but they couldn’t reach the fully submerged vehicle, San Mateo County sheriff’s Det. Javier Acosta said. In the Sierra Nevada, an evacuation warning was issued for about 150 homes downstream of Twain Harte Lake Dam after cracks were found in granite that adjoins the manmade part of the 36-foot-high (11-meter) structure. Authorities began releasing some water, but the dam...
    Southern California residents got a brief Christmas Eve reprieve from a powerful winter storm that brought flash flooding, snarled traffic and prompted evacuations in some burn areas around the region. The rain gave way to mostly sunny skies in the Los Angeles area early Friday, with scattered showers expected around the area through the afternoon. Thursday’s storm dropped more than an inch and a half of rain in downtown Los Angeles and pummeled much of Southern California. Camarillo Airport in Ventura County reported 2.6 inches of rain Thursday, and the Santa Barbara Airport saw just over 3 inches. In Orange County, John Wayne Airport reported 1.75 inches of rain. Some Southland areas could accumulate another quarter-inch to half an inch of rainfall throughout the day on Friday due to intermittent showers, according to the National Weather Service. California Photos: Storm brings voluntary evacuations The rain will persist intermittently — perhaps heavy at times — through the holiday weekend More rain and snow are headed to Southern California on Christmas Day and through next week. A...
    From Bethlehem and Frankfurt to London and Boston, the surging coronavirus put a damper on Christmas Eve for a second year, forcing churches to cancel or scale back services and disrupting travel plans and family gatherings. Drummers and bagpipers marched through Bethlehem — the town where Christians believe Jesus was born — to smaller than usual crowds after new Israeli travel restrictions meant to slow the highly contagious omicron variant kept international tourists away. In Germany, a line wound halfway around Cologne’s massive cathedral, not for midnight Mass but for vaccinations. The offer of shots was an expression of “care for one’s neighbor” that was consistent with the message of Christmas, cathedral provost Guido Assmann told the DPA news agency. Around the world, people weary from nearly two years of lockdowns and other restrictions searched for ways to enjoy some of the holiday rituals safely. “We can’t let the virus take our lives from us when we’re healthy,” said Rosalia Lopes, a retired Portuguese government worker who was doing some last-minute shopping in the coastal town of Cascais. She said...
    (CNN)Jack Frost is taking over the northern US for the holiday weekend, delivering heavy snowfall, plummeting temperatures, and a white Christmas to the Pacific Northwest. The northern cold stops short of the southern US, where balmy springlike temperatures will likely break records.An atmospheric river event along the West Coast is packing moisture into the region, forcing those in the Northwest to break out the shovels.Frightful winter weatherMillions of people are under winter weather alerts spanning the western US this holiday weekend.Two rounds of storms will batter the West Coast, creating hazardous travel conditions.Read MoreIn the initial round of storms pushing through Friday, heavy snowfall will mainly be confined to the higher elevation regions of the Sierra, Cascades and Rockies. Snow totals surpassing a foot are expected across the region. A second system of storms moving in Friday evening will cause more problems for the West, bearing heavy mountain snow and rainfall to the lower elevations -- alongside flash flood threats and dangerous travel conditions."Travel will be be hazardous, even impassable at times, in the hardest hit locations with towering snow...
    A WINTER storm could see 10 foot of snow dumped in California this Christmas. Officials have warned the Sierra Nevada could see 5 to 8 feet of snow through the holidays, with 10 feet possible at higher elevations. 3Traffic is stopped along a snow covered Interstate 80 at Donner Summit, California, on Thursday 3Seattle and Portland are also facing the rare chance of snowy streets as a wave of storms rolled through the West 3The Pacific Northwest was facing frigid temperatures and measurable snow was possible in both Seattle and Portland, forecasters said Authorities urged people to avoid traveling through the mountain passes, which could be treacherous. That came after two people died in a submerged car in a flooded underpass in Millbrae, just south of San Francisco. Seattle and Portland are also facing the rare chance of snowy streets as a wave of storms rolled through the West. COLD SNAP An atmospheric river — a sky-born plume of moisture from the Pacific Ocean — was fueling the weather. It could mean rain and snow over much...
    DENVER (CBS4) – Christmas arrived a day early for skiers and snowboarders in Colorado with more than foot of snow on Friday at many ski areas. No snow is expected in Denver but unusual rain showers are possible in the afternoon and early evening. A Winter Storm Warning continues through 11 a.m. Saturday for most mountain areas in the state. Additional snowfall from Friday morning through Saturday will average 6 to 12 inches for the mountains west of Vail Pass, Rabbit Ears Pass, Monarch Pass, and through the San Juan Mountains. For the mountains closer to Denver including Summit County and the I-70 corridor between Georgetown and Avon, additional snowfall will range from 5 to 10 inches. Farther north the Winter Park area and the Rocky Mountain Nationa Park Region should see an additional 8 to 15 inches. (source: CBS) For Denver and the Front Range, there is a chance for light rain showers mainly after 2 p.m. However, a few showers are possible earlier in the day especially around Fort Collins and Loveland. The overall chance for rain is better...