Occasions

FILE – In this Dec. 24, 2017, file photo, Canadian Lt. Maj. Chris Hache takes a call while volunteering at the NORAD Tracks Santa center at Peterson Air Force Base in Colorado Springs, Colo. Hundreds of volunteers will help answer the phones again when the program resumes on Monday, Dec. 24, 2018, for the 63rd year. Children from around the world call to ask when Santa Claus will get to their house. (Jerilee Bennett/The Gazette via AP, File)
December 23, 2018 - 8:45 am
DENVER (AP) — The government may be partially shut down, but that won't stop hundreds of volunteers dressed in Christmas hats and military uniforms Monday from taking calls from children around the world who want to know when Santa will be coming. The military says the NORAD Tracks Santa won't be...
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The moon rises behind the North Portico of the White House, Saturday, Dec. 22, 2018, in Washington. The partial federal shutdown was expected to drag into Christmas as President Donald Trump and congressional leaders remained stuck in a standoff over the border wall with Mexico. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
December 23, 2018 - 6:02 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — The federal government is expected to remain partially closed past Christmas Day in a protracted standoff over President Donald Trump's demand for money to build a border wall with Mexico. With Trump's insistence on $5 billion for the wall and negotiations with Democrats in...
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Japan's Emperor Akihito waves to well-wishers as they appear on the balcony of the Imperial Palace to mark the emperor's 85th birthday in Tokyo Sunday, Dec. 23, 2018. Emperor Akihito, marking his birthday — his last before his upcoming abdication — said he feels relieved that his reign is coming to an end without having seen his country at war and that it is important to keep telling younger people about his nation's wartime history.(AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko)
December 23, 2018 - 2:36 am
TOKYO (AP) — Japan's Emperor Akihito, marking his 85th birthday — his last before his upcoming abdication — said he feels relieved that his reign is coming to an end without having seen his country at war and that it is important to keep telling younger people about his nation's wartime history. "...
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The moon rises behind the North Portico of the White House, Saturday, Dec. 22, 2018, in Washington. The partial federal shutdown was expected to drag into Christmas as President Donald Trump and congressional leaders remained stuck in a standoff over the border wall with Mexico. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
December 23, 2018 - 12:10 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — The federal government is expected to remain partially closed past Christmas Day in a protracted standoff over President Donald Trump's demand for money to build a border wall with Mexico. With Trump's insistence on $5 billion for the wall and negotiations with Democrats in...
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In this Dec. 20, 2018, photo, Japan's Emperor Akihito speaks during a press conference, ahead of his Dec. 23, 2018, birthday at the Imperial Palace in Tokyo. Emperor Akihito, marking his 85th birthday — his last before his upcoming abdication — said he feels relieved that his reign is coming to an end without having seen his country at war and that it is important to keep telling younger people about his nation's wartime history. (Kyodo News via AP)
December 22, 2018 - 10:59 pm
TOKYO (AP) — Japan's Emperor Akihito, marking his 85th birthday — his last before his upcoming abdication — said he feels relieved that his reign is coming to an end without having seen his country at war and that it is important to keep telling younger people about his nation's wartime history. "...
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The Capitol is seen on the first morning of a partial government shutdown, as Democratic and Republican lawmakers are at a standoff with President Donald Trump on spending for his border wall, in Washington, Saturday, Dec. 22, 2018. A partial federal shutdown took hold early Saturday after Democrats refused to meet President Donald Trump's demands for $5 billion to start erecting a wall with Mexico. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
December 22, 2018 - 8:28 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — The federal government was expected to remain partially shut down past Christmas as the standoff deepened Saturday over President Donald Trump's demand for funds to build a border wall with Mexico. With Trump's insistence on $5 billion for the wall and negotiations with Democrats...
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The Capitol is seen on the first morning of a partial government shutdown, as Democratic and Republican lawmakers are at a standoff with President Donald Trump on spending for his border wall, in Washington, Saturday, Dec. 22, 2018. A partial federal shutdown took hold early Saturday after Democrats refused to meet President Donald Trump's demands for $5 billion to start erecting a wall with Mexico. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
December 22, 2018 - 7:34 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — The federal government was expected to remain partially shut down past Christmas as the standoff deepened Saturday over President Donald Trump's demand for funds to build a border wall with Mexico. With Trump's insistence on $5 billion for the wall and negotiations with Democrats...
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The setting sun illuminates clouds behind the White House during a partial federal shutdown, Saturday, Dec. 22, 2018, in Washington. The partial federal shutdown was expected to drag into Christmas as President Donald Trump and congressional leaders remained stuck in a standoff over his border wall with Mexico. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
December 22, 2018 - 7:33 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on the government shutdown (all times local): 7:30 p.m. The federal government is expected to remain partially shut down past Christmas. The standoff over President Donald Trump's demand for $5 billion to build a border wall with Mexico deepened on Saturday. Democrats...
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The Capitol is seen on the first morning of a partial government shutdown, as Democratic and Republican lawmakers are at a standoff with President Donald Trump on spending for his border wall, in Washington, Saturday, Dec. 22, 2018. A partial federal shutdown took hold early Saturday after Democrats refused to meet President Donald Trump's demands for $5 billion to start erecting a wall with Mexico. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
December 22, 2018 - 6:15 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — The federal government was expected to remain partially shut down well into Christmas as the standoff deepened Saturday over President Donald Trump's demand for funds to build a border wall with Mexico. With Trump's insistence on $5 billion for the wall and negotiations with...
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The setting sun illuminates clouds behind the White House during a partial federal shutdown, Saturday, Dec. 22, 2018, in Washington. The partial federal shutdown was expected to drag into Christmas as President Donald Trump and congressional leaders remained stuck in a standoff over his border wall with Mexico. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
December 22, 2018 - 6:00 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on the government shutdown (all times local): 5:40 p.m. President Donald Trump will spend Christmas in Washington due to the partial government shutdown. White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders says Trump's wife, Melania, will fly back from Florida so they...
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