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FILE- In this Dec. 31, 2008 file photo, Allison Smith of Jacksonville, Fla, left, tries to keep warm as she and others take part in the New Year's Eve festivities in New York's Times Square. Brutal weather has iced plans for scores of events in the Northeast U.S. from New Year’s Eve through New Year’s Day, but not in New York City, where people will start gathering in Times Square up to nine hours before the famous ball drop. (AP Photo/Tina Fineberg, File)
December 30, 2017 - 12:22 am
Dress in layers, lay off the booze and bring some hand warmers. Those are some of the tips offered for the huge crowd of revelers expected in Times Square for what could be one of the coldest New Year's Eve ball drops on record. Brutal weather has iced plans for scores of events in the Northeast...
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FILE- In this Dec. 31, 2008 file photo, Allison Smith of Jacksonville, Fla, left, tries to keep warm as she and others take part in the New Year's Eve festivities in New York's Times Square. Brutal weather has iced plans for scores of events in the Northeast U.S. from New Year’s Eve through New Year’s Day, but not in New York City, where people will start gathering in Times Square up to nine hours before the famous ball drop. (AP Photo/Tina Fineberg, File)
December 30, 2017 - 12:19 am
Revelers who gather in Times Square for New Year's Eve will be tested by extreme cold — possibly the coldest New Year's Eve ball drop since 1917. New York City health officials are advising people to dress in layers and lay off the booze, which can hasten hypothermia, on Sunday night. The...
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FILE - In this Friday, July 7, 2017 file photo, Ringo Starr, center, is joined by guests including filmmaker David Lynch, left, and musician Edgar Winter, second from right, during a 77th birthday celebration for Starr outside Capitol Records, in Los Angeles. A Beatle and a Bee Gee have topped the list of celebrated people designated to receive knighthoods and other awards in the New Year’s Honors List. They are joined by a noted children’s author celebrated for “War Horse,” a politician who fought in vain to keep Britain in the European Union, and many others, including renowned researchers, volunteers and actors. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP, File)
December 29, 2017 - 5:48 pm
LONDON (AP) — A Beatle and a Bee Gee are among the celebrated citizens who have been selected for knighthood and other awards given in the name of Britain's monarch. Britain's Cabinet Office publishes a list of the people receiving honors for merit, service or bravery twice a year: just before New...
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FILE - In this Dec. 21. 2017, file photo, Defense Secretary Jim Mattis talks to U.S. Marine Corps troops at a rifle range at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. For only the second time since 9/11, America’s defense secretary didn’t visit U.S. troops in a war zone during December, breaking a longstanding tradition of personally and publicly thanking service members in combat who are separated from their families during the holiday season. (AP Photo/Robert Burns, File)
December 29, 2017 - 10:35 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — For only the second time since 9/11, America's defense secretary didn't visit U.S. troops in a war zone during December, breaking a long-standing tradition of personally and publicly thanking service members in combat who are separated from their families during the holiday season...
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FILE - In this Dec. 21. 2017, file photo, Defense Secretary Jim Mattis talks to U.S. Marine Corps troops at a rifle range at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. For only the second time since 9/11, America’s defense secretary didn’t visit U.S. troops in a war zone during December, breaking a longstanding tradition of personally and publicly thanking service members in combat who are separated from their families during the holiday season. (AP Photo/Robert Burns, File)
December 29, 2017 - 10:34 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — America's defense secretary didn't visit U.S. troops in a war zone during December, breaking a long-standing tradition of publicly thanking those separated from their families during the holidays. The only time since 9/11 that a Pentagon chief didn't go to the war front during the...
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FILE- In this Dec. 29, 2016 file photo, a pedestrian asks directions from two heavily armed counterterrorism officers stationed in Times Square in New York. New York Police Department officials say that while there are no specific or credible threats against the city, they are promising a bigger security detail than ever before at the Sunday, Dec. 31, 2017, New Year's Eve celebration in Times Square. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens, File)
December 29, 2017 - 9:57 am
NEW YORK (AP) — Police are promising a bigger security detail than ever before in Times Square for this year's New Year's Eve celebration, which will cap off a year that saw a number of deadly attacks, including a vehicle rampage at the very spot where revelers will ring in 2018. In addition to its...
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FILE - In this Nov. 23, 2017, file photo, Jesus Reyes pushes a television down an aisle as he shops at a Best Buy store in Overland Park, Kan. Just before the Super Bowl, retailers normally discount their selections of HDTVs and other home-theater essentials making January a good month to shop for electronics. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel, File)
December 29, 2017 - 9:40 am
In 2018, you may resolve to save more , spend less or budget better . Whatever your money goal, the one common key to your success is shopping smart. That means knowing the best time to buy just about anything. To help you out, we've created a purchase calendar to help you plan your shopping for...
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FILE- In this Dec. 31, 2015 file photo, police officers gather at the southern end of Times Square to receive their assignments for New Year's Eve in New York. New York Police Department officials say that while there are no specific or credible threats against the city, they are promising a bigger security detail than ever before at the Sunday, Dec. 31, 2017, New Year's Eve celebration in Times Square. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)
December 29, 2017 - 1:36 am
NEW YORK (AP) — Police are promising a bigger security detail than ever before at the New Year's Eve celebration in Times Square. New York Police Department officials say that while there are no specific or credible threats against the city, they're taking no chances. Spectators must arrive through...
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People ice skate at Bryant Park, Thursday, Dec. 28, 2017, in New York. A large swath of northern New York is encased in ice and snow after days of lake-effect storms followed by an arctic cold front sending temperatures well below zero. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)
December 28, 2017 - 8:00 pm
PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Plunging temperatures across half the country on Thursday underscored a stark reality for low-income Americans who rely on heating aid: Their dollars aren't going to go as far this winter because of rising energy costs. Forecasters warned people to be wary of hypothermia and...
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Joe Scharpf cross country skis on a trail after a fresh snowfall in the south chagrin reservation of the Cleveland Metroparks, Thursday, Dec. 28, 2017, in Moreland Hills, Ohio. Scharpf said he will ski about 6 miles on the trail. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)
December 28, 2017 - 4:41 pm
PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Plunging temperatures across half the country on Thursday underscored a stark reality for low-income Americans who rely on heating aid: Their dollars aren't going to go as far this winter because of rising energy costs. Forecasters warned people to be wary of hypothermia and...
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