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In this Dec. 22, 2017 photo, a group from the Mormon community sing Christmas carols at Venezuela square in Caracas, Venezuela. Venezuela, a country of 30 million people, sits atop the world's largest oil reserves, but global crude prices crashed three years ago, sending the economy into free fall and sparking social unrest, making this Christmas one with few things to celebrate about. (AP Photo/Fernando Llano)
December 24, 2017 - 10:51 am
CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Marilyn Pitre recalls taking her family on evening strolls at Christmas time through Altamira Plaza in Venezuela's capital, soaking up the dazzling lights and giant tree made of light bulbs in a display that once drew comparisons to New York City's Rockefeller Center. That...
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A Palestinian dressed as Santa Claus argues with an Israeli border police during a protest in the West Bank city of Bethlehem, Saturday, Dec. 23, 2017. (AP Photo/Nasser Shiyoukhi)
December 24, 2017 - 7:28 am
JERUSALEM (AP) — Palestinians are preparing to celebrate Christmas in the West Bank city of Bethlehem, the historic birthplace of Jesus. Sunday's festivities are being held against the backdrop of protests over President Donald Trump's declaration of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. Vatican...
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A Palestinian dressed as Santa Claus argues with an Israeli border police during a protest in the West Bank city of Bethlehem, Saturday, Dec. 23, 2017. (AP Photo/Nasser Shiyoukhi)
December 24, 2017 - 6:56 am
JERUSALEM (AP) — Palestinians are preparing to celebrate Christmas in the West Bank city of Bethlehem, the historic birthplace of Jesus. Sunday's festivities are being held against the backdrop of protests over President Donald Trump's declaration of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. Vatican...
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The Christmas tree in Nashville, Tenn.'s Public Square Park lies on its side on Saturday, Dec. 23, 2017. City officials say the culprit was a combination of wind, rain and possibly a defective anchor. A 35-foot tall Christmas tree still stands outside the state Capitol, which is not far from where this tree fell. (Kyle Cooke, Danielle Allen/WSMV via AP)
December 23, 2017 - 6:08 pm
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — O Christmas Tree! A Grinch of a storm has toppled the official holiday spruce in Tennessee's capital city. Area media outlets report that Nashville's 40-foot (12-meter) Norway spruce was toppled overnight, with officials blaming a combination of wind, rain and possibly a...
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December 23, 2017 - 10:37 am
BOURNE, Mass. (AP) — A Massachusetts teacher is one tough cookie — he cut his finger on the Food Network's "Christmas Cookie Challenge" show and still won the competition. Doug Alley lives in Rhode Island but teaches culinary arts at Upper Cape Cod Regional Technical School in Bourne, Massachusetts...
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In this Wednesday, Dec. 20, 2017, photo, a clerk picks an item from a shelf and scans it with a hand-held device to fill a customer order at the Amazon Prime warehouse in New York. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)
December 23, 2017 - 9:30 am
NEW YORK (AP) — From app to scanner to cart to paper bag to delivery. Inside an Amazon Now facility, there are no robots or conveyor belts. Instead, workers push carts through the aisles to assemble orders — with crushable items like potato chips on the top. Then the orders are off to delivery...
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December 23, 2017 - 4:01 am
ZAMBOANGA, Philippines (AP) — A tropical storm unleashed flash floods and set off landslides in the southern Philippines at a peak time for travel and Christmas preparations, leaving at least 75 people dead and 58 others missing, officials said Saturday. Romina Marasigan of the government's...
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December 23, 2017 - 2:52 am
ZAMBOANGA, Philippines (AP) — A tropical storm unleashed flash floods and set off landslides in the southern Philippines at a peak time for travel and Christmas preparations, leaving at least 53 dead and several missing, officials said Saturday. Mayor Bong Edding of Zamboanga del Norte province's...
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December 23, 2017 - 2:50 am
ZAMBOANGA, Philippines (AP) — A tropical storm unleashed flash floods and set off landslides in the southern Philippines at a peak time for travel and Christmas preparations, leaving at least 53 dead and several missing, officials said Saturday. Mayor Bong Edding of Zamboanga del Norte province's...
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FILE - In this Sept. 28, 2017, file photo, Marijuana plants are displayed at the Green Goat Family Farms stand at "The State of Cannabis," a California industry group meeting in Long Beach, Calif. There will be no legal pot party in Los Angeles on Jan. 1. California kicks off recreational sales on New Year's Day, becoming the largest state in the nation with legal cannabis for adults. But Los Angeles officials announced Friday, Dec. 22, 2017, that dispensaries in the city won't be part of the celebration. The city won't begin accepting applications to sell legal recreational pot until Jan. 3, 2018, and it could take weeks before those businesses are properly licensed with the city and state. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes, File)
December 22, 2017 - 8:23 pm
LOS ANGELES (AP) — There will be no legal pot party in Los Angeles on Jan. 1. California kicks off recreational sales on New Year's Day, becoming the largest state in the nation with legal marijuana. But Los Angeles officials announced Friday that dispensaries in the city won't be part of the...
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