JERUSALEM (AP) — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was glowing as he stepped up to a podium in the backyard of his Jerusalem home to welcome U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to a...
JERUSALEM (AP) — President Donald Trump abruptly declared Thursday the U.S. will recognize Israel's sovereignty over the disputed Golan Heights, a major shift in American policy that gives Israeli...
MOSUL, Iraq (AP) — A ferry overloaded with people celebrating the Kurdish new year and Mother's Day capsized in the Tigris River near the Iraqi city of Mosul on Thursday, killing nearly 100...
Maine House OKs switch to Indigenous Peoples Day
AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — A proposal to trade the Columbus Day holiday for a tribute to Native Americans has received initial approval in the Maine House.
Colorado town cancels 4th of July fireworks display
FRISCO, Colo. (AP) — A Colorado town has cancelled plans for its annual Fourth of July fireworks display due to safety and other concerns.
The Summit Daily reported Monday that the town of...
Irish star Conlan wins again on St. Patrick’s Day in NY
NEW YORK (AP) — The party starts long before the fight when Michael Conlan comes to New York on St. Patrick's Day.
But in the midst of his latest victory celebration at Madison Square...
NEW YORK (AP) — When small business owners want to divine what consumer spending trends will be months from now, their methods can be as sophisticated as internet analytics or as basic as plain...
HONOLULU (AP) — The tourism industry in Hawaii is anticipating a boost from a stretch of Japanese holidays known as "Golden Week" that has been extended this year.
WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. consumer spending tumbled 0.5 percent in December, the biggest decline in nine years, as the holiday shopping season ended in disappointment. Meanwhile, incomes rose sharply...
Help wanted: Volunteers needed to sustain traditions
SUNBURY, Pa. (AP) — Volunteers power the community events that define summertime and holidays in the Valley.
Now, the steady flow of new helpers needed to re-energize these events has slowed...
New Mexico Cesar Chavez, Dennis Chavez holiday clears House
SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A proposed state holiday in honor of the late U.S. Sen. Dennis Chavez of New Mexico and the late farmworker union leader Cesar Chavez of California has passed the New Mexico...
Trump books Lincoln Memorial for July 4th gala he’ll host
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump says he'll host a July Fourth celebration at the Lincoln Memorial. And though the event he's calling "A Salute to America" is months away, he's boasting...
Sex offender arrested after attending holiday party as elf
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — An Arkansas man registered as a sex offender has been arrested after going to an elementary school and dressing up as an elf for a Christmas party last year.
Bill would rename Columbus Day to Indigenous Peoples Day
AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — A proposal to trade Maine's state Columbus Day holiday for a tribute to Native Americans is moving forward.
The Legislature's State and Local Government Committee voted...
Mixed finish for US stock indexes over weak retail sales
U.S. stock indexes clawed most of the way back from an early slide Thursday to finish mostly lower, ending a four-day winning streak for the benchmark S&P 500 index.
Losses in banks and retailers and consumer products makers offset gains in health care stocks, technology companies and elsewhere in the market as investors weighed new data showing retail sales slumped in December amid a disappointing holiday shopping season.
National Retail Group: holiday sales fell short
NEW YORK (AP) — The National Retail Federation, the nation's largest retail trade group, said that holiday sales increased a lower-than-expected 2.9 percent as worries about the trade war with China, the government shutdown and stock market turmoil dampened shopper spending in December.
Petal to metal: Rose inspections didn’t stop during shutdown
MIAMI (AP) — Throughout the five-week government shutdown, one essential government service continued at Miami International Airport: checking for exotic bugs in bunches of roses destined for Valentine's Day bouquets.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection agriculture inspectors kept up their round-the-clock inspections without pay just as the pre-holiday rush of flower imports started to peak.
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Bill would rename Columbus Day to Indigenous Peoples Day
AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Maine lawmakers are set to consider trading the Columbus Day holiday for a tribute to Native Americans.
The Legislature's State and Local Government Committee is set to hold a hearing on the bill Monday.
Democratic Rep. Benjamin Collings of Portland sponsored the bill that renames the state holiday celebrated on the second Monday in October to Indigenous Peoples Day.
Votes on minimum wage, abortion rights loom in New Mexico
SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The state House of Representatives is poised to vote on Democratic-sponsored bills to raise the statewide minimum wage, guarantee abortion rights and replace the Columbus Day holiday with Indigenous Peoples' Day.
House Speaker Brian Egolf planned for lengthy deliberations Wednesday on the initiatives.
Asia welcomes Year of the Pig with banquets, temple visits
BEIJING (AP) — Asia welcomed the lunar Year of the Pig on Tuesday with visits to temples, family banquets and the world's biggest travel spree.
Celebrations took place throughout the region, from Beijing and Seoul to Hanoi and Singapore.
The streets of Beijing and other major Chinese cities were quiet and empty after millions of people left to visit relatives or travel abroad during the year's biggest family holiday.
China greets Lunar New Year with celebrations, travel rush
BEIJING (AP) — China is greeting next week's Lunar New Year with celebrations and a travel rush that will see an estimated 3 billion trips by people around the country.
Thousands of passengers toted bundles of clothes and gifts at Beijing train station Friday, ahead of the most important holiday on the Chinese calendar. It's a time for people to return to their hometowns to reunite with family and friends.
New Mexico bill to rename Columbus Day clears hurdle
SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A New Mexico proposal that would trade the Columbus Day holiday for a tribute to Native Americans instead has cleared another hurdle.
The New Mexico House Consumer and Public Affairs Committee unanimously passed Tuesday a measure to rename Columbus Day as Indigenous Peoples' Day.
Sandia Pueblo tribal member and Democratic state Rep. Derrick Lente sponsored the bill that renames the state holiday celebrated on the second Monday in October.
Apple opens new chapter amid weakening iPhone demand
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Apple hoped to offset slowing demand for iPhones by raising the prices of its most important product, but that strategy seems to have backfired after sales sagged during the holiday shopping season.
Results released Tuesday revealed the magnitude of the iPhone slump — a 15 percent drop in revenue from the previous year. That decline in Apple's most profitable product caused Apple's total earnings for the October-December quarter to dip slightly to $20 billion.
Off the Charts: Holiday heartbreak for retailers
NEW YORK (AP) — The holiday season was a brutal one for U.S. retailers, especially department stores and companies that sell luxury products, and companies and investors alike didn't see it coming.
The U.S. economy has been growing at a steady pace, and unemployment is low and consumer confidence is high. That seemed to set the stage for strong sales over the holidays, but companies including Macy's, Nordstrom and Signet all said they struggled badly over the critical December shopping period.
Virginia House OKs Election Day as public school holiday
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — The Virginia House of Delegates has passed a bill requiring state public schools treat Election Day as a school holiday.
King events draw potential Democratic presidential hopefuls
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — As Americans commemorated Martin Luther King Jr., Democratic presidential hopefuls fanned out across the country to honor the civil rights leader and make themselves heard on the national stage.
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Fournier, Vucevic power Magic past Hawks, 122-103
ATLANTA (AP) — Though only 11th in the Eastern Conference standings, the Orlando Magic are talking about their playoff hopes.
One spot back in 12th, the Atlanta Hawks have not shown the consistency needed to join that discussion.
Evan Fournier and Nikola Vucevic scored 29 points apiece to lead the Magic to a 122-103 victory over the Hawks on Monday in the season's first matchup between the Southeast Division rivals.
Trump marks MLK day with memorial visit
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump paid a brief visit to the Martin Luther King Jr. memorial in Washington on the holiday honoring the civil rights leader.
Trump was joined by Vice President Mike Pence on a frigid and windy day. The two laid a wreath at the foot of the memorial, then held a brief moment of silence.
Trump told reporters as he departed that it was a "great day" and a "beautiful day," but did not respond to questions about the partial government shutdown, now in its 31st day.
New Hampshire mourns civil rights leader Hilson on MLK Day
PORTSMOUTH, N.H. (AP) — New Hampshire is both observing Martin Luther King Jr. Day and mourning the death of a man who led efforts to establish the holiday in the state.
The Rev. Arthur Hilson, of Portsmouth, died Saturday of pancreatic cancer at age 82.
People across Illinois honor King with service, celebrations
CHICAGO (AP) — People across Illinois are honoring Martin Luther King Jr. with service projects, meals and celebrations.
Monday's holiday recognizes the civil rights leader, who was born on Jan. 15, 1929. Illinois in 1973 was the first state to declare his birthday a holiday.
Serve Illinois, the state's commission on volunteerism, encouraged residents to "make it a day on, not a day off."
NBA players, coaches appreciate chance to play on MLK Day
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Kevin Durant cherishes the opportunity to honor Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. by playing basketball on the holiday that celebrates the civil rights leader.
Mills restarts tradition of attending NAACP event on MLK Day
AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Democratic Gov. Janet Mills is renewing a tradition abandoned by her predecessor of celebrating the holiday honoring Martin Luther King Jr. with the NAACP in Maine's largest city.
Mills, the state's first female governor, is set to participate in a private dialogue Monday with students of color hosted by the Portland chapter of the NAACP at the Holiday Inn by the Bay. She's also set to deliver public remarks at the event that typically draws 700 people.
Lawmaker seeks to separate MLK, Robert E. Lee holidays
MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — A Birmingham lawmaker wants to separate the Alabama holiday that jointly honors slain civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. and Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee.
Mississippi and Alabama are the only two states that on Monday will jointly honor King and Lee with a single state holiday.
State Rep. John Rogers, a Birmingham Democrat, plans to introduce legislation to split the two and move Lee's holiday to Confederate Memorial Day, which is held in April.
The Latest: TSA adds personnel to Newark, N.J., airport
ATLANTA (AP) — The Latest on the impact of the partial government shutdown on the travel industry (all times local):
Federal officials are sending extra security screeners to beef up staffing at checkpoints at the airport in Newark, New Jersey.
A Transportation Security Administration spokesman confirmed the move Friday but didn't give numbers. An airport official says TSA is sending 10 more people.
Tiffany holiday sales slip as Chinese tourists spend less
NEW YORK (AP) — Tiffany & Co. says holiday shoppers and Chinese tourists spent less on its bling.
Atlanta’s King historic site to reopen with help from Delta
ATLANTA (AP) — A national landmark honoring slain civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. is closed due to the partial government shutdown, but will reopen in time for the King holiday with some corporate help.
Delta Air Lines announced Friday that the Martin Luther King Jr. National Historical Park in Atlanta will reopen Saturday, in time for Monday's Martin Luther King Jr. Day.
What to buy every month in 2019
A new year brings an expectation to set the perfect resolution.
Here's an idea: Resolve to buy all of the things you want and need, but pay less money for them.
Millennial Money: Use post-holiday sales to treat yourself
Much like Santa, you spent this holiday season delivering gifts to your family members and friends.
But now that the flurry of tinsel and wrapping paper has settled, it's time to be your own Santa. Don't worry, no dropping through a chimney required. Just the gift-giving — and, OK, maybe the cookies, too.
Indiana BMV branches closed Saturday-Monday for King holiday
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The Indiana Bureau of Motor Vehicle says all of its license branches will be closed Saturday through Monday in observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day.
The BMV says all branches will resume regularly scheduled business hours on Tuesday.
For a complete list of branch locations and hours, to complete an online transaction, or to find a 24-hour BMV Connect kiosk near you, visit www.in.gov/bmv/ .
Lieutenant governor speaks at Martin Luther King Jr. event
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio's new lieutenant governor spoke of the importance of understanding diversity in his address at a Martin Luther King Jr. Day celebration in the state's capital city.
Thieves vandalize, steal from Prescott Valley light display
PRESCOTT VALLEY, Ariz. (AP) — Authorities in Prescott Valley say someone last month damaged a popular holiday light display and then stole accompanying equipment.
Prescott Valley police said Tuesday they are seeking the public's help in finding the suspects who committed the Grinch-ly act just two days before Christmas.
According to police, several displays at the Valley of Lights near Fain Park were left damaged Dec. 23.
Principal who banned Christmas from school won’t return
OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — A Nebraska principal placed on leave after a Christian group threatened legal action over her ban on Christmas and holiday symbols has been moved into a different district job.
Elkhorn Public Schools Superintendent Bary Habrock told parents and staff Monday evening that Jennifer Sinclair won't be returning to Manchester Elementary School in Omaha.
Young Maine hunters might get own season for wild turkeys
AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Maine's young hunters might get their own turkey hunting season if a proposal makes its way through the Statehouse.
Republican Rep. William Tuell of East Machias has proposed the creation of a special season for the wild turkeys that would take place around Thanksgiving. Tuell's bill says the season would stretch from the Monday before Thanksgiving Day to the Saturday after the holiday. Youth hunters who have a valid license would be allowed to harvest one bird.
Government shutdown won’t stop MLK holiday week observances
ATLANTA (AP) — The government shutdown has shuttered popular Atlanta tourist attractions tied to the life of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. but won't derail 10 days of events leading up to Jan. 21 — the federal holiday honoring the late civil rights leader.
Bosnian Serbs celebrate day that kicked off devastating war
BANJA LUKA, Bosnia-Herzegovina (AP) — Threatening Bosnia's fragile peace, Bosnian Serbs on Wednesday celebrated a holiday associated with a bloody civil war and criticized as divisive by the Balkan country's other ethnic groups.
Waving Serb flags, several thousand people lined up in the main Serb city of Banja Luka to watch a celebratory parade of security forces, firefighters and cultural and sports groups.
New Mexico holiday proposed for Cesar Chavez, Dennis Chavez
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A state lawmaker is proposing a state holiday in honor of the late U.S. Sen. Dennis Chavez of New Mexico and the late farmworker union leader Cesar Chavez of California.
New Mexico Rep. Miguel P. Garcia has pre-filed a bill that would designate the first Friday of every April as "Dennis Chavez and Cesar Chavez Day" to honor two Hispanic figures who played a key role in Latino civil rights.
Family returns from holiday trip, finds man staying in home
MARIETTA, Ga. (AP) — An Atlanta-area family says they returned home from holiday travel to find someone else living in their house.
WSB-TV quotes Janice Henson as saying the key wouldn't turn when they returned Wednesday. A man who came to the door told her to leave and said it was his home now. She called police.
Mexicans hand gifts from cars on Three Kings Day
MEXICO CITY (AP) — More than a dozen women and children in dingy clothes encircled a white sedan in front of Mexico's most-important monument, walking away with plastic trucks and dolls individually wrapped in clear plastic bags. After the sedan ran out of presents, a silver SUV pulled up to unload jump ropes and plastic balls.