This season's Orange Bowl is moving to Dec. 30, with a prime-time kickoff, after originally being scheduled to be played the afternoon of New Year's Day.
Friendships, thrills help keep generations of Ski Nuts going
PADUCAH, Ky. (AP) — At first glance, the New Year's Day tradition a group of regional water-skiers has adopted may seem a bit, well, nuts.
But the Kentucky Lake Ski Nuts have proven their annual ritual has staying power: Members have braved occasional below-freezing temperatures and lakes encrusted with ice every Jan. 1 for 41 consecutive years.
First Day Hike tradition celebrates new year in nature
SEVEN SPRINGS, N.C. (AP) — Quinn Sigman and her sister Peighton Sigman raced through the woods, leaped over tree roots and trudged up steep hills at Cliffs of the Neuse State Park on the afternoon of Jan. 1 — all while wearing tutus, spotted leggings and a pair of shiny cat ears on their heads.
Man impaled on statue during Mummers Parade
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Authorities say a man slipped and impaled himself on a statue during the annual New Year's Day Mummers Parade in Philadelphia.
Fire officials say the man climbed onto the George Washington statue in Eakins Oval around 4 p.m. Tuesday, slipped and impaled himself on a statue below.
The man has been taken to Hahnemann Hospital where he is being treated for non-life threatening injuries.
With Colts’ playoff drought over, Luck takes center stage
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Andrew Luck spent last January just like the previous two — watching playoff games from afar and hoping for a chance to return.
This weekend he's officially back.
After a coaching change, a major roster overhaul and nearly two years removed from shoulder surgery, the Indianapolis Colts quarterback celebrated New Year's Day by prepping for Saturday's wild-card game in his hometown of Houston.
130th Rose Parade boasts floral floats, singer Chaka Khan
PASADENA, Calif. (AP) — Floral floats and marching bands took to the streets under a sunny California sky as the 130th Rose Parade drew hundreds of thousands of spectators on New Year's Day and millions more watched on TV.
Among the fanciful floats was an award-winning entry from the UPS Store that featured a book-reading, ballet-practicing ostrich named Olive decked out with more than 30,000 pale pink carnations.
Hundreds at Coney Island Polar Bear plunge
Hundreds take relatively mild Coney Island Polar Bear plunge
NEW YORK (AP) — By the standards of the Coney Island Polar Bear Club, it was practically a day at the beach for participants in the annual New Year's Day dip in the ocean off New York City.
Hundreds of people took the plunge Tuesday afternoon, when the unseasonably warm temperature was in the high 50s (13 to 15 Celsius).
It was quite a departure from last year, when the temperature was just 17 degrees, (minus 8 Celsius).
Rose Parade to see cold, blustery weather
PASADENA, Calif. (AP) — People planning to attend the New Year's Day Rose Parade and Rose Bowl football game should prepare for cold and blustery conditions.
The National Weather Service says cold Santa Ana winds will increase in strength and become more widespread late on New Year's Eve and through much of New Year's Day.
Forecasters say the parade and game in Pasadena could see gusts up to 35 mph (56 kph) along with wind-chill readings in the 30s during early morning hours.
Several Massachusetts locations hosting First Day Hikes
BOSTON (AP) — Outdoor enthusiasts across Massachusetts are being invited to participate in a First Day Hike, the New Year's Day tradition that started in the Bay State in 1992 and has since spread to all 50 states.
After a decade of dormancy, Chaka Khan blooms again
PASADENA, Calif. (AP) — If Chaka Khan were a flower, she'd be a perennial.
"Because I go dormant and then I..." Khan stops and gracefully lifts her arms together, then slowly brings her hands apart, like a tulip emerging in spring.
"I've done it many, many times," explained the singer, perhaps best known for her multimillion selling 1984 cover of Prince's "I Feel For You."
Woman killed in Lawrence will be honored in Rose Parade
LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) — A 22-year-old woman who was killed by a stray bullet in Lawrence will be honored in the Rose Bowl Parade.
Leah Brown, of Shawnee, will be one of about 40 organ, eye and tissue donors from across the country who will be remembered on a Donate Life Rose Parade Float on New Year's Day in Pasadena, California.
Teenager killed in crash to be honored as organ donor
CAMDEN, S.C. (AP) — A 17-year-old who likely saved four lives donating his organs after his death in a car crash will be the South Carolinian honored on a Rose Parade float on New Year's Day.
Sharing Hope SC says it is creating a portrait made with flowers to honor Drew David, who died in a 2015 crash.
A ceremony will be held Tuesday at Camden High School to allow David's friends and family to put the final flowers into the portrait. David played football and baseball at the high school.
Marshall University marching band to perform in London
HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (AP) — Marshall University's marching band will perform in the 2020 New Year's Day Parade in London.
The university says in a news release the Marching Thunder was selected in part because of its performance at an event in Rome in 2016. The London trip will include several days of educational tours and sightseeing.
A motorist in a two-vehicle crash in the southwest metro on New Years Day has died, authorities said Thursday.
Rebecca L. Proteaux, 69, was traveling on Hwy. 101 near Huber Park in Shakopee early in the evening, when another vehicle struck her, according to the Hennepin County medical examiners office.
Proteaux, of Shakopee, was hospitalized at Hennepin County Medical Center and died Sunday, the medical examiners office said.
Nothing was going to keep Francois Clerfe from witnessing the birth of his first child.
On Dec. 30, Clerfe, a combat engineer in the US army, was at his post in Iraq. Ten flights and thousands of miles later, he was in a California hospital with his wife, Natalia Svistunova, on New Year's Day, arriving just in time to see his daughter born. “Kuwait to Turkey, Turkey to Frankfurt, Frankfurt to Baltimore, Baltimore to Atlanta,” Clerfe said of his trip, which eventually ended in Monterey.
Polar plungers brave icy waters to bring in the new year
FAYETTEVILLE, W.Va. (AP) — It was "far and away" the coldest year yet for the Fayette Station Polar Plunge, but the well-below-freezing temperatures didn't stop a couple dozen locals from taking part in the New Year's Day tradition.
After drying himself as best as he could, a fifth-year participant stood by the water's edge in a puffy lime green jacket. Water from the river had crystalized in his thick beard.
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$1.2 million in damage from fireworks in Harris County
HOUSTON (AP) — The Harris County Fire Marshal's Office says a dozen fires blamed on fireworks in unincorporated areas of Texas' most populous county over New Year's Eve and New Year's Day caused about $1.2 million in damage.
Fire Marshal Mike Montgomery says seven of the blazes were the result of improperly discarded fireworks. He says that problem could be eased if people discarded fireworks in water and in a metal trash can away from buildings or combustible materials.
103-year-old woman reflects on change in Concord
BOW, N.H. (AP) — Dora Bresaw has lived in the Concord area most of her life, but she says there isn't much about Main Street she recognizes anymore.
There are too many new stores and cafes downtown, Bresaw says; street names have changed, and parking costs more than it used to.
"To me, it's just not Concord," the 103-year-old said at her home in Bow on Friday.
The Concord of Bresaw's memory is a far different place from that of today - one with horses, buggies and one-room schoolhouses.
Robert Hymes spent New Year's Eve 1985 trying to free his truck from the mud in his pasture. He tried to pull it out with a tractor, but the tractor got stuck too.
Standing in ankle-deep mud, Hymes and his then-wife, Kirby, used a chain hoist to free the truck and tractor. As Hymes finished washing the truck at 9:30 that night, Kirby went into labor and the couple rushed to the hospital.
Elly Marie, born at 12:52 a.m., was Beaumont's first baby of 1986.
HUNTINGTON — One family knew something special was about to arrive Sunday night as they watched NBC's coverage of the ball drop in New York's Times Square, but not just the new year.
The Zeiglers counted down with the TV and others in the room. "Two, one — all right, start pushing," Stephen Zeigler told his wife, Kendra, as doctors, nurses and family surrounded them.
Mummers parade goes on as planned despite bone-chilling cold
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Thousands of marchers have braved bone-chilling temperatures and wind chills to take part in Philadelphia's annual Mummers Parade, the oldest continuous folk parade in the country.
New Year’s Day pizza party encourages the homeless to seek shelter in freezing weather
The freezing temperatures that kicked off 2018 and will linger through the week are dangerous, but some people lack a safe, warm place to call home.
With temperatures in the teens last night, 475 people took shelter at the Durham Rescue Mission and the Good Samaritan Inn on Knox Street. More people are expected Monday night as the mercury plunges again, amid a wind child advisory that was issued for several counties, including Durham.
Brave souls make annual New Year’s plunge into Ohio river
WATERVILLE, Ohio (AP) — Several people have repeated an annual New Year's Day tradition by plunging into Ohio's Maumee River near Toledo.
The Blade reports temperatures hovered around 10 degrees Monday, much colder than last year.
Floats, marching bands hit the street for 129th Rose Parade
PASADENA, Calif. (AP) — With a nod of thanks to military veterans, marching bands and floral floats took to the streets under sunny California skies as the 129th Rose Parade drew hundreds of thousands of spectators on New Year's Day and millions more watched on TV.
Among the fanciful floats was an award-winning entry from China Airlines featuring a scuba diver floating above fish and a coral reef.
Hundreds take part in frigid Coney Island Polar Bear plunge
NEW YORK (AP) — The sky was sunny and the water was freezing at Coney Island, where several hundred people, cheered on by hundreds more, ran into the ocean Monday to mark the start of 2018.
While some dressed in dinosaur or penguin outfits, others wore nothing but underwear or bathing suits at the annual Coney Island New Year's Day Polar Plunge, a New York tradition since 1903.
An 8-pound, 11-ounce boy born at 12:07 a.m. New Year's Day was Allen County's first baby of 2018, Parkview Health said today.
The boy was partially identified as Quinton Jamarr, the hospital said in a statement. It said it would provide no additional information about the child.
New year off to a freezing cold start across the South
ATLANTA (AP) — The new year got off to a freezing cold start across the South.
Revelers shivered as they celebrated New Year's Eve, and the frigid weather continued into New Year's Day on Monday. And the cold was expected to linger, with highs forecast to stay in the 30s and 40s and lows plunging into the teens and 20s with wind chill factors making it feel even colder at least through Friday.
Re-enactment raising of nation’s first official flag delayed
SOMERVILLE, Mass. (AP) — A re-enactment of the raising of the nation's first flag in a Boston suburb has been postponed because of freezing cold weather.
The annual ceremony in Somerville was set for Monday, but has been postponed to March 4.
The festivities commemorate the raising of the "Grand Union Flag" atop Prospect Hill on New Year's Day in 1776.
Pope on 2018: forget life’s useless baggage, work for peace
VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis on Monday recommended jettisoning life's "useless baggage" in 2018, including what he called "empty chatter" and banal consumerism, and focusing instead on building a peaceful and welcoming world, particularly for refugees and migrants.
Francis offered his reflections on paring down non-essentials as he celebrated New Year's Day Mass Monday in St. Peter's Basilica and later greeted some 40,000 people in St. Peter's Square.
AP PHOTOS: New Year’s Eve observances around the world
People around the world are welcoming 2018 with fireworks displays, partying and an array of local traditions.
One of the first countries to welcome the new year was Australia, where fireworks exploded over the iconic Sydney Opera House as people watched from boats in the harbor nearby.
Hundreds of couples took part in a mass wedding ceremony in Jakarta, Indonesia, on New Year's Eve designed to help the poor who were unable to afford a proper wedding.
Baby, it's cold outside.
Wickedly, mercilessly, unsparingly — insert your favorite frozen adjective here — cold.
And it's so brutal across the polar tundra that is the eastern half of the nation, New Year's Eve and New Year's Day celebrations are being nixed or brought indoors.
New Year’s Day marks Inauguration Day in New Haven
NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) — New Year's Day will be Inauguration Day in the city of New Haven.
Democratic Mayor Toni Harp is set to be sworn in Monday to a third two-year term as the leader of Connecticut's second largest city by population.
Harp, who is the city's 50th mayor, will take the oath of office along with Democratic City Clerk Michael B. Smart and members of the New Haven Board of Alders. The inauguration ceremony is planned for noon at Hill Regional Career High School on Legion Avenue.
UMass marching band to perform in Rose Parade
AMHERST, Mass. (AP) — The UMass Minuteman Marching Band is performing in the 129th Rose Parade in Pasadena, California, on New Year's Day.
The band based at the university's Amherst campus is one of 22 marching bands scheduled to participate, but one of just three collegiate bands scheduled to march the 5 ½-mile route on Monday. The other two are from the schools participating in the Rose Bowl football game — Oklahoma and Georgia.
Some southern New England New Year’s events cancelled
BOSTON (AP) — Some New Year's Eve and New Year's Day events in southern New England have been cancelled because of frigid temperatures.
Organizers of New Year's Eve events in Boston cancelled a 6 p.m. parade to Boston Common and a 7 p.m. fireworks show. The midnight fireworks over Boston Harbor are still on.
Planners also cancelled stage performances Monday at Copley Square.
Extreme cold to test New Year’s revelers; some events iced
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 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.
Mummers parade will be staged despite bone-chilling cold
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The annual Mummers Parade will be held New Year's Day despite the drawn-out deep freeze that is continuing across Pennsylvania.
Organizers announced their decision Saturday.
The parade in Philadelphia features thousands of performers dressed in colorful costumes adorned with sequins and feathers marching down the city's main north-south thoroughfare.
The Latest: Big Apple ball drop is on; Boston transit woes
BOSTON (AP) — The Latest on a deep freeze across the country. (all times local):
Brutally cold weather has iced plans for scores of events in the Northeast from New Year's Eve through New Year's Day, but the show will go on in New York City, where people will start gathering in Times Square up to nine hours before the famous ball drop.
Georgia Southern holds off Troy 86-80 in milestone win
TROY, Ala. (AP) — Tookie Brown poured in 31 points as Georgia Southern came from behind to knock off defending champion Troy 86-80 and reach a program milestone in a Sun Belt Conference opener Friday night.
Anyone planning to ring in 2018 with adult beverages at home should plan to shop early.
State-run ABC stores, where most bottles of liquor are sold in North Carolina, will not be open on New Year's Eve or New Year's Day. State law precludes the stores from being open on Sundays and holidays – even for some of the biggest days of the year for alcohol sales.
Pennsylvania eye doctors worry about more fireworks mishaps
HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — With higher-powered fireworks now more widely available in Pennsylvania, eye doctors say they're concerned about a higher frequency of accidents over the New Year's Day holiday.
Dr. Melissa Sieber, chief resident of ophthalmology at Wills Eye Hospital in Philadelphia, said Friday the devices can cause permanent vision loss in both eyes after exploding in someone's face.
Sieber says it can take years of surgery to regain some vision in one or both eyes.
Bitter cold spurs postponement of 2 more polar bear plunges
BRIGANTINE, N.J. (AP) — The bitter cold temperatures in New Jersey have forced two more shore towns to postpone their polar bear plunges.
The fundraising event planned in Brigantine for New Year's Day will now be held Jan. 13, while the plunge in Margate was moved to Jan. 7.
The postponements come after two other nearby towns — Ocean City and Ventnor — canceled plunges that were also scheduled for Monday. Those events haven't been rescheduled and it's not clear if they will be held.
Bone-chilling temperatures, snow persist across Pennsylvania
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The drawn-out deep freeze is continuing across Pennsylvania, bringing more snow for previously pummeled Erie and possibly postponing Philadelphia's flamboyant New Year's Day parade due to bone-chilling temperatures.
A lake-effect snow warning is in place for Erie from Friday morning through early Sunday, bringing with it possibly a foot of snow.
Organizers of Brigantine’s New Year’s Day polar bear plunge have joined their counterparts in Ocean City and Ventnor in calling of Monday’s event because of the dangerous deep freeze gripping the region.
But unlike the other two Shore towns, the non-profit Brigantine Polar Bears have rescheduled their ocean challenge for Jan. 13.
It's nearly the end of the year again and to me 2017 seems to have flown by. 2018 is around the corner and I'd like to be one of the first to wish you all a very happy, safe and prosperous New Year.
In my younger days, when the end of the year approached, I would have been looking forward to going out, attending a party and staying up to welcome 2018 but, as I've grown older, these things have tended to pall and this year I may not even stay up to welcome in the New Year.
Roadwork suspended for upcoming holiday weekend
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Gov. Andrew Cuomo says all road construction will be suspended through New Year's Day to ease travel over the holiday weekend.
The Democratic governor also says the Thruway Authority will continue its 47-year tradition of offering free coffee and tea at the 27 travel plazas along the highway from 11 p.m. New Year's Eve through 7 a.m. New Year's Day.
Road construction will be suspended from 6 a.m. Friday through 6 a.m. Tuesday.
Frigid temperatures spur cancellation of polar bear plunges
VENTNOR, N.J. (AP) — Polar bear plunges planned in two southern New Jersey towns on New Year's Day have been cancelled because organizers think it will be too cold outside.
Ventnor officials say the event's organizers recently contacted them with concerns about the safety of participants who would be jumping into the Atlantic Ocean. They noted that the forecast calls for a high of around 20 degrees on Monday while water temperature likely will be in the mid-40s.
The first time my parents left my brother and me alone overnight, it was New Year's Eve. Being the wild-eyed, raucous partiers that we were, we celebrated our freedom by watching one of those countdown shows on television, popping a batch of popcorn and drinking Dr Pepper.
And thus was a tradition born. For the next several years, we observed New Year's Eve, separately or together, with popcorn and Dr Pepper.