YAOUNDE, Cameroon (AP) — More than 37 people are dead and 18 others seriously injured after a bus crash in Cameroon’s western village of Nemale, officials said.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Coronavirus cases have surged to record levels in the Los Angeles area, putting the nation’s largest county in “an alarming and dangerous phase” that if not reversed could...
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis signed a slate of bills into law Wednesday, including one that would make it more difficult to place citizen initiatives on the ballot and...
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney warned residents he will end the city's annual Mummers Parade if organizers don't curtail participants' inappropriate behavior, including...
COLOGNE, Minn. (AP) — A Minnesota couple is celebrating the birth of twins born in different decades.
Melissa and Ben Mase became parents to George and Remi on New Year's Eve and New Year's...
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Preliminary data shows four deaths on Ohio roads over the two-day 2019-2020 holiday period that included New Year's Eve and New Year's Day, the State Highway Patrol reported....
ST. LOUIS PARK, Minn. (AP) — The day after the Minnesota Wild were officially awarded the NHL's next Winter Classic, they fittingly had practice scheduled for one of the area's many outdoor...
The mayor of Philadelphia sharply criticized two men who wore blackface while marching in the city's annual — and often racially troubling — New Year's Day Mummers Parade, calling their actions...
PASADENA, Calif. (AP) — After a flyover by a B-2 stealth bomber, marching bands and floral floats took to the streets under mostly sunny California skies as the 131st Rose Parade drew hundreds of...
SCOTT, La. (AP) — The improper disposal of fireworks led to a New Year's Day house fire in Scott, officials said.
First responders were called to a home shortly after midnight, Wednesday.,...
BRISTOL, R.I. (AP) — Outdoor enthusiasts across Rhode Island are invited to participate in a First Day Hike, a New Year's Day tradition.
HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (AP) — London's New Year's Day Parade is set to feature a little touch of West Virginia.
Marshall University's marching band is heading across the pond to perform in...
BOZEMAN, Mont. (AP) — State parks across Montana will offer guided hikes on New Year's Day as part of the “First Day Hikes” annual tradition across the U.S.
FARMINGTON, Maine (AP) — Two members of a Maine fire department shaken by tragedy in September are going to represent their fellow firefighters on New Year's Day in the Tournament of Roses Parade...
SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico officials are urging residents and visitors to spend some time outside on the first day of the year.
The State Parks Division is hosting a series of hikes at...
MIDDLETOWN, Del. (AP) — A town in Delaware has approved guidelines that would allow a parade to continue on New Year's Day despite last year's controversy over a float that portrayed migrant...
PASADENA, Calif. (AP) — Actresses Rita Moreno and Gina Torres and Olympic gymnast Laurie Hernandez have been named grand marshals of the 2020 Rose Parade.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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).
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.
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.
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."
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.