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  • Garden Plot: Amaryllis sales and Christmas tree care

    WASHINGTON — After Christmas, there is a whole new list of gardening needs to tend to. Need fresh tree stuff? Now’s the time to buy Hope you had a Merry Christmas — now it’s Merry…

  • New Hampshire falcon’s post-surgery vision limited

    DEERING, N.H. (AP) — A falcon in New Hampshire that had eye surgery to remove cataracts is doing well with her new synthetic lenses but has limited vision and isn’t flying. Banner, a 4-year-old falcon,…

  • What to look for in a personal trainer

    WASHINGTON — The holiday eating binge is just about over, and if you are like a lot of people, you’re realizing you’ve packed on a few pounds. If you are making a New Year’s resolution…

  • Update on the latest religion news

    VATICAN-CHRISTMAS Pope laments suffering of children around the world VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis is recognizing that this isn’t a joyous holiday season for people in many parts of the world. In his Christmas…

  • After 6 years, Obama personal chef hangs up apron

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Political advisers, chiefs of staff, press secretaries and national security advisers have come and gone in the nearly six years Barack Obama has been president. Now, Obama’s personal chef is waving goodbye.…

  • AP News in Brief at 5:58 p.m. EST

    Can Democrats reassemble ‘Obama coalition for 2016 after midterm shellacking? ATLANTA (AP) — Republicans crowed in 2004 that freshly re-elected President George W. Bush had established a “permanent governing majority” for the GOP. Eight years…

  • DC’s panda cub Bao Bao back down from tree

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The National Zoo’s panda cub Bao Bao is back with her mom after spending more than 24 hours in a tree, where she went after being startled by a tool zookeepers use…

  • Obama ‘s Christmas in Hawaii: Carols, relax on the beach

    KAILUA, Hawaii (AP) — President Barack Obama celebrated Christmas in Hawaii by singing carols at home before spending the afternoon on the beach. Obama, his wife and two daughters pulled up midday in their motorcade…

  • Christmas around the world

  • Nevada goats help eat, recycle Christmas trees

    RENO, Nev. (AP) — Goats are known to eat just about anything. But until recently it didn’t dawn on longtime Truckee Meadows volunteer firefighter Vince Thomas that they might go for Christmas trees. Turns out,…

  • Miriam’s Kitchen gives homeless Christmas cheer

    WASHINGTON — Volunteers were serving up a little Christmas spirit along with meals for the homeless on Christmas morning in Northwest, D.C. “The rain had stopped and Miriam’s was open and I came here ……

  • Va. art museum displaying painting of ‘The Visitation’

    RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — The Virginia Museum of Fine Arts is putting a timely and powerful painting on display. The museum in Richmond recently acquired “The Visitation” by 17th-century Baroque master Mattia Preti. The painting…

  • Beer of the Week: Hardywood Park Bourbon GBS

    WASHINGTON — Forget the house.  How about a bit of gingerbread — in a glass? WTOP’s Brennan Haselton is joined by Neighborhood Restaurant Group Beer Director and Food and Wine Sommelier of the Year Greg…

  • Image of Asia: Sunny Christmas on Sydney beach

    In this photo by Rick Rycroft, British traveler Dabriella Quayle rides the waves while celebrating Christmas Day at Bondi Beach in Sydney. Sunny weather and temperatures of 28 degrees Celsius (82.4 Fahrenheit) brought out locals…

  • What should Santa make this year?

    WASHINGTON — As the kids are opening presents from Santa, did you ever think about all the jobs St. Nick has to do to pull off his yearly trip? The jolly old elf wears a…