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  • 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…

  • UK body warns drone owners: Fly safely, or you’ll be fined

    LONDON (AP) — Got a nifty little drone for Christmas? If so, fly it carefully. Especially if you are in Britain. The country’s civil aviation authority on Thursday issued a warning that people who fly…

  • Today in History

    Today is Thursday, Dec. 25, the 359th day of 2014. There are six days left in the year. This is Christmas Day. Today’s Highlight in History: In A.D. 336, the first known commemoration of Christmas…

  • Today in History

    Today is Thursday, Dec. 25, the 359th day of 2014. There are six days left in the year. This is Christmas Day. Today’s Highlight in History: In A.D. 336, the first known commemoration of Christmas…

  • California’s governor issues 105 pardons, but retracts 1

    SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Continuing a Christmas Eve tradition, Gov. Jerry Brown issued pardons to 105 people Wednesday, before retracting one to a man hours later after learning he had not disclosed recent discipline by…

  • AP News in Brief at 9:58 p.m. EST

    Sony Pictures broadly releases ‘The Interview’ in reversal of plans LOS ANGELES (AP) — Amid a swell of controversy, backlash, confusion and threats, Sony Pictures broadly released “The Interview” online Wednesday — an unprecedented counterstroke…

  • Firm recalls caramel apples amid listeria fears

    WASHINGTON (AP) — A Missouri firm is recalling its Happy Apple brand caramel apples because of the potential that they could be contaminated with listeria. The recall comes after at least three deaths and at…

  • NORAD ‘tracks’ Santa from Australia to S. America

    COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) — Volunteers at the North American Aerospace Defense Command are pretending to monitor Santa Claus as he makes his storybook Christmas Eve flight. So far, NORAD says it used the heat…

  • Pope celebrates Christmas Eve Mass and calls Iraqi refugees

    VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis celebrated Christmas Eve with a late-night Mass Wednesday in St. Peter’s Basilica and a phone call to some Iraqi refugees forced to flee their homes by Muslim militants. Francis…

  • Obama tees off in Hawaii with Malaysian leader

    KANEOHE BAY, Hawaii (AP) — What do two world leaders do when they find themselves on the same Hawaiian island on Christmas Eve? If you’re President Barack Obama and Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak, you…

  • President Obama’s Hawaii vacation: Day 5

    KANEOHE BAY, Hawaii (AP) — How President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama spent the fifth day of his holiday vacation in Hawaii on Wednesday: — GYM SESSION: Obama got in another workout at…