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  • 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…

  • 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…

  • Faithful flock to Bethlehem for Christmas

    BETHLEHEM, West Bank (AP) — Several thousand Christian pilgrims on Wednesday flocked to the biblical town of Bethlehem for Christmas Eve celebrations at the traditional birthplace of Jesus, lifting spirits after a year of conflict…

  • Mississippi towns regroup after deadly storms

    COLUMBIA, Miss. (AP) — Elizabeth Bordelon planned to go Christmas shopping until nasty weather blowing through southeastern Mississippi convinced her to hold off. By the time she returned Tuesday to her Columbia trailer park she…

  • Christmas Eve for many: Warm, windy and not white

    NEW YORK (AP) — Christmas Eve shaped up to be windy, wet and warm instead of white across much of the country, creating headaches for travelers in the Great Lakes, the Northeast and a storm-battered…

  • Faithful flock to Bethlehem for Christmas

    BETHLEHEM, West Bank (AP) — Thousands of Christian pilgrims are gathered in the biblical town of Bethlehem for Christmas Eve celebrations. The central Manger Square is decked out in white and yellow lights, and a…

  • Christmas Eve travelers deal with flight delays, cancellations

    NEW YORK (AP) — American Airlines says it’s trying to adapt its schedule to the windy and wet weather plaguing parts of the country today — and trying to get passengers to their destinations for…

  • Sierra Leone bans Christmas parties amid Ebola

    FREETOWN, Sierra Leone (AP) — Alice Marke and her family aren’t celebrating Christmas the way they used to: The deadly Ebola epidemic in Sierra Leone means no festive parties at the beach, no carolers singing…

  • US-Cuba: New life for Cuba’s classic cars?

    HAVANA (AP) — Dairo Tio cruises the streets of Havana in a gleaming black 1954 Buick with polished chrome highlights and the diesel motor from an electric plant bolted beneath the hood. When the brakes…

  • Ruling opens door for cruise malpractice lawsuits

    MIAMI (AP) — Pasquale Vaglio, a retired New York City policeman and Korean War veteran, was on the cruise of a lifetime with 18 family members in the summer of 2011 aboard Royal Caribbean’s “Explorer…

  • SKorean prosecutors to arrest ‘nut rage’ official

    SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korean prosecutors are seeking to arrest the former executive at Korean Air Lines Co. who forced a flight to return over a bag of macadamia nuts and a current…

  • Wooden coaster to close at Busch Gardens Tampa

    TAMPA , Fla. (AP) — Busch Gardens Tampa says it will close its retro double wooden roller coaster. The first dueling wooden coaster in Florida, and the largest of its kind in the Southeast, Gwazi…

  • Severe weather could snarl holiday travel

    CHICAGO (AP) — A mix of Gulf Coast thunderstorms expected to travel north, predicted snowfall in the Great Lakes and blustery conditions in the nation’s midsection threatened Tuesday to tangle holiday travel plans nationwide. While…

  • Severe weather slams southern US; 4 killed

    JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Severe weather slamming the southern U.S. two days before Christmas killed at least four people, flipped cars, knocked out power to thousands and damaged several homes and businesses. In Mississippi, Gov.…

  • Holiday travel bid by man accused in naked fall

    BOSTON (AP) — A man who police say fell naked through the ceiling of a women’s bathroom at Logan International Airport and then assaulted an elderly man will not be going home for the holidays.…