'America the Beautiful' is White House theme for Christmas

WASHINGTON (AP) — “America the Beautiful” is this year's Christmas theme at the White House. Melania Trump says it pays tribute to and showcases the “majesty" of the United States. ...

The Latest: Speed of viral spread causes concern in S. Korea

SEOUL, South Korea — South Korea has reported more than 500 new coronavirus cases for the third straight day, the speed of viral spread unseen since the worst wave of the outbreak in spring. ...

Today in History

Today in History Today is Saturday, Nov. 28, the 333rd day of 2020. There are 33 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On Nov. 28...

Business Highlights

___ Virus keeps Black Friday crowds thin, shoppers shift online NEW YORK (AP) — After months of slumping sales and businesses toppling into bankruptcy, Black Friday...

VIRUS TODAY: Black Friday shoppers stay home

Here's what's happening Friday with the coronavirus pandemic in the U.S.: THREE THINGS TO KNOW TODAY — The coronavirus pandemic kept crowds thin at malls and stores...

Many turn to real Christmas trees as bright spot amid virus

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Ani Sirois, a respiratory nurse, has spent months caring for coronavirus patients at a Portland, Oregon, hospital, and she's only getting busier as infections — and hospitalizati...

Holiday trends to watch: Adult Play-Doh; stores that ship

NEW YORK (AP) — The pandemic is turning this into a holiday shopping season like no other. Toy companies are targeting stuck-at-home grown-ups with latte-smelling Play-Doh and Legos ...

Cyclone uproots trees, floods streets in southern India

NEW DELHI (AP) — Parts of India’s southern coast were flooded Thursday after a cyclone slammed into its shores, triggering heavy rains, uprooting trees and cutting power lines. Cyclo...

Taiwan farmers find new way to eliminate destructive pest

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — The Council of Agriculture (COA) said Thursday (Nov. 26) that Taiwanese farmers have figured out an effective way to get rid of white spotted longhorn beetles without pest...

Thousands without heating, power in Russia after ice storm

MOSCOW (AP) — Thousands of people in Russia's Far East region of Primorye remained without heating or electricity on Wednesday, as local authorities and emergency services wrestled with the consequenc...

Tens of thousands evacuated as India braces for cyclone

NEW DELHI (AP) — Tens of thousands of people fled their homes in low-lying areas of southern India and moved to evacuation shelters on Wednesday to escape a cyclone that was barreling toward the regio...

Cyclone Nivar: Tens of thousands evacuated in southeast India

Indian authorities evacuated tens of thousands of residents from low-lying areas of southeastern India on Wednesday as Cyclone Nivar approached the shore. The Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) s...

Yelena Leuchanka reflects on jail time for Belarus protest

It's been a difficult last few months for former Belarus basketball star Yelena Leuchanka. She spent 15 days in jail in October after peacefully protesting against President Alexand...

Coastal harm from invading saltwater ‘happening right now’

COLLEGE PARK, Md. (AP) — Four Native American tribes on Louisiana’s Gulf Coast requested United Nations assistance this year to force action by the U.S. government on invading salt. Their formal compl...

Tourists few, NY gift shops struggle but don't lose (heart)

NEW YORK (AP) — In souvenir shops from Times Square to the World Trade Center, shelves full of T-shirts and trinkets still (heart) New York. But the proprietors wonder when their customers will, again...