US envoy surprised that NKorea didn’t give ‘Christmas gift’

SEOUL, South Korea — The U.S. ambassador to South Korea said Thursday he was surprised and pleased that North Korea did not give the U.S. an unwelcome...
10:23 16 January 2022

Orthodox church tensions in Montenegro on Christmas Eve

PODGORICA, Montenegro — Dozens of police on Monday were deployed in Montenegro for Orthodox Christmas Eve celebrations being held amid heightened tens...
18:04 6 January 2022

Global markets mostly higher amid trade optimism

BEIJING — Global stock markets moved mostly higher on Friday amid optimism that U.S.-Chinese trade relations are improving and on early reports that o...
13:01 27 December 2022

New Mexico police investigate killing of 4 on Christmas Day

RIO RANCHO, N.M. — Police in New Mexico on Thursday were investigating the shooting of four people found dead on Christmas Day in a home in a suburb o...
17:51 26 December 2022

AP Explains: What is Boxing Day?

LONDON — In Britain and other countries like Australia and Canada, the day after Christmas is a secular national holiday known as Boxing Day. Here’s a...
11:04 26 December 2022

Lindsey Vonn goes social with P.K. Subban marriage proposal

Lindsey Vonn popped the question to hockey star P.K. Subban.
0:47 26 December 2022

Trumps wish Americans ‘Merry Christmas’ as they mark holiday

PALM BEACH, Fla. — President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump are wishing Americans a Merry Christmas as they celebrate the holiday with thei...
17:48 25 December 2021

Gala Christmas Day in country for Queen Elizabeth II, family

SANDRINGHAM, England — Queen Elizabeth II and her close family spent a gala Christmas Day at her palatial countryside retreat, feasting on locally-rea...
17:27 25 December 2021

Pope offers hope against darkness in Christmas Day message

VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis offered a Christmas message of hope Wednesday against darkness that cloaks conflicts and relationships in large parts of t...
11:52 25 December 2021

Notre Dame rector: Fragile cathedral might not be saved

PARIS — The rector of Notre Dame Cathedral says the Paris landmark is still so fragile that there's a “50% chance” the structure might not be entirely...
9:24 25 December 2021

Trumps attend music-filled church service on Christmas Eve

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. — President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump attended a music-filled Christmas Eve service at Family Church in West Pal...
23:54 24 December 2021

Pope marks joyful Christmas Eve after less-than-joyful year

VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis assured the faithful on Christmas Eve that God loves everyone — “even the worst of us” — as he celebrated the joyous birth...
21:38 24 December 2021

Pothole Christmas tree inspires pastor to write holiday song

McCOMB, Miss. — A scraggly metal Christmas tree planted in a pothole has inspired a Mississippi minister to pen a holiday song.
20:29 24 December 2021

The NBA’s showcase day -- Christmas -- has arrived

The MVP is playing.
19:32 24 December 2021

It takes a tech village to track Santa on Christmas Eve

PETERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. — Depending on which country they’re from, the kids may ask about Father Christmas, Papa Noel, Saint Nick or Santa Clau...
16:32 24 December 2021

On the Money: Tips to make the best of post-holiday shopping

NEW YORK — Holiday shopping doesn’t end with Christmas.
16:07 24 December 2021

Thousands mark Christmas in West Bank town of Bethlehem

BETHLEHEM, West Bank — Thousands of Christian pilgrims on Tuesday flocked to the West Bank town of Bethlehem, celebrating Christmas Eve in the traditi...
15:46 24 December 2021

Home for the holidays: Prince Philip leaves hospital

LONDON — Prince Philip was discharged from a London hospital Tuesday and immediately taken by helicopter to join other senior royals at Queen Elizabet...
11:08 24 December 2021

Holiday blues: French strikes hit Christmas shopping season

PARIS — Last year, it was the yellow vest protests. This year, it’s the strikes that have crippled Paris. The Christmas holidays aren’t proving to be ...
16:25 23 December 2021

Israel to grant holiday travel permits to Gaza Christians

JERUSALEM — Israel announced on Sunday that it will allow Christians in the Gaza Strip to travel to Jerusalem and the West Bank for Christmas.
21:19 22 December 2021

Poll: Americans grateful at holidays _ and a bit stressed

MINNEAPOLIS — Wade Holcomb has a lot to be grateful for this year. In addition to graduating college and getting a job, he also has a beautiful 4-mont...
13:03 20 December 2021

Notre Dame Cathedral to miss first Christmas in centuries

PARIS — Notre Dame kept Christmas going even during two world wars — a beacon of hope amid the bloodshed.
8:33 20 December 2021

US watching North Korea for ‘Christmas gift’ missile launch

WASHINGTON — The U.S. is closely watching North Korea for signs of a possible missile launch or nuclear test in the coming days that officials are ref...
5:11 20 December 2021

Audubon’s annual Christmas Bird Count stronger than ever

Ít's been 120 years since New York ornithologist Frank Chapman launched his Christmas Bird Count as a bold new alternative to what had been a longtim...
16:02 16 December 2021

AP PHOTOS: St. Nicholas and devils parade in Czech villages

VALASSKA POLANKA, Czech Republic — Dozens of people in grim reaper and devil costumes accompany St. Nicholas on his journey through the village of Val...
15:29 7 December 2021

North Korea says it’s up to US to choose ‘Christmas gift’

SEOUL, South Korea — North Korea on Tuesday repeated its assertions the Trump administration is running out of time to salvage nuclear negotiations, s...
5:46 3 December 2021

Pope says Nativity scenes should go in town squares, schools

GRECCIO, Italy — Pope Francis on Sunday hailed Nativity scenes as “simple and admirable” signs of Christian faith and encouraged their placement in wo...
17:11 1 December 2021

Relic thought to be from Jesus’ manger arrives in Bethlehem

BETHLEHEM, West Bank — A tiny wooden relic that some Christians believe to be part of Jesus' manger arrived Saturday in its permanent home in the bibl...
19:09 30 November 2021

Holiday TV forecast: a sleighful of movies, music, a Grinch

LOS ANGELES — There are enough holiday TV movies to overturn Santa’s sleigh this season, with Oprah Winfrey’s OWN channel and a new streaming service ...
15:15 27 November 2021

Empty stores along NYC’s 5th Avenue dressed for holidays

NEW YORK — Some vacant stores along New York City’s luxury shopping corridor will be dressed for Christmas as if retailers like Tommy Hilfiger and Ral...
13:25 27 November 2021