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Gerardo Di Agostino touches the coffin of his sister Italian victim Fabrizia Di Lorenzo, as her parents Gaetano Di Lorenzo, second from right hugs his wife Giovanna, right, upon their return from Berlin at Rome's military airport of Ciampino, Saturday, Dec. 24, 2016. Di Lorenzo, 31, is among the 12 people who perished when a truck plowed through a Christmas market in Berlin last Monday. (Giuseppe Lami/ANSA via AP)
December 24, 2016 - 5:59 am
MILAN (AP) — A casket containing the body of the Italian victim of the truck attack on a Christmas market in Berlin has arrived in Rome. The body of Fabrizia di Lorenzo, 31, arrived at Rome's Ciampino airport at midday, five days after she was killed with 11 others when an attacker drove a truck...
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December 24, 2016 - 5:15 am
BETHLEHEM, West Bank (AP) — The top Roman Catholic cleric in the Holy Land says he's glad that "at least the military war" in the Syrian city of Aleppo is over and that Christians there can celebrate Christmas "without fear." Rev. Pierbattista Pizzaballa traveled from Jerusalem in a traditional...
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Maj. Jared Scott, makes sure NORAD's Santa tracker is working correctly at Tyndall Air Force Base on Friday, Dec. 23, 2016 in Panama City, Fla. (Heather Howard/News Herald via AP)
December 24, 2016 - 1:39 am
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) — Tens of thousands of children from around the world plan to call the North American Aerospace Defense Command to ask where Santa is, and starting Saturday they will get a cheery answer about the mythical route from a real person, not a recording. The wildly popular...
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December 23, 2016 - 5:07 pm
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A widely shared story claiming President Barack Obama ordered a ban on Christmas cards sent to the military is not true. The story appeared Dec. 12 on the website tdtalliance using banners and logos from Fox News . The network never aired such a story. Obama never issued such...
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December 23, 2016 - 4:07 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal authorities warned law enforcement authorities across the nation Friday that Islamic State sympathizers are continuing to call for attacks on churches and other holiday gathering sites. The warning was issued after a publicly available list of U.S. churches was posted on a...
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December 23, 2016 - 3:42 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal authorities warned local law enforcement authorities across the nation Friday that Islamic State sympathizers are continuing to call for attacks on churches and other holiday gathering sites. The warning was issued after a publicly available list of U.S. churches was...
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FILE - In this Friday, Nov. 25, 2016, file photo, a shopper carries a bag with merchandise as she shops at a Polo Ralph Lauren store in Miami. On Thursday, Dec. 22, 2016, the Commerce Department issues its November report on consumer spending, which accounts for roughly 70 percent of U.S. economic activity. (AP Photo/Alan Diaz, File)
December 22, 2016 - 9:46 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — Consumers slowed the growth in their spending in November and income growth was flat, two worrisome signs at the start of the holiday shopping season. Consumer spending rose 0.2 percent in November, the weakest showing since a 0.1 percent rise in August, the Commerce Department...
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Agustin Moreno, left, owner of a lottery office, celebrates with his staff after selling the second prize Christmas lottery ticket ''El Gordo'' with the number 04536, in Pamplona, northern Spain, Thursday, Dec. 22, 2016. Celebrations were guaranteed Thursday in Madrid where tickets bearing the top prize number of 66513 in Spain's Christmas lottery, "El Gordo" were sold. (AP Photo/Alvaro Barrientos)
December 22, 2016 - 9:16 am
MADRID (AP) — Workers at a home for the elderly were among those celebrating Thursday in Madrid after all the tickets with the top prize-winning number in Spain's 2.3 billion-euro ($2.4 billion) Christmas lottery were sold in one city neighborhood. The number 66513 appeared on 1,650 tickets in the...
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FILE - This is a Tuesday, June, 14, 2016 file photo of Britain's Queen Elizabeth II as she arrives by carriage on the first day of the Royal Ascot horse race meeting at Ascot, England. Buckingham Palace officials said Wednesday Dec. 21, 2016 that Queen Elizabeth II and her husband Prince Philip have delayed their planned Christmas trip because both are suffering from heavy colds. (AP Photo/Alastair Grant/file)
December 22, 2016 - 8:08 am
LONDON (AP) — Queen Elizabeth II and her husband Prince Philip are on their way to their country estate to celebrate Christmas after the couple delayed their trip for a day due to illness. Royal officials said Wednesday that both the queen and Philip were suffering from heavy colds and had to call...
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School children holding lottery balls sing out the numbers of the top prize of Spain's Christmas lottery known as 'El Gordo' or 'The Fat One', as they hold lottery balls, in Madrid, Thursday, Dec. 22, 2016. (AP Photo/Francisco Seco)
December 22, 2016 - 5:45 am
MADRID (AP) — Celebrations were guaranteed Thursday in Madrid after all the tickets bearing the top prize number of 66513 in Spain's 2.3 billion euros ($2.4 billion) Christmas lottery were sold there. The number appeared on 1,650 tickets in the lottery known as El Gordo (The Fat One), with each...
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