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Christmas News

Who shot Santa? Pellet gun hits man in red suit in Washington

Washington - A man dressed as Santa Claus was recovering after being shot in the back with a pellet gun Tuesday at a toy giveaway in Washington.
In the Media by AFP

Battle of the Christmas decorations for Hong Kong malls

Hong Kong - In the race to extract cash from Christmas shoppers, Hong Kong's myriad shopping malls have taken to heart the maxim that you must spend money to make money when it comes to decorations this festive season.
In the Media by Aaron Tam (AFP)

Japan robot astronaut talks Santa in first chat with spaceman

Tokyo - The world's first robot astronaut has begun chatting to the Japanese commander of the International Space Station, in what was being billed as the first conversation of its kind.
In the Media by AFP

Review: 'How the Saints Save Christmas' — DLC brings gamers holiday joy Special

Anyone seeking the holiday spirits in their video game adventure will be delighted with 'How the Saints Save Christmas'-DLC, the latest expansion for 'Saints Row IV'.
Digital Journal Report by Stan Rezaee

'The Hobbit' wins again as box office sets domestic record

Even though an onslaught of new films opened on Christmas, they were not the ones battling it out for the top spot at the box office.
In the Media by Tim O'Brien

No beer? Prepare to face the wrath of the ceramic squirrel!

North Charleston - A South Carolina woman allegedly beat and stabbed her husband with a ceramic squirrel after he failed to return home with a pack of beer on Christmas Day.
In the Media by Kevin Fitzgerald - 3 comments

Couple say 'come dine with us' to lonely London, Irish, pensioner

London - On December 15 Digital Journal reported the plight of a London-based Irish pensioner who, having spent the last 10 Christmases alone, advertised for company. The good news is he spent a Christmas Day 2013 with John and Marian Cunningham.
In the Media by Eileen Kersey - 4 comments

Op-Ed: First-world problems vs the real problems

I hate how Apple made a new plug, now I need to swap cables when I use my other IPod. Also I hate playing PlayStation at my friend’s house because his TV is smaller than mine.
In the Media by Keegan Valladares - 1 comment

Boxing Day sales: The bargain rush

London - Everyone knows December 26th is Boxing Day. As usual, this is the day shops around the country offer special deals and special offers, and discounts from 40 percent, up to 70 percent off the original price!
In the Media by J.N. Paquet - 3 comments

Op-Ed: Edward Snowden warns of loss of privacy in Christmas message

Moscow - Whistle-blower and former NSA analyst Edward Snowden remains holed up in Russia. From Russia Snowden has sent a Christmas message to those prepared to listen. It is a warning about an increasingly totalitarian future unless we heed the warning signs.
In the Media by Eileen Kersey - 6 comments

'The Hobbit' wins Christmas

UPDATE: 12.26.13 - "The Hobbit" wins Christmas. At the box office, a movie that has been out for a while beat the newcomers, mainly "The Wolf of Wall Street."
In the Media by Tim O'Brien - 5 comments

Two Popes pray together at Christmas, first time in history

Pope Emeritus Benedict had a Christmas visit from successor Pope Francis this week. Given that Pope Benedict is the first Pope in 600 years to step down rather than serve until death, it marks the first time two Popes have met at Christmas in 600 years.
In the Media by Marcus Hondro - 3 comments

Scientific study lends credence to why Rudolph's nose is so red

North Pole - It's Christmas Eve and if there was any doubt about Rudolph's nose being red, shiny and bright and how he helped Santa Claus guide the sleigh on that foggy night, a group of researchers have provided an explanation.
In the Media by W. Mark Dendy - 4 comments

Santa Claus begins his annual gift-giving fest

It is Christmas Eve in many parts of the world and Santa Claus has already begun the mammoth task of delivering presents to all those on his "nice" list, but just where in the world is Santa right now?
In the Media by Eileen Kersey

Protesters in Santiago de Compostela steal a Christmas King

Santiago De Compostela - A couple of days ago, a life-size figure of King Balthazar, one of the Three Kings of the nativity scene in Santiago de Compostela, disappeared. The hostage has now returned bearing a sign, protesting the use of razor wire on the Spain/Morocco border.
In the Media by Anne Sewell - 1 comment

Review: Xbox 360 Kinect is a great gift for anyone, even grandparents Special

One of the problems with becoming old is the ability to exercise usually declines as aging occurs. The reduction in physical activity can be due to a myriad of health problems such as arthritis or loss of muscle mass.
Digital Journal Report by W. Mark Dendy - 1 comment

Op-Ed: The ‘science’ behind Christmas

To round off a year of important science stories, this article takes a more quirky turn to review some of the ‘science’ behind Christmas.
In the Media by Tim Sandle - 3 comments

Christmas giveaway on iTunes, starting December 26

Apple's iTunes is giving away a range of free content for the fifth year, running over the 12 days of the Christmas period.
In the Media by Tim Sandle - 7 comments

Where is Santa now?

To help children (and adults) track Santa, the U.S. government have a website dedicated to locating the jolly red-and-white figure on Christmas Eve.
In the Media by Tim Sandle - 2 comments

190th anniversary of poem 'Twas the Night Before Christmas'

Today, the 23rd of December 2013, marks 190 years since the classic poem "Twas the Night Before Christmas" was first published.
In the Media by Natty Walker - 2 comments

Tis the season for 'holiday heart syndrome' and heart attacks

Christmas is almost here! Excited? Well, I hate to shatter your spirits. I feel almost mean reporting this, but according to studies, heart troubles surge this time of year.
In the Media by Layne Weiss - 6 comments

Thousands of carolers grant wish to terminally ill child

An 8-year-old girl, who is suffering from cancer, from Pennsylvania had one of her wishes granted on Saturday: a bunch of carolers singing outside of her home in West Reading.
In the Media by Owen Weldon - 1 comment

Creepy Santa prompts school lockdown

Hollis - An elementary school in New Hampshire was ordered to keep children inside during recess after a man dressed as Santa Claus was spotted knocking on classroom windows.
In the Media by Kevin Fitzgerald

Angels exists but they do not have wings Catholic Church says

Rome - Angelologist Father Lavotori says that the heavenly beings do exist, however he is risking ire by challenging the perception of what angels look like.
In the Media by Eric Morales

Op-Ed: Helping Typhoon Haiyan survivors this holiday season

The Christmas celebration has changed for many in the Philippines since the country suffered devastation brought by typhoons during the last three Decembers.

'DayZ' players proposing a Christmas truce

In the spirit of the holiday season, several 'DayZ' players are trying to organize among the community a temporary truce on Christmas Day.
In the Media by Stan Rezaee - 1 comment

Op-Ed: For new lovers sharing their first Christmas together

We had only been together for a month at this time last year. It was Christmastime 2012, and the first time in my life that I had a girlfriend to buy a present for on the occasion; it felt special.
In the Media by G. Robert M. Miller - 2 comments

TopFinds: Bringing holiday cheer to seniors, saving dolphins

Find out how volunteers are helping spread the Christmas joy to low-income seniors. A viral video shows a woman being attacked by a cat after kicking snow in the animal's face. We investigate how to save dolphins in Japan. Welcome to TopFinds.
In the Media by David Silverberg - 1 comment

Holiday health tips

The holiday season is a time of merriment. However, there are a number of health issues that are more prevalent or where the risks can be higher this time of year. Some of the key issues are outlined below.
In the Media by Tim Sandle - 1 comment

Books make perfect presents says Senior VP at HarperCollins Special

Looking for the perfect gift to put under the tree or in a stocking? HarperCollins Publishers’ Lisa Sharkey offers her list of the best books to buy for your loved ones this year. "A book is a gift that keeps on giving," she says.
Digital Journal Report by Kay Mathews - 8 comments
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Air Baltic plane at Riga Airport in Latvia
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Air Baltic plane at Riga Airport in Latvia
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A bit over three inches of snow may not sound like much  but it is when you are a little Terrier.
A bit over three inches of snow may not sound like much, but it is when you are a little Terrier.
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A close-up view of the Nativity Scene at the Opryland Hotel in Nashville  TN.
A close-up view of the Nativity Scene at the Opryland Hotel in Nashville, TN.
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Christmas dinner
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108th annual Santa Claus Parade comes to Toronto with floats  clowns  spectacles  cheers and laughte...
108th annual Santa Claus Parade comes to Toronto with floats, clowns, spectacles, cheers and laughter.
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Nighttime parade at Sesame Place during  A Very Furry Christmas
Nighttime parade at Sesame Place during "A Very Furry Christmas"
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Christmas dinner: a plate of: roast turkey, roast potatoes, mashed potatoes, mashed turnip, chipolatas, Brussels sprouts, bread sauce, redcurrant jelly, sage and onion stuffing
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Christmas shopping 2012
Christmas shopping 2012
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Peace Angels give someone a blessing in Martin Place.
Peace Angels give someone a blessing in Martin Place.
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Frosty and Rudolph riding down King Street
Frosty and Rudolph riding down King Street
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Christmas lights decorate the trees outside Opryland Hotel.
Christmas lights decorate the trees outside Opryland Hotel.
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Thousands of lights hang down from the ceiling of the Opryland Hotel.
Thousands of lights hang down from the ceiling of the Opryland Hotel.
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It was wonderful to wake up to a White Christmas in 2010.
It was wonderful to wake up to a White Christmas in 2010.
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A speedboat is decked in holiday lights.
A speedboat is decked in holiday lights.
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Girl Scout Troop 352 waves to the crowds and gives out candy to the kids.
Girl Scout Troop 352 waves to the crowds and gives out candy to the kids.
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