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Dad Eyes Suit in Christmas Fire That Killed Daughters

Dad Eyes Suit in Christmas Fire That Killed Daughters

John Moore/Getty Images(STAMFORD, Conn.) — The father of three young daughters who were killed in a Christmas Eve fire in Connecticut has signaled his intention to sue over their deaths.Matthew Badger filed papers last week that would name him as admi…

Mom Who Lost Kids, Parents in Christmas Fire Attempted Suicide: Report

Mom Who Lost Kids, Parents in Christmas Fire Attempted Suicide: Report

John Moore/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Madonna Badger, the New York woman who lost her three daughters and parents in a tragic Connecticut Christmas fire, attempted suicide last week. Badger, 47, was reportedly hospitalized after hurting herself in an at…

Rival Monks Brawl While Cleaning Bethlehem Church

Rival Monks Brawl While Cleaning Bethlehem Church

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(BETHLEHEM, Israel) — An annual Christmas cleaning ritual in Jesus’s hometown of Bethlehem deteriorated into a mass brawl Wednesday when rival monks began attacking each other with broomsticks, shouts and fists.The fight, a…

Connecticut Christmas Fire: Fireplace Embers Caused Blaze

Connecticut Christmas Fire: Fireplace Embers Caused Blaze

Jupiterimages/Thinkstock(STAMFORD, Conn.) — The Christmas morning fire at a Connecticut home that killed three girls and their grandparents was started by fireplace embers that had been cleared out of the fireplace and put in either a mud room attache…

Man Dressed as Santa Blamed for Christmas Day Massacre

Man Dressed as Santa Blamed for Christmas Day Massacre

Jupiterimages/Thinkstock(GRAPEVINE, Texas) — A Santa-suited gunman who killed six people on Christmas morning was the estranged husband of one of the victims and the father of two teenagers who died in the massacre. Aziz Yazdanpanah, 56, showed up to …

Prince Philip Leaves Hospital After Heart Surgery

Prince Philip Leaves Hospital After Heart Surgery

Paul Edwards – WPA Pool/Getty Images(LONDON) — After missing the traditional Boxing Day shooting party on Monday, Britain’s Prince Philip has finally been given the green light to join the royal family at Sandringham.Queen Elizabeth II’s husband was r…

Connecticut Christmas Fire: Man Died Trying to Save Granddaughter

Connecticut Christmas Fire: Man Died Trying to Save Granddaughter

Lomer Johnson, dressed as Santa Claus. ABC NewsUPDATE: The Christmas morning fire at a Connecticut home that killed three girls and their grandparents was started by fireplace embers that had been cleared out of the fireplace and put in either a mud r…

Happy Returns: Shoppers Hunt for Best Deals

Happy Returns: Shoppers Hunt for Best Deals

Tim Boyle/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — The day and week after Christmas is one of the busiest times for gift card redemption, said a spokeswoman for Walmart. Stores are often also inundated with gift returns. “If people return something, there’s a 70 perc…

Prince Philip Remains Hospitalized, Expected to Miss Boxing Day Shoot

Prince Philip Remains Hospitalized, Expected to Miss Boxing Day Shoot

Paul Edwards – WPA Pool/Getty Images(LONDON) — The royal Christmas at Sandringham went on as planned without Prince Philip, who remains in the hospital and is expected to miss the traditional Boxing Day pheasant shoot.  But the royal family wante…

Seven Found Dead in Dallas-Area Apartment

Seven Found Dead in Dallas-Area Apartment

Thinkstock/Getty Images(DALLAS) — Seven people were found dead Christmas Day in a Dallas-area apartment of apparent gunshot wounds, police said.The Dallas Morning News reports that the victims were found when officers responded to a 911 call near Stat…

Obama Calls Troops on Christmas Eve

Obama Calls Troops on Christmas Eve

Pete Souza/Official White House Photo(KAILUA, Hawaii) — In keeping with tradition, President Obama called 10 service members, two from each branch of the military, to “wish them a happy holiday and thank them for their service” Saturday ni…

Holiday Travel Tips: Get Your Flu Shot

Holiday Travel Tips: Get Your Flu Shot

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) — Millions of people will hit the roads, rail and sky over the remainder of the holiday season, and tagging along with them will be hordes of germs ready to spread to the traveling masses. Despite being surrounded by…

Pope Prays for Peace, End to Bloodshed in Christmas Message

Pope Prays for Peace, End to Bloodshed in Christmas Message

TIZIANA FABI/AFP/Getty Images(VATICAN CITY) — Pope Benedict XVI prayed for peace in the Middle East in his traditional Christmas message, calling for an end to the bloodshed in Syria, where thousands have reportedly been killed in an anti-government u…

Dad Locked in Custody Battle Gets Christmas Miracle

Dad Locked in Custody Battle Gets Christmas Miracle

Courtesy of Dr. Moises Garcia(MILWAUKEE) — It was a very Merry Christmas for one Wisconsin man, whose four year battle to regain custody of his daughter from his wife, who had taken her to Japan, ended when he returned to the United States with the 9-…

Michelle Obama Helps Kids Track Santa

Michelle Obama Helps Kids Track Santa

Official White House Photo by Pete Souza(KAILUA, Hawaii) — First lady Michelle Obama continued her tradition of answering calls from children who are curious about Santa’s whereabouts on Christmas Eve, as part of the annual NORAD Tracks Santa Pr…

Five Killed in Christmas Day House Fire

Five Killed in Christmas Day House Fire

WABC-TV New York(STAMFORD, Conn.) — Three young girls and their grandparents were killed in a three-alarm house fire in an exclusive neighborhood of Stamford, Conn., early Christmas morning, as the girls’ mother tried in vain to save them, autho…

NORAD Santa Tracker: A Christmas Eve Tradition

NORAD Santa Tracker: A Christmas Eve Tradition

NORAD/Facebook(PETERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Colo.) — On Christmas Eve, children all around the world will lie awake wondering if, at any moment, Santa Claus will slide down their chimneys and leave the presents of their dreams. But all they really have to…

Kate Middleton to Wear 5 Outfits for First Royal Christmas

Kate Middleton to Wear 5 Outfits for First Royal Christmas

Chris Jackson/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) — No Christmas pajamas or ugly Christmas sweaters for the Duchess of Cambridge! Kate Middleton will spend her first Christmas with the royal family at Sandringham, and will reportedly wear five different outfits …

Romney Reveals Christmas Wishes and Traditions

Romney Reveals Christmas Wishes and Traditions

ABC News(LANCASTER, N.H.) — Speaking candidly about his Christmas wishes, Mitt Romney said Thursday that he doesn’t expect a primary state to be given to him for Christmas.Asked by ABC News’ John Berman whether his Christmas wish is to hav…

Holiday Grinches Steal Christmas in Massachusetts

Holiday Grinches Steal Christmas in Massachusetts

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(BOSTON) — Looking for those last-minute Christmas gifts? Why not just steal them.  That seems to be the trend of the moment in Massachusetts, with no less than four separate Grinch-like thefts of Christmas gifts and decorat…

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