Falling TV kills 4-year-old girl

CHICAGO, Jan. 16 (UPI) -- A 4-year-old child died in her mother's Chicago home after a television tipped off a table and landed on her, the child's father said.

In Britain, a day for feeling blue

LONDON, Jan. 16 (UPI) -- Britain tipped its hat to the blues Monday, declaring it the gloomiest day of the year amidst a still-sour economy.

Drought continues in England

LONDON, Jan. 14 (UPI) -- Much of England remains under the threat of drought with bans looming on washing cars, watering gardens and filling swimming pools, officials said.

California mortuary fire extinguished

GARDENA, Calif., Jan. 13 (UPI) -- Firefighters put out a fire that may have started in a Christmas tree at a Gardena, Calif., mortuary, officials said.

U.N. to Nigeria: End sectarian violence

ABUJA, Nigeria, Jan. 12 (UPI) -- The U.N. human rights leader Thursday urged Nigeria's political and religious leaders to be bold to try to end sectarian violence wracking the country.

Pillay sees signs of atrocities in Nigeria

GENEVA, Switzerland, Jan. 12 (UPI) -- Members of the Islamic sect Boko Haram could be responsible for crimes against humanity in Nigeria, the U.N. high commissioner for human rights said.

Scottish woman moves pony into house

STORNOWAY, Scotland, Jan. 11 (UPI) -- A Scottish woman said her Connemara pony is "very happy" to be living in the downstairs part of her house.

Doctor accused of giving girlfriend herpes

NEW YORK, Jan. 11 (UPI) -- A businesswoman has filed suit in New York accusing a disgraced Texas hand surgeon of infecting her with a sexually transmitted disease.

Some U.K. farmers want frosty weather

LONDON, Jan. 10 (UPI) -- British growers of a very special crop -- so-called "forced" rhubarb -- say the country's unseasonably mild weather threatens their livelihood.
Retailer: Economy doesn't stop wine

Retailer: Economy doesn't stop wine

LONDON, Jan. 10 (UPI) -- The chief executive of one of Britain's largest wine retailers said the economy did not stop Britons from splurging on high quality wines during the holidays.
Josh Lucas gets engaged

Josh Lucas gets engaged

LOS ANGELES, Jan. 10 (UPI) -- Hollywood actor Josh Lucas says he is engaged and expects to marry this year, but he hasn't divulged any details about his bride-to-be.
Pope denounces terrorism in address

Pope denounces terrorism in address

VATICAN CITY, Jan. 10 (UPI) -- Pope Benedict XVI condemned "religiously motivated terrorism" in his annual address to Vatican diplomats.

Boko Haram and U.S. plans in Africa

ABUJA, Nigeria, Jan. 9 (UPI) -- Oil-rich Nigeria is gripped by an escalating uprising by Islamist militants that has triggered massacres of Christians, including a Christmas Day suicide bombing blitz, which the federal government seems unable to contain.
Spelling makes a comeback in U.S. schools

Spelling makes a comeback in U.S. schools

BOSTON, Jan. 9 (UPI) -- Spelling lessons are making a comeback in U.S. schools, which have had a spelling decline in an era of spellcheckers and text lingo, educators said.
Pope praises Arab team in Syria

Pope praises Arab team in Syria

VATICAN CITY, Jan. 9 (UPI) -- The pope said he was praying for an end to the violence in Syria and for peaceful dialogue with political forces.
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A Chinese man and his shadow decorate a Christmas tree outside a club in Beijing December 24, 2011. China is increasingly adopting and celebrating many international, especially American, holidays and festivals. UPI/Stephen Shaver

Christmas or Christmas Day is a holiday[5][6][7] generally observed on December 25 (with alternative days of January 6, 7 and 19[2]) to commemorate the birth of Jesus, the central figure of Christianity.[8][9] The exact birthday of Jesus is not known, and historians place his year of birth some time between 7 BC and 2 BC. Narratives of his birth are included in two of the Canonical gospels in the New Testament of the Bible. The date of Christmas may have initially been chosen to correspond with either the day exactly nine months after Christians believe Jesus to have been conceived,[10] the date of the Roman winter solstice,[11] or one of various ancient winter festivals.[10][12] Christmas is central to the Christmas and holiday season, and in Christianity marks the beginning of the larger season of Christmastide, which lasts twelve days.[13] Although nominally a Christian holiday, Christmas is celebrated by an increasing number of non-Christians worldwide,[1][14][15] and many of its popular celebratory customs have pre-Christian or secular themes and origins. Popular modern customs of the holiday include gift-giving, music, an exchange of Christmas cards, church celebrations, a special meal, and the display of various decorations; including Christmas trees, lights, garlands, mistletoe, nativity scenes, and holly. In addition, several figures, known as Saint Nicholas, Father Christmas, and Santa Claus, among other names, are associated with bringing gifts to children during the Christmas season.[16] Because gift-giving and many other aspects of the Christmas festival involve heightened economic activity among both Christians and non-Christians, the holiday has become a significant event and a key sales period for retailers and businesses. The economic impact of Christmas is a factor that has grown steadily over the past few centuries in many regions of the world.

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