Victims in Calif. condo shootings named

CORONADO, Calif., Jan. 3 (UPI) -- The father of two victims in a shooting that left four people dead near San Diego New Year's Day has confirmed his son and daughter were among the dead.
CBS acquires Kutcher's 'Dear Girls' project

CBS acquires Kutcher's 'Dear Girls' project

HOLLYWOOD, Oct. 16 (UPI) -- CBS has picked up a second blog-based series concept from Ashton Kutcher's Katalyst Productions titled "Dear Girls Above Me."

'Merry Christmas' getaway driver convicted

MINNEAPOLIS, June 4 (UPI) -- A man who drove the getaway van for a bank robber who wished the teller a "Merry Christmas" was convicted by a Minneapolis jury.
Comedian Griffin says on-air profanity

Comedian Griffin says on-air profanity

NEW YORK, Jan. 3 (UPI) -- U.S. comedian Kathy Griffin uttered a profanity while co-hosting a New Year's Eve special with CNN journalist Anderson Cooper, observers say.

Firing guns no way to ring in New Year

HOUSTON, Dec. 29 (UPI) -- Houston police, members of the city council and Crime Stoppers are cautioning city residents not to ring in the New Year by discharging firearms.
Van Gundy wants Christmas Day games to end

Van Gundy wants Christmas Day games to end

ORLANDO, Fla., Dec. 27 (UPI) -- Orlando Magic Coach Stan Van Gundy says the NBA should stop scheduling games on Christmas Day.

NHL Winter Classic heads to Boston

BOSTON, July 15 (UPI) -- The Boston Bruins will face the Philadelphia Flyers next season in the NHL's Winter Classic Jan. 1, Commissioner Gary Bettman announced.

CIA missile kills 2 top al-Qaida officials

WASHINGTON, Jan. 8 (UPI) -- A CIA strike this month in Pakistan killed two top al-Qaida terrorists, The Washington Post reported.

Lottery 'misprints' cost man $135,000

TORONTO, Jan. 6 (UPI) -- A Toronto-area man who won $135,000 on four scratch-off lottery tickets has been told they were printing mistakes, and he won't be given the prizes.

Report: Petty, Evernham to merge next week

GREENSBORO, N.C., Dec. 31 (UPI) -- The deal finalizing the merger between Petty Enterprises with Gillett Evernham Motorsports will be announced next week, Fox Sports reported Wednesday.

Browns QB Quinn linked to anti-gay brawl

CLEVELAND, Feb. 13 (UPI) -- Cleveland Browns quarterback Brady Quinn was among members of a group allegedly harassing gay men outside an Ohio bar early New Years Day, police said.

Man charged with student's disapperance

BLAIRSVILLE, Ga., Jan. 6 (UPI) -- A 61-year-old man has been charged with kidnapping in the disappearance of a 24-year-old hiker on Georgia's Blood Mountain.

New year sparks criticism of Kuwait gov't

KUWAIT CITY, Dec. 26 (UPI) -- A move by the Kuwaiti government to move the date of New Year's celebrations sparked condemnation by journalists.

Maine nudists overly exposed in winter

BANGOR, Maine, March 5 (UPI) -- Nudists in Maine may have an easy time of it during the summer but are finding their options increasingly limited during the more frigid winter months.

Lindsay Lohan chats with ex on New Years

MIAMI, Jan. 2 (UPI) -- One of Hollywood's ex-teen couples, Wilmer Valderrama and Lindsay Lohan, were spotted chatting it up on New Years Day in Miami. The couple were spotted sitting near the pool at the Delano hotel in Miami, where both were in town to celebrate New Year's Eve
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New Years
A Happy 2011 sign remains in an empty Times Square on New Years Eve in New York City on January 1, 2011. UPI/Dennis Van Tine

The New Year is the day that marks the beginning of a new calendar year, and is the day on which the year count of the specific calendar used is incremented. For many cultures, the event is celebrated in some manner.[1] The New Year of the Gregorian calendar, today in worldwide use, falls on 1 January, continuing the practice of the Roman calendar. There are numerous calendars that remain in regional use that calculate the New Year differently. The order of months in the Roman calendar has been January to December since King Numa Pompilius in about 700 BC, according to Plutarch and Macrobius. According to the Christian tradition, 1 January is the day of the circumcision of Jesus (on the eighth day of his birth), when the name of Jesus was given to him (Luke 2:21). Since then, 1 January has been the first day of the year, except during the Middle Ages when several other days were the first (1 March, 25 March, Easter, 1 September, 25 December).[citation needed] With the expansion of Western culture to the rest of the world during the twentieth century, the 1 January date became global, even in countries with their own New Year celebrations on other days (such as China and Pakistan). In the culture of Latin America there are a variety of traditions and superstitions surrounding these dates as omens for the coming year. January remains a symbol of the New Year's celebration.

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