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  • Curbside Christmas tree collection starts Monday

    January 3, 2014 11:40 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Curbside Christmas tree collection starts Monday in East Baton Rouge Parish, except in Baker and Zachary. Trees placed on the curb will be picked up through January 18. They will be collected on normal trash pick up days by separate rear loaders or brush trucks. ... more »
  • Police: woman killed husband, poisoned children

    December 30, 2013 8:51 AM

    CASA GRANDE, Ariz. - An Arizona woman is accused of trying to poison her four children, including one who died, and of stabbing her husband, all on Christmas. Casa Grande police say 35-year-old Connie Villa was arrested on suspicion of one count of first-degree murder and four counts of attempted... more »
  • Baton Rouge begins collecting Christmas trees Thursday

    December 25, 2013 10:23 PM

    BATON ROUGE- Beginning Thursday, the day after Christmas, people can leave their Christmas trees at drop sites to be recycled. In a week, crews will begin collecting trees from the curb. Trees will be processed into mulch. Curbside collection runs from January 6-18. Sites are open from December... more »
  • No Louisiana-based drawings on Christmas Day

    December 25, 2013 10:30 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Residents hoping to get lucky playing a Christmas Day lottery will only have the Powerball drawing. Louisiana Lottery Corp. offices are closed Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, New Year's Eve and New Year's Day. Their policy is to not hold drawings on Christmas or Easter. The... more »
  • Crisp Christmas weather

    December 24, 2013 5:56 AM

    A cold start, Christmas Eve started off in the upper 20s. The remainder of the day will feature clear skies as a high pressure system sits off to our north, centered in Missouri. This high and its clockwise surface flow are resulting in a northerly wind pulling down cold air... more »
  • Christmas miracle born on the side of the road Play Video

    December 23, 2013 10:30 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A couple calls their new baby a Christmas miracle after she was delivered, two months early, in the back of their car this weekend. "Everybody asked me what I wanted," said Lakin Miller. "I got what I wanted, she's right here with me." Miller... more »
  • NEWS 2 EXCLUSIVE: Christmas miracle for struggling family

    December 21, 2013 6:48 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A family is sleeping easy tonight after a woman was inspired by a News 2 story about a young mother with barely any heat. Daphne Brooks and her three children lost their home in a fire and were forced to move to a small place, surviving... more »
  • Christmas lights dance to LSU's "Hold That Tiger" Play Video

    December 20, 2013 10:32 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A family is adopting an LSU favorite as a Christmas song in East Baton Rouge Parish. Darryl Clark started working on his 40,000 light holiday display this summer and completed the show the day after Thanksgiving. The spectacle includes six songs that dance on a... more »
  • Prisons work to give kids a Merry Christmas

    December 20, 2013 5:59 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Inmates at East Baton Rouge Prison earn time with their families for Christmas. Almost 30 inmates celebrated the holiday with their families at the Christmas Toy Give-a-way. Male and female inmates who graduated from programs like Second Chance 2 Recover, Reality Behind Bars, and Communities Committed... more »
  • Plastic surgery as Christmas gifts? Play Video

    December 19, 2013 4:46 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Plastic surgeon Dr. Anthony Stephens weighed in on the idea of giving someone plastic surgery as a Christmas gift today on News 2 at 4. He said it's not something he'd recommend, and you'd have to know your significant other very well so it isn't offensive.... more »
  • Christmas protests at Guantanamo Bay

    December 18, 2013 9:28 AM

    GUANTANAMO BAY NAVAL BASE, Cuba - An advocate for religious freedom in the U.S. military is calling on the Navy to remove nativity scenes and Christmas decorations from dining facilities at the base in Guantanamo Bay. Mikey Weinstein of the Military Religious Freedom Foundation says he raised the issue after... more »
  • Daughter's Christmas wish comes true Play Video

    December 17, 2013 6:26 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A little girl's wish to have her father home for Christmas came true today in Baton Rouge. Madison Davis and her classmates at St. Jean Vianney wrote letters to the troops in Kuwait. What the class didn't know was that Madison's father, Master Sergeant Dean Davis,... more »
  • Holiday trends with Jennifer Palpallotoc Play Video

    December 17, 2013 4:39 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Fashion blogger Jennifer Palpallotoc talked about some different holiday looks today on WBRZ News 2 at 4. Palpallotoc talked about three different looks: the Christmas party, Christmas Day and New Year's Eve. She also paired each outfit with a gift, like a bottle of champagne for... more »
  • La. troops return home from Kuwait Play Video

    December 16, 2013 2:41 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Christmas has come early for a number of local military families. This morning members of the 922nd Horizontal Engineer Company of the Louisiana National Guard touched down at Baton Rouge Metro Airport. They've been in Kuwait for ten months in support of Operation Enduring Freedom, conducting... more »
  • Three middle fingers on Starlight Drive Play Video

    December 11, 2013 6:20 PM

    DENHAM SPRINGS - A not-so-merry Christmas display is upsetting a neighborhood in Denham Springs for the second year in a row. Sarah Childs is giving the finger to a neighbor she accuses of stealing her dog last year. Denham Springs Police said their investigation shows that didn't happen, and... more »
  • Family of 9 loses everything before Christmas Play Video

    December 9, 2013 6:24 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A family of nine is holding strong after a fire destroyed their home over the weekend. Shanita Johnson, her husband and seven kids made it out of their Blake Street home as it burned early Sunday morning. "We got out the house, and that was... more »
  • How To Keep Your Live Christmas Tree Fresh Through Christmas Play Video

    November 29, 2013 8:49 AM

    Find Out How To Keep Your Live Christmas Tree Fresh Through Christmas. more »
  • Jen's Christmas shopping tips Play Video

    November 19, 2013 4:44 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Fashion blogger Jennifer Palpallatoc explored different Christmas gift ideas like scarves and jewelry. She also announced the opening of Tiffany & Co. in New Orleans. Palpallatoc gave a wide variety of different gift ideas for every price range. Money can be tight over the holidays, but... more »
  • NBA armed with sleeved jerseys for Christmas teams

    November 14, 2013 8:56 AM

    NEW YORK- NBA players are dressing up for Christmas - in sleeves. The leagued debuted short-sleeved jerseys Thursday for the 10 teams that will play on the holiday, replacing the traditional sleeveless NBA uniforms. The jerseys featured a large logo in the center on the front of the jersey. The... more »
  • Christmas fireworks death

    December 26, 2012 7:21 PM

    A man in Clay County, Mississippi near West Point died in a homemade fireworks explosion outside his house on Christmas night. Ralph "Bubba" Elliot was killed when his homemade device exploded just before ten last night. Clay County Sheriff Eddie Scott says state and federal authorities are trying to determine... more »
  • Week after Christmas slow for retailers Play Video

    December 26, 2012 5:45 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The 2012 shopping season is quickly drawing to a close, and many shoppers say they didn't spend as much as years past. Retailers typically make 40 percent of their yearly sales in November and December. The week after Christmas is still considered a big shopping week,... more »
  • Christmas storm kills 1 in Richland Parish

    December 25, 2012 10:21 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - Christmas storms killed at least one person in Louisiana, damaged buildings from central Louisiana into southwest Mississippi and cut power to at least 14,000 people and businesses in Louisiana and 5,000 in Mississippi. Richland Parish Sheriff Lee Harrell said that 53-year-old Allen Sullivan died around 2 p.m.... more »
  • Christmas Day storms cause damage

    December 25, 2012 10:18 PM

    ZACHARY- People were forced to break Christmas traditions and take cover when powerful storms rolled through the region Tuesday. Damage was reported in many areas. In the northern part of East Baton Rouge, at least two people said they encountered a tornado. "There was just a lot of... more »
  • Displaced family enjoys Christmas

    December 25, 2012 5:28 PM

    BATON ROUGE - It was a Christmas miracle for one family at Greater Mt. Canaan Baptist Church. Earlier this month, Mary Parker's house caught fire in the middle of the night. Everyone in the home escaped unharmed, but the fire left nothing. Parker, known for welcoming anyone and everyone... more »
  • Shoppers not in the spending mood

    December 24, 2012 8:09 AM

    ATLANTA - Some analysts are saying that shoppers seem to be spending less leading up to Christmas Day. The market research NPD Inc., says consumer traffic over the weekend was in line with the same time a year ago, but shoppers seemed to be holding onto their wallets a... more »
  • Christmas shoppers still spend despite looming Fiscal Cliff deadline Play Video

    December 22, 2012 5:36 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Holiday shoppers were out today despite current talks from Washington on potential tax increases. Kelli Bagwell said she is aware of how close the nation is to teetering to the fiscal cliff, but she is not going to let it ruin her holiday season. "I'm getting... more »
  • Obama and family arrive in Hawaii for Christmas

    December 22, 2012 9:59 AM

    HONOLULU - President Barack Obama and his family have arrived in Honolulu to spend Christmas in Hawaii, where the president was born and raised. Air Force One touched down in Honolulu minutes after midnight local time on Saturday. The first family departed the plane and left quickly for their vacation... more »
  • Small businesses cash in on last minute shoppers

    December 21, 2012 5:02 PM

    BATON ROUGE- Small, locally owned stores are getting their piece of the pie when it comes to last minute shoppers. "It's the last minute people rushing it, it's our second black Friday," says Lindsay Schaefer. Schaefer, a sales associate at FeBe, says her store is cashing in on... more »
  • More Christmas vandals on the loose in Ascension

    December 20, 2012 11:17 PM

    DUTCHTOWN- More Christmas vandals are wanted in Ascension Parish. The sheriff's office said people destroyed holiday decorations in the Moss Pointe Subdivision. It's the second set of attacks this season. Last week, three teens were arrested. They were accused of another vandalism spree where thousands of dollars worth... more »
  • Jamie Wax's one-man Christmas show back at BRLT Play Video

    December 19, 2012 12:52 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Performer and Baton Rouge native Jamie Wax returns this weekend to the stage he first performed his original one-man Christmas show, "A Gift for Lyman Bourke." Wax premiered the show 20 years ago at the Baton Rouge Little Theater, and now brings the holiday comedy back... more »
  • Livingston Parish opens doors to Christmas Crusade Play Video

    December 14, 2012 5:32 PM

    LIVINGSTON PARISH - Sheriff Jason Ard's Christmas Crusade distributed toys to over 1,200 kids today. Families opened their doors to Sheriff Deputies, who hand-delivered the toys to each household. For many deputies, the Christmas Crusade is about connecting with the public in a positive way. "It's seeing... more »
  • 3 accused "Christmas Vandals" busted

    December 13, 2012 5:27 PM

    DUTCHTOWN- Three teenagers have been arrested, accused of destroying thousands of dollars worth of Christmas displays in Ascension Parish. The trio has been nicknamed the "Christmas Vandals" by deputies. A tip led to the break in the case. Roarke Dunn, Rendell Reid and Adam Dellucci face charges in... more »
  • Police: 3 dead, including gunman, in Ore. mall shooting

    December 11, 2012 6:18 PM

    PORTLAND, Ore. - Authorities say three people are dead, including the shooter, after a mass shooting at a packed Oregon mall. The shooting happened at the Clackamas Town Center, which was packed with holiday shoppers according to law enforcement. Officers have been going store-to-store at the Clackamas Town Center... more »
  • Michelle Obama donates to Toys for Tots

    December 11, 2012 3:52 PM

    WASHINGTON - Michelle Obama thanked military families for the inspiration they've given her as first lady as she delivered about 900 gifts Tuesday from White House aides to the Marine Corps' Toys for Tots campaign. Mrs. Obama said "military families are what inspires my work," as she thanked volunteers, donors... more »
  • Surveillance video shows Christmas light vandals

    December 11, 2012 3:17 PM

    DUTCHTOWN - Sheriff's deputies released home surveillance video of three vandals who destroyed a number of Christmas displays in Ascension Parish this weekend. Deputies said 19 homes' light displays were destroyed in the Old Dutchtown subdivision Saturday night. One home raising money with their display for the St. Jude... more »
  • Reid: 'Extremely difficult' to solve fiscal cliff

    December 11, 2012 2:18 PM

    WASHINGTON - The Senate's top Democrat says "it's going to be extremely difficult" to pass legislation to address the so-called fiscal cliff before Christmas, but adds there's still a chance it can be done. Majority Leader Harry Reid commented Tuesday amid a souring mood in Washington over negotiations to forestall... more »
  • Vandals destroy Ascension Parish Christmas light displays

    December 8, 2012 8:08 PM

    ASCENSION PARISH- A Dutchtown community is rebuilding and replacing thousands of dollars worth of lights after vandals ransacked an entire neighborhood's Christmas displays. It happened overnight Friday in the Old Dutchtown subdivision off Highway 74 in Ascension Parish. Scott Raposo's elaborate display of 57,000 lights was hit. ... more »
  • NJ teen wants Easy-Bake Oven to appeal to boys

    December 7, 2012 1:28 PM

    PROVIDENCE, R.I. - Four-year-old Gavyn Boscio asked for an Easy-Bake Oven for Christmas. But when his big sister went to buy one, she could find it only in girly pink and purple. So the Garfield, N.J., girl started an online petition asking Hasbro to make the toy ovens in gender-neutral... more »
  • Christmas parades - Dec. 8, 9

    December 6, 2012 3:17 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Here's a list of Christmas parades happening around the greater Baton Rouge area this weekend. Baton Rouge Police especially warned people heading downtown for the Kiwanis parade to consider taking alternative exits from the interstate than the Government exit, which they said backs up every year.... more »
  • 100 Canadians can smell like fresh pizza

    December 6, 2012 12:36 PM

    DALLAS - Oh, to be one of 110 select Canadians! They'll find in their mailboxes a bottle of pizza-scented perfume before Christmas, courtesy of Pizza Hut Canada. The Canadian subsidiary of the Dallas-based pizza chain selected the 110 from more than 1,000 responses to a social media-based promotional campaign. The... more »
  • Christmas story accompanies lighting of Capitol Tree

    December 4, 2012 6:21 PM

    WASHINGTON - House Speaker John Boehner says the 10,000 lights on the Capitol Christmas Tree represent the "everlasting light" that entered the world with the birth of Jesus Christ. Boehner hosted Tuesday evening's lighting of the 65-foot spruce from Colorado. Eagle Scout Ryan Shuster of Colorado Springs flipped the switch... more »
  • Angola inmates on Santa's payroll

    December 3, 2012 4:06 PM

    ANGOLA- Inmates at the state's maximum security prison are working overtime to fill all the orders on Santa's list before Christmas. It's a tradition every year that gets inmates working on their down time to make toys and fix bikes for needy children. "They are elves," said Tom... more »
  • 3 rob N.O. man working on Christmas display

    December 3, 2012 2:25 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - A New Orleans man was robbed and his home burglarized by three suspects who approached him Sunday while he was hanging Christmas lights, police say. The Times-Picayune reports three man approached the unidentified victim, ordered him off a ladder and forced him inside the house. Police say... more »
  • Christmas parades taking place this weekend

    November 30, 2012 4:19 PM

    Here are a list of Christmas parades taking place the weekend of Dec. 1 and 2 - Saturday, Dec. 1 St. George Fire Dept - Starts at 10am and ends at dusk, through neighborhoods between Airline Hwy and the Amite River South Baton Rouge Parade - Starts... more »
  • Cyber shopping not tax-free Play Video

    November 29, 2012 5:57 PM

    BATON ROUGE - You may not be charged tax when online shopping, but that doesn't mean your purchases are tax-free. Web retailers like Amazon.com aren't required to collect sales tax in states like Louisiana because there's no 'brick-and-mortar' store in the state, but Louisiana still requires consumers to pay... more »
  • Busy homeowners hire help for Christmas decorations Play Video

    November 29, 2012 5:14 PM

    BATON ROUGE- Some people too busy to decorate are finding more holiday cheer by hiring help to spruce up their home for the holidays. For around $300 you can kick back and sip cocoa as workers set up your lights. Some are college students looking for extra cash, while others... more »
  • Holiday tips to keep your family safe Play Video

    November 27, 2012 5:27 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A Christmas tree can bust into flames within seconds, if safety precautions are not taken this holiday season. Real or fake, homes around the country catch fire every year because of dry trees or electrical problems in a home. This holiday season, be sure to... more »
  • WBRZ recognizes area's best holiday displays

    November 26, 2012 10:14 AM

    BATON ROUGE - WBRZ News 2 Louisiana will kick off the 2012 holiday season in the Baton Rouge area with its annual "Lights Before Christmas" Contest. "Lights Before Christmas" recognizes the area's most spirited and decorative homes of the season.Viewers can nominate homes beginning Monday, November 26th through Wednesday,... more »
  • First lady welcomes Christmas tree

    November 23, 2012 4:38 PM

    WASHINGTON - First lady Michelle Obama is kicking off the holiday season by welcoming the White House Christmas tree. Mrs. Obama, daughters Malia and Sasha and first dog Bo greeted the arrival of a 19-foot Fraser fir from Peak Farms in Jefferson, N.C. The tree arrived Friday on a horse-drawn... more »
  • Retailers are starting Christmas early

    November 8, 2012 5:11 PM

    BATON ROUGE - It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas, with several stores already stocking the shelves with holiday items. According to the National Retail Federation nearly 40 percent of holiday shoppers get started around Halloween. Retailers seem more than happy supply the demand. But not everyone... more »
  • Macy's NYC flagship getting$400M makeover

    September 19, 2012 12:33 PM

    NEW YORK - A $400 million makeover is giving New York's iconic Macy's store a sleek, new 21st century style. And some preservationists aren't happy about it. They see the overhaul of America's biggest department store as scrapping classic Beaux Arts and Art Deco touches in favor of the latest... more »
  • Kid tablets, retro brands are Toys R Us 'hot toys'

    September 19, 2012 12:24 PM

    NEW YORK - It's still technically summer, but for some it's not too soon to think about what the kiddies will want for the holidays. Toys R Us has come out with its annual "hot toy" list that includes tablets for kids, fashion dolls in the likeness of boy-band sensation... more »
  • Toys R Us to offer 'hot toy' reservation program

    September 12, 2012 12:36 PM

    NEW YORK - It's still summer for a few more days, but the holidays are already heating up at Toys R Us. The largest U.S. specialty toy retailer outlined its plan for its busiest season Wednesday - including adding a "hot toy" reservation system, beefing up services like layaway and... more »
  • Santa shakes it up at annual summer meet

    July 23, 2012 12:41 PM

    COPENHAGEN, Denmark - If Santa looks thinner than usual come Christmas, it may have something to do with Zumba, the Latin-inspired dance fitness craze. A Zumba exercise class with hula hoops was a novelty at this year's World Santa Congress, which brings St. Nicks from around the globe to an... more »
  • Saints RB Thomas fined for TD celebration

    December 30, 2011 4:11 PM

    METAIRIE - Saints running back Pierre Thomas has been fined $12,500 for a uniform violation and a touchdown celebration in which he placed a bow on a football and gave it to a fan. The fine for the celebration is $7,500. Thomas also violated NFL policies by wearing Christmas-themed green... more »
  • Christmas tree recycling drop off points

    December 26, 2011 5:43 PM

    Remember to remove all decorations and accessories from trees before bring to recycling. Walker Christmas Tree Recycling Project Sidney Hutchinson Park December 26 - January 6 Denham Springs Natural Christmas Tree Recycling Program Street Department Campus, 600 Bowman Street 7 a.m. -... more »
  • Walker accepting Christmas trees to reuse as mulch

    December 26, 2011 12:02 PM

    WALKER - The city of Walker wants to change your used Christmas trees into savings for the city. Mayor Bobby Font's office announced the Christmas Tree Recycling project in a press release Monday morning. It says the city plans to mulch any real, leftover Christmas trees and use... more »
  • St. Vincent de Paul director talks about successful Christmas Play Video

    December 26, 2011 8:59 AM

    BATON ROUGE - St. Vincent de Paul's executive director couldn't be more pleased with the Baton Rouge homeless shelter's Christmas Day accommodations Sunday and continued to be delighted with the what was presented to him on 2une In Monday morning. Anonymous donors dropped off wrapped Christmas gifts to the... more »
  • Texas shooting victims had just opened gifts

    December 26, 2011 6:45 AM

    GRAPEVINE, Texas (AP) - Police say the seven people who were found shot to death in a Dallas-area apartment Sunday had apparently opened their Christmas gifts and had started cleaning up the wrapping paper when they were shot. Authorities believe the seven people were related and that the shooter was... more »
  • Catahoula Parish mother and son die in Christmas Day fire

    December 25, 2011 6:33 PM

    ENTERPRISE, La. - An investigation is underway into a tragic fire which took the life of a mother and her son on Christmas Day. Firefighters responded to the reported house trailer fire just after noon today in the 3100 block of Columbia Church Road in Catahoula Parish. When... more »
  • Needy redeem Christmas gifts at St. Vincent de Paul Play Video

    December 25, 2011 3:18 PM

    BATON ROUGE - On Christmas night, many of you are enjoying gifts from loved ones. And thanks to St. Vincent de Paul, some of the needy in Baton Rouge are doing the very same thing. Several shoppers gathered items such as toothbrushes, toothpaste and soap. But they're not in... more »
  • Muslim group claims new Nigeria attacks

    December 25, 2011 1:21 PM

    MAIDUGURI, Nigeria (AP) - A radical Muslim group that has killed nearly 500 people this year in Nigeria has struck again on Christmas Day. It's claiming responsibility for an explosion that ripped through a Catholic church during Christmas Mass near Nigeria's capital, killing at least 25 people. The group also... more »
  • Man dies in Christmas Eve collision

    December 25, 2011 12:27 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A head-on collision late Christmas Eve left one man dead in Baton Rouge. It happened around 8:30 p.m. in the 12000 block of Highland Road near Siegen Lane. Sheriff's deputies say two vehicles were traveling east and west on Highland Road when they collided into... more »
  • Christmas observance in Holy Land

    December 25, 2011 11:37 AM

    BETHLEHEM, West Bank (AP) - Crowds in the West Bank town of Bethlehem are the largest in more than a decade. Despite some strong winds and a pounding rain, visitors packed a church on Manger Square today to celebrate Christmas Mass at Jesus' traditional birthplace. St. Catherine's Church is attached... more »
  • Bonfires set up on levee despite possible rain Play Video

    December 23, 2011 6:40 PM

    GRAMERCY - Fire department members ensure that Santa's path to the river parishes is well lit on Christmas eve by upholding their unique tradition. The Festival of Bonfire Lights invites locals to build fires along the Mississippi River levee. Janice Kennedy promised herself that if she beat cancer,... more »
  • Police to crackdown on drunk driving during holidays Play Video

    December 23, 2011 5:54 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Police say holiday partygoers who are planning on drinking this weekend, better choose a designated driver or they'll be arrested for drinking and driving. Police are increasing patrols Saturday and Sunday to make DWI arrests and prevent accidents. Last year, there were 67 deadly crashes... more »
  • Toddler gets new bike through Law Enforcement Crusade Play Video

    December 23, 2011 5:30 PM

    BATON ROUGE- It beginning to look a lot like Christmas. And the Law Enforcement Christmas Crusade is in full swing. Four year old Larone Bulter is just one of the hundreds of Baton Rouge kids who received toys through the crusade this year. A got a new bike and... more »
  • Walker Christmas display open despite vandals Play Video

    December 21, 2011 5:44 PM

    WALKER - The show will go on in Walker. Vandals heavily damaged a Christmas display at Sidney Hutchinson Park. They ripped up more than 30 inflatable displays and broke lights. City workers spent much of the day making repairs to the Walker Wonderland. Mayor Bobby Font... more »
  • Vandals wanted for destroying Christmas decorations Play Video

    December 21, 2011 10:19 AM

    WALKER - Vandals who destroyed Christmas decorations in a Walker park last night are wanted today by police. City officials say inflatable Christmas decorations at Sidney Hutchinson Park were slashed Tuesday night. Officials are working to repair the park facilities as quickly as possible and are trying to... more »
  • Illegal Christmas bonuses? Play Video

    December 15, 2011 7:31 AM

    PORT ALLEN - The fallout from former Port Allen mayor Derek Lewis's corruption scandal has trickled down to city officials. And now, the city council has uncovered financial wrongdoings stemming back to 1994. An audit recently revealed that employees unknowingly received thousands of dollars in Christmas bonuses that... more »
  • Christmas tree fee delayed by Dept. of Agriculture

    November 9, 2011 5:47 PM

    WASHINGTON - A fee on Christmas trees that was scheduled to go into effect today has been delayed by the Obama administration, after backlash against the program from organizations who called it a tax. The program would have charged some growers 15 cents per tree to pay for nationwide... more »
  • Proposed tree fee delayed by Dept. of Agriculture

    November 9, 2011 12:02 PM

    WASHINGTON - A fee on Christmas trees that was scheduled to go into effect today has been delayed by the Obama administration, after backlash against the program from organizations who called it a tax. The program would have charged some growers 15 cents per tree to pay for nationwide... more »
  • Santa gets physical at World Santa Claus Congress

    July 20, 2011 12:37 PM

    COPENHAGEN, Denmark - The Olympics have pentathlons - and so does the World Santa Congress, sort of. Santas from all over the world lugged their overweight waistlines to this year's 54th World Santa Claus Congress, throwing sacks of presents and firing canon balls in a new physical fitness contest.... more »
  • Christmas trees help save marsh; airlift next week

    February 19, 2011 9:44 AM

    LACOMBE, La.- Christmas trees that once stood tall inside homes of Orleans Parish residents soon will be recycled to help save Louisiana's disappearing marshland. The thousands of discarded trees collected after the holiday will be airlifted Wednesday into the Bayou Sauvage National Wildlife Refuge to help establish a breakwater... more »
  • Woman finds $280K of drugs in vacuum

    January 15, 2011 3:18 PM

    GREEN BAY, Wis.- A Green Bay, Wis., woman opened a Christmas present from her children to find a refurbished vacuum - and a load of drugs. Authorities say the woman found 2 pounds of crystal methamphetamine and 2.2 pounds of cocaine shrink wrapped inside the box. Sheriff's officials estimate... more »
  • Pets discarded after presents opened

    December 30, 2010 5:38 PM

    WALKER- Nearly 20 dogs were abandoned by their owners following Christmas in Livingston Parish after owners decided to make room for newer pets, according to the SPCA of Livingston. Rescue volunteers said many families who discarded older pets claimed their new pets weren't getting along with their existing dogs. ... more »
  • Bad gifts may be history with Amazon's idea

    December 29, 2010 12:32 PM

    SAN FRANCISCO - For some, it's the red reindeer Christmas sweater. For others, it's the diamond-encrusted dreidel. Whatever your worst gift nightmare might be, Amazon may soon give you a reason to cheer. The online retail behemoth that's the source of many presents - may they be... more »
  • Drunk driver reports himself to police in Iowa

    December 28, 2010 12:41 PM

    IOWA CITY, Iowa - Iowa City police say a 25-year-old man called 911 to report a drunken driver: himself. According to the Iowa City Press-Citizen, police say Francisco Castro called the emergency number around 8:30 on Christmas morning. Officers found Castro sitting in the driver's seat of a... more »
  • That Santa feeling hasn't quite left shoppers yet

    December 27, 2010 4:10 PM

    NEW YORK - Forget the returns line: Americans hit the stores after Christmas to buy stuff, indulging the rediscovered retail appetite that may have made 2010's holiday shopping season the biggest ever. Revenue for the holiday season is on track to grow at its strongest rate since 2006. Total spending... more »
  • Christmas tree recycling begins in East Baton Rouge

    December 27, 2010 3:41 PM

    BATON ROUGE – Christmas tree collection doesn’t start for more than a week in Baton Rouge, but people who want to get rid of their tree now have a few options. Seven drop-off locations are open for people to unload their Christmas tree before Jan. 6, which is when curbside... more »
  • Playboy's Hefner gets engaged to a Playmate again

    December 27, 2010 12:28 PM

    CHICAGO - Playboy magazine founder Hugh Hefner says he's gotten engaged again. Hefner said in a Twitter message early Saturday that he'd given a ring to girlfriend and Playmate Crystal Harris, saying she burst into tears. "This is the happiest Christmas weekend in memory," he wrote. To... more »
  • Day-after-Christmas shoppers head to the mall

    December 26, 2010 6:48 PM

    Crowds of people shuffled through the mall, some looking for a good deal, others making returns. For Charlene Dean, day-after-Christmas shopping is a family tradition. "It's been a family event but only for the girls to spend their Christmas money," Dean said. Shoppers who got to the... more »
  • Volunteers, bishop serve Christmas meal to those in need

    December 25, 2010 10:45 AM

    BATON ROUGE Volunteers and Bishop Muench will serve a Christmas meal to hundreds of people in need today. Lunch will be served from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the St. Vincent de Paul dining room. The dining room is located at 220 St. Vincent de Paul Place. ... more »
  • Holiday 2010: The year the shoppers came back

    December 25, 2010 9:43 AM

    NEW YORK - Shoppers came back in force for the holidays, right to the end. After two dreary years, Christmas 2010 will go down as the holiday Americans rediscovered how much they like to shop. People spent more than expected on family and friends and splurged on themselves, too, an... more »

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