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    CASES of the Omicron Covid variant have today leapt up 53 per cent with a further 86 infections reported in the UK - bringing the total to 246. It comes after an expert warned travel measures hurriedly put in place to combat the spread of the "super strain" are already too late to stop a wave of cases. 1A further 86 Omicron cases have been reported in the UKCredit: Dan Charity The UK Health Security Agency has now confirmed even more cases of the mutant variant have been recorded today. An additional 86 cases of the Omicron strain have been reported in the UK - with 68 of those in England. That's a 53 per cent rise in just a DAY as the total has risen from 160 to 246 in the last 24 hours. Earlier today, government adviser Professor Mark Woolhouse said it is "too late" to make a "material difference" in stopping a break out of cases. UKHSA has already warned the mutant variant is “transmitting rapidly and successfully" after first being identified here a week ago. The surge in...
    It is an occasion intended to demonstrate family unity and the Queen's position as Supreme Governor of the Church of England, but Prince William reveals that the Christmas Day church service at Sandringham has not always been as sober as the public might imagine. Beginning his walk at the 16th Century building, he says: 'So we're right outside St Mary Magdalene Church. The flag's up and I'm right beside the door we normally go in as a family. 'And what's very good about it is that we sit opposite each other as a family and, growing up, having my cousins sat opposite me has always been quite difficult to keep a straight face at times. Prince William revealed he has gotten the giggles 'many times' during the Sandringham Christmas Day church service. He took his children for the first time in 2019 (pictured) The Duke of Cambridge attended his first Sandringham Christmas Day church service in 1987, aged five. He is pictured at the Sandringham service with his cousin Zara Phillips in 1988 RELATED ARTICLES Previous 1 Next ...
    IF we can’t keep calm and carry on when a new variant of ­coronavirus emerges, then – to paraphrase Chas and Dave – Covid loopy nuts are we. Because the jabs work. 6Getting vaccinated usually prevents you from becoming seriously sick, keeps you out of hospital and stops catching Covid becoming a death sentenceCredit: AP Getting vaccinated usually prevents you from becoming seriously sick, keeps you out of hospital and stops catching Covid becoming a death sentence. And the UK has one of the highest vaccination rates in the world. Even as Covid cases hit a five-month high, deaths and hospital numbers here continue to fall. Even as the Omicron variant has gloomy Government ministers telling us to do our drunken Christmas party snogging on Zoom, we can see the shining light of freedom ahead. All thanks to our world-beating vaccination programme. We should be feeling a warm glow of national pride, rather than vowing to work from home until 2022. Most read in NewsSICK EVIDENCE Epstein's 'Twin Torpedo' sex toys shown in court after victim testifiesBreakingNUKE ALERT ‘Huge explosion’...
    NEW chilling details continue to emerge in the case of accused Oxford High School shooter Ethan Crumbley, whose parents are now considered fugitives after failing to surrender to police on Friday afternoon. Jennifer and James Crumbley had been scheduled to hand themselves over to police in Michigan at 2pm local time to each be arraigned in court on four counts of involuntary manslaughter. 12Jennifer and James Crumbley had been scheduled to hand themselves over to police in Michigan at 2pm on FridayCredit: AP 12Their son has pleaded not guilty to 24 felony counts, including terrorism and murder chargesCredit: AP However, as of early Friday evening, the couple's whereabouts are currently unknown. The Oakland County Fugitive Team, along with the FBI and U.S Marshal Service are currently searching for Jennifer, 43, and James, 45. It is not known whether there has been a mistake or if they're actively attempting to flee law enforcement. ON THE RUN? They were last seen by the public on Thursday when they tuned in to their 15-year-old son's virtual arrangement from a car after he was...
    The mother of Ethan Crumbley, the Oxford High School student who allegedly fatally shot four classmates and injured seven others, texted her son the day before the shooting, “LOL, I’m not mad at you. You have to learn not to get caught.” School officials had informed Jennifer Crumbley and her husband James Crumbley that their son had been seen by a teacher searching for ammunition online. The ammo was intended for a gun the Crumbleys purchased their son, 15, as a Christmas present. The teenager apparently found the gift in an unlocked bedroom drawer and took it. After being told of the incident, Jennifer Crumbley texted her son “LOL” and told him not to get caught, according to prosecutors in Oakland County, Michigan. The next day, the Crumbley parents were summoned to the school after their son’s teacher found a disturbing note he had scribbled. On that note were the words “Blood everywhere,” and “The thoughts won’t stop. Help me.” The note featured a drawing of a gun and a person who’d been shot, as well as a laughing emoji....
    A Los Angeles Police Department detective said Friday that Californians were sold a "bag of goods" on bail reform as thefts surge in cities across the state. "I blame the [American Civil Liberties Union]. I think they sold everybody a bag of goods with this zero bail policy as we see. Our chief came out yesterday and said that 14 of these people that were arrested did not stay in jail. They got released and some of them were arrested and out on release from a prior smash and grab robbery," LAPD detective Jamie McBride told "Fox & Friends." CALIFORNIA’S ZERO-BAIL POLICY SETS FREE 14 SMASH-GRAB ROBBERY SUSPECTS, LAPD CHIEF SAYS McBride, director of the L.A. Police Protective League, said there are no ramifications for the rash of thefts in California. "Most people's holidays start in December. Here in California and especially Los Angeles, it’s every day. It’s Christmas every day here for the criminals. Why wait until the holidays? You can go out and get whatever you want any time you want and there are no ramifications." FILE...
    CHICAGO (WLS) -- The new movie "Christmas Again" was shot in Chicago and it airs on the Disney Channel and Disney Plus starting Friday.The movie is about a girl who has a magical twist of fate that opens her heart for the holidays.Divorce, new couples, a future step mom and her annoying kid are all too much for Ro, played by Scarlett Estevez.The film fantasy has her in a holiday version of "Groundhog Day," living "Christmas Again" over and over until she gets it right.I think I would describe Ro as a very mischievous, and headstrong person, but she's also very loving and very caring of her family," said Estevez."I think it was such a special experience because I'm from Los Angeles where there's not very much change of the seasons. So to be able to be in Chicago during the Christmas time with all the snow and cold weather, it was so amazing and so fun," said Estevez.ABC7's own Hosea Sanders has a small part in the film, playing an announcer who calls a hockey game and presents a...
    NOT trying to stress anyone out - but we officially have less than a month to go before Christmas. And while we're busy sorting out the logistics of the day and how we're going to feed all the family, our kids are constantly asking us for updates on Santa's schedule. 5Your kids can watch Santa LIVE on YouTube 5They can also see what the elves are up to as wellCredit: YouTube 5Even the reindeers feature too Sound familiar? Then we'll let you into a little secret. Over on Festive Studio's YouTube channel, you and the kids can watch a constant live stream from the North Pole 24 hours a day. The totally free resource gives kids insight into every aspect of the huge Christmas operation Santa and his team of elves pull off every year. Every few minutes, the live stream jumps between the mailroom, wrapping paper station, workshop, office, reindeer pen and Santa's living room. FABULOUS BINGO: GET A £5 FREE BONUS WITH NO DEPOSIT REQUIRED And while Santa is rarely seen taking a much-needed break with Mrs Claus,...
    Is your Christmas list a mile long? If you’re shopping for lots of people on a tight budget, we’ve found some awesome presents that are cheap and creative. Check out our 101 Best Christmas Gifts Under $10. This year, you really can afford something cool for everyone. Keep in mind, prices change constantly, so things could be slightly over or just a bit under $10 on any given day. If you have a bit more to spend, we’ve found 101 cheap Christmas gifts that will still win the day without breaking the bank as nothing is over $50.
    President Joe Biden has returned to the White House after his five-day Thanksgiving vacation with plans to address the country on critical issues. The president returned Sunday evening after spending five days on Nantucket Island with his family, remaining mostly private. He spoke briefly with reporters as he attended a Christmas tree lighting ceremony on the island and also went shopping. Biden will address the nation on his administration’s efforts to combat the Omicron variant of the coronavirus on Monday, according to the White House, as well as supply chain difficulties during the Christmas season after meeting with retail CEOs. First Lady Jill Biden is also expected to reveal the White House decorations for the holiday season on Monday afternoon. Her theme this year is “Gifts from the Heart.” U.S. President Joe Biden and First Lady Jill Biden step off Air Force One upon arrival at Joint Base Andrews, Maryland on November 28, 2021. Biden returned to Washington after spending Thanksgiving in Nantucket, Massachusetts. (MANDEL NGAN/AFP via Getty Images) Later in the week, Biden will travel to Rosemount, Minnesota to...
    IT was snow holds barred for Sean Dyche's hardman reputation. The grinning Burnley manager was dressed for summer in just a shirt and tie as he strolled around the white-carpet Turf Moor pitch while heavy snow streamed down and forced off the clash with Tottenham. Sean Dyche admiring the snowy Turf Moor pitch in just a white shirt ❄️ ???? pic.twitter.com/iSkhzJ3jGo— Football Daily (@footballdaily) November 28, 2021 5 The Clarets had hoped to sleigh struggling Spurs and move out of the drop zone. 5Groundstaff tried in vain to sweep away the snow before the Prem game was postponed And although ref Peter Bankes asked for the snow to be swept away, he eventually postponed Sunday's match after speaking to Dyche and Tottenham chief Antonio Conte. But Dyche's dramatic appearance earned him new plaudits on social media - and even comparisons to a famous horror movie scene. One fan posted: "Something about this reminded me of Jack Nicholson from The Shining. Sean Dyche take a bow."  Another said: "Sean Dyche is the hardest bloke in football. I'm surprised he's not topless." And one accolade suggested...
    NEW YORK -- Postal workers who recall packages and letters piled up in distribution hubs a year ago are gearing up for another holiday crush.The United States Postal Service and private shippers UPS and FedEx are bolstering their hiring -- bringing in nearly a quarter million temporary workers -- to ensure they don't become overwhelmed by packages again.Here are recommended holiday 2021 shipping deadlines for major shipping companies to help you get your packages in the mail on time.United States Postal Service (USPS) 2021 holiday shipping deadlinesFor delivery before Dec. 25 USPS Retail Ground: Dec. 15 First Class Mail: Dec. 17 Priority Mail: Dec. 18 Priority Mail Express: Dec. 23 Click here for USPS shipping deadlines for mail sent to international and military addresses. USPS also offers a list on its website with tips about how to avoid common holiday shipping mishaps to ensure your packages arrive on time.UPS holiday 2021 shipping deadlinesFor Dec. 24 delivery UPS Ground: UPS recommends its self-service options for calculating delivery time UPS 3 Day Select: Dec. 21 UPS 2nd Day Air:...
    President BidenJoe BidenUS lawmakers arrive in Taiwan to meet with local officials Biden meets with Coast Guard on Thanksgiving Five reasons for Biden, GOP to be thankful this season MORE on Friday spent about an hour strolling around downtown Nantucket, where his family spent Thanksgiving, before attending a tree lighting ceremony.  Joined by some of his grandchildren, Biden posed for photos and appeared to make some purchases at shops, The Associated Press reported. Passersby shouted “Hey, Joe” and “We love you, Joe,” according to the AP.  He also went to lunch with first lady Jill BidenJill BidenBiden meets with Coast Guard on Thanksgiving Biden calls in to Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade: 'America's back' Overnight Defense & National Security — Biden officials consider more Ukraine aid MORE as well as his children, Hunter and Ashley, and grandchildren. Following his walk, the family attended Nantucket’s annual Christmas tree lighting ceremony, the wire service added. Earlier in the day, Biden discussed the new COVID-19 variant and travel restrictions he imposed on people coming from South Africa.  "As a precautionary measure until we have more...
    HERE are some presents you will be hoping WON'T be under the Christmas tree this year. 'Tis the season when Premier League clubs get into the festive period and provide fans with stocking fillers to buy for their loved ones. 14Martin Odegaard and Arsenal are getting into the Christmas spirit But often, they fill their stores with Xmas tat, from crackers to baubles and kitchen sets with their team's badge on. These are the worst gifts we've seen this year. MAN UTD BAUBLES, £11.25 In gold and red, Manchester United's colours lend well to Christmas. Their United Direct store is shifting plastic baubles with the club's crest on the front, they call an 'essential item for supporters'. You get a pack of five to decorate your tree with... if you must. 14Man Utd fans will do well to avoid these plastic baubles ARSENAL JUMPER, £28 The obsession with the bruised banana print surely has to stop now? Fair enough it was an iconic design for a kit, but it really doesn't lend well to this Christmas jumper. Also, since...
    PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — Thanksgiving Day in Philadelphia means Christmas Village is back at LOVE Park. There was so much excitement in the air for the 14th annual Christmas Village Thursday afternoon. People packed inside the open-air German Market early in the morning. Some having their pictures taken in front of the ‘I heart Philly’ sign. READ MORE: Philadelphia Welcomes Back Thanksgiving Day Parade After One-Year Break Dozens of venders including international and local ones selling gifts and decorations and ornaments. The smells were also impressive; people ate German food and sipping on hot chocolate. Many families from the Delaware Valley came out Thursday morning, but some are visiting from out of state, like one couple from Boise, Idaho. READ MORE: Thanksgiving Weather: What To Expect In Philadelphia, New Jersey, Delaware On Turkey Day, Black Friday“We love it. This is actually a return trip for us. So we really love it here. Made it a point of coming back here,” Kyle Stevens told CBS3. “It’s just happiness,” Erica Lynn from West Philadelphia said. “You see all these people around you...
    Getty All across the United States, friends and families are gathering to watch the parade and football, dine on turkey and pumpkin pie and generally give thanks. Every November, Thanksgiving is celebrated on the fourth Thursday of the month. This year, the holiday falls on November 25, 2021. According to History.com, a presidential proclamation from Abraham Lincoln made it a national holiday in 1863. While it was originally celebrated on the last Thursday of the month, Franklin D. Roosevelt made the controversial choice to move it up a week in 1939 to “spur retail sales.” After opposition, he signed a bill in 1941 moving it to the fourth Thursday of the month. Many businesses and financial institutions observe the holiday, closing their stores and halting their services to give employees a chance to appropriately commemorate and celebrate. Among them is the United States Postal Service. The United States Postal Service’s website lists Thanksgiving as one of its 10 observed holidays, meaning all offices will be closed. Other observed holidays are New Year’s Day, Martin Luther King, Jr.’s Birthday,...
    PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — Online shopping is expected to be popular again this holiday season as we continue to deal with the COVID-19 pandemic, but many area malls will be open for those who still want to do some in-person shopping. Check out the holiday hours for malls across the Delaware Valley below: PENNSYLVANIA Exton Square Mall    Thanksgiving Day – Closed Black Friday – 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. Christmas Eve – 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Christmas Day – Closed New Year’s Eve – 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. New Year’s Day – 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Full list of hours here. Click here for directions. King of Prussia Mall Thanksgiving Day – Closed Black Friday – 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. Christmas Eve – 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Christmas Day – Closed New Year’s Eve – 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. New Year’s Day – 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Full list of holiday hours here. Click here for directions. Lancaster Tanger Outlets Thanksgiving Day – Closed Back Friday – 6 a.m. to 9 p.m....
    Getty Taco Bell Are you wanting to grab some crispy tacos or a bean burrito for Thanksgiving at Taco Bell? Whether you just need a little extra food at the end of the day because or you simply prefer eating tacos for Thanksgiving, you may be wondering if Taco Bell is open on November 25, 2021. Read on for all the details.Most Taco Bell Locations Are Closed on ThanksgivingAccording to Taco Bell’s website, the chain is closed on Thanksgiving. It’s also closed on Christmas Day, but may be open on Christmas Eve. There’s always a chance that a rare store may be open. In the past, a representative told Heavy that decisions on whether the stores are closed on Thanksgiving are made store-by-store rather than chainwide. However, most stores will be closed. Click here to find your closest Taco Bell near you and see its hours today and exactly what time the store reopens on Friday. Or go here to see a full list of locations per state. There are still many other options for fast food even though Taco Bell is...
    TURKEY, stuffing, pigs in blankets, roast potatoes and a whole heap of vegetables. That's the traditional Christmas dinner - but many children aren't a fan of the posh roast. 2Some parents have decided not to force a traditional Christmas dinner on their kids, giving them pizza insteadCredit: Getty And instead of trying to force their kids to scarf down the turkey dinner, some parents have decided to let them have free rein on Christmas day - and choose exactly what they want to eat. "I tell my children (boys 10 & 5) they can eat whatever they want on Xmas day," mum of two Becki Dunwell wrote on the Family Lowdown Tips and Ideas group on Facebook. "Chocolate for breakfast? Sure. Pizza for your dinner? Sure.I only started this a couple of years ago and it works a treat. "Christmas is a time to enjoy yourself and be with your loved ones, not to stress about cooking a feast that may or may not get eaten. Most read in LifestyleAS IF! Royal fans WINCE as...
    Whataburger Whataburger Craving a Whataburger for Thanksgiving? Then you’re in luck. Whataburger is open for business on Thanksgiving 2021. So if you’re wanting to take a break from turkey and holiday food, you can stop by the Whataburger near you to enjoy one of their many delicious menu items.Whataburger Stores Are Open on ThanksgivingWhataburger restaurants are open for their regular hours today on Thanksgiving on November 25, 2021, just like they are every year. A representative told Heavy that Whataburger is open 24/7, 364 days a year. There is only one day a year when Whataburger is closed. That’s on Christmas Day. In addition to Thanksgiving, the holidays on which Whataburger is open include New Year’s Day, Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Valentine’s Day, Presidents’ Day, St. Patrick’s Day, Good Friday, Mother’s Day, Memorial Day, Father’s Day, Independence Day, Columbus Day, Halloween, Veteran’s Day, Labor Day, Black Friday, Christmas Eve, and New Year’s Eve. Some Whataburger locations might close a little early on Christmas Eve sometimes, but typically Christmas Day is the only holiday where Whataburger’s hours change....
    Dunkin Donuts Thanksgiving hours: Is Dunkin Donuts open on Thanksgiving? Before you are off to spend hours with your mother-in-law in the kitchen, you need coffee. And maybe a valium. The best place to get the coffee is Dunkin Donuts (we can’t help you with the valium, sorry). But is the donut chain even open on Thursday due to Thanksgiving?Dunkin Donuts Thanksgiving hoursUnfortunately, a lot of the shops will be closed. WOMP WOMP. Here’s a lit of the holidays so you know ahead of time for all the holidays coming up. New Year’s Day – Regular Hours Martin Luther King Day – Regular Hours Presidents’ Day – Regular Hours Good Friday – Regular Hours Easter – Regular Hours Memorial Day – Regular Hours Independence Day – Regular Hours Labor Day – Regular Hours Columbus Day – Regular Hours Veterans Day – Regular Hours Thanksgiving – Closed (varies by location) Black Friday – Regular Hours Christmas Eve – Reduced Hours (varies by location) Christmas Day – Closed New Year’s Eve – Regular Hours Why do we celebrate Thanksgiving?Most of us know why we celebrate Thanksgiving but just...
    CHICAGO (WLS) -- Wednesday is expected to be the busiest day on the roads, as people head out to spend Thanksgiving with families.But getting to your destination isn't going to be cheap.RELATED: Not sure how to hang Christmas lights? Chicago company takes stress out of decoratingOver 48 million people are expected to drive to their destination.Even with high gas prices, people are figuring out a way to fill up and go.But help is on the way, as President Joe Biden announced the release of 50 million barrels of emergency oil reserves.Although, relief could take weeks."We should see some down-drafts at the pump just in time for, potentially, Christmas, but prices are still going to be well into that $3-a-gallon territory, where it's quite uncomfortable," said Patrick De Haan, with GasBuddy.EMBED More News Videos Driving somewhere for Thanksgiving? Prepare to pay at the pump. In the Chicago area, the average price of regular unleaded is $3.57 a gallon, compared to Thanksgiving week last year, when it was $2.17 a gallon.Travel experts report travel this year will be nearly triple the volume...
    DULUTH, Minn. (AP) — A Hibbing man was sentenced Tuesday to life in prison without parole for the shooting death of another man on Christmas Day 2018. A judge found Jerome Spann, 32, guilty of murder and assault following a court trial in August. Prosecutors say Spann exited an SUV and fired into a group of people standing outside a residence in Hibbing. A man with whom Spann had a dispute, 34-year-old Jeryel McBeth, was shot three times and died at a Hibbing hospital. Spann continued to fire another four or five rounds and wounded 25-year-old Jamien Stuckey. A Hibbing police officer testified to a grand jury that he had responded to Spann’s residence a day before the killing after the defendant called 911 to report McBeth “banging on his door and threatening to assault him.” (© Copyright 2021 The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)   More On WCCO.com: Thousands Of Drivers Refusing To Pull Over For Police; ‘U’ Research Suggests Reasons For Uptick Kitchen Window Closing In Minneapolis...
    Getty The Hallmark Channel float at the 2020 Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade. Hallmark Channel is contributing a float to the 95th annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. Dubbed “The Heartwarming Holiday Countdown,” the float is a three-dimensional calendar counting down the days of December until Christmas. It’s decked out with some of the most iconic symbols of Christmas from snowmen to nutcrackers to stockings hung by a blazing fireplace. According to the Macy’s website, if the candy canes on the float were real, they’d have over 32,000 calories. In a video on Hallmark Channel’s website, John Piper, the Vice President of Macy’s Parade Studio, explains that all floats are created at the Macy’s Studio in New Jersey and then transported to Manhattan. Since the floats must travel through the Lincoln Tunnel, they have to be dismantled and then reassembled before the parade begins. Matchbox Twenty singer Rob Thomas will perform on the Hallmark Channel float. Thomas told Us Weekly that he was inspired by Hallmark Christmas movies while writing his new Christmas album, “Something About Christmas Time.” The album...
    Open socialist Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) promoted bail reform efforts just one day after the Waukesha, Wisconsin, Christmas parade, where the suspect – Darrell E. Brooks Jr., who has an extensive criminal record – was released on $1000 bond days prior to when he allegedly plowed an SUV into crowds of people. In a tweet on Monday morning, AOC shared a letter that she penned with Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-NY) and Rep. Jamie Raskin (D-MD) asking New York City’s five District Attorneys for information on “excessive bail in the NYC court system – particularly for low-income defendants.” She tweeted: More than 75% of individuals in custody haven’t been convicted of a crime, and are confined in unsafe conditions simply because they cannot afford cash bail. Condemning thousands of individuals to languish in such environments as they await trial is unacceptable. More than 75% of individuals in custody havent been convicted of a crime, and are confined in unsafe conditions simply because they cannot afford cash bail. Condemning thousands of individuals to languish in such environments as they await trial is unacceptable....
    APPARENTLY, the Queen weighs her guests before and after the royal lunch on Christmas Day. CAN YOU IMAGINE? 2The Queen apparently weighs her festive guests pre and post their Christmas lunch feastCredit: AFP The practice dates back to the early 1900s. King Edward VII would make his festive visitors stand on the scales to make sure they had been suitably wined and dined. As someone who treats Christmas Day-eating like a sport, who merrily polishes off the runt of the Celebrations tin (Bounties), and who was once caught on camera stooping to eat a sprout off the floor, the notion of discovering that I have put on 6lb in six hours is nothing short of monstrous. As if Christmas at the Queen's Norfolk estate Sandringham didn't sound daunting enough, there's also a VERY odd tradition every member of the Royal Family has to follow. In 2018, royal expert Ingrid Seward Ingrid told Grazia that The Queen asks each of her guests - including Kate Middleton and Prince William - to "weigh themselves" when they arrive using a set of antique scales....
    ‘Twas the month before Christmas and all through the house, there were plenty of creatures stirring…wondering when all the presents were going to get here. 2020 has been rough enough already. Ensure that all your Christmas gifts are delivered on time using 2-Day shipping with an Amazon Prime membership. Our list below features a number of wonderful presents for women, men, kids, and even pets and all of them will get to you before the magic day of Christmas (this year it’s Friday, December 25). But take note: to take advantage of the speedy-quick delivery and last-minute deadlines that Amazon provides, you must be an Amazon Prime member. Monday, December 21, was the last day to order from Amazon with guaranteed delivery before Christmas. You might have had some luck on Tuesday, December 22, as well. If you’re reading this on Wednesday, December 23, many of the items below may be available for overnight shipping but that will change as the day wears on.
    (CBS/CNN) — Chick-fil-A customers looking for their fix over Christmas weekend this year will be disappointed. The chicken chain will be closed on Christmas Day, which falls on a Saturday, in addition to the Sunday after. Traditionally, Chick-fil-A is closed on Christmas. But because of when the holiday falls this year, that means the restaurant’s roughly 2,600 US locations will be closed for two days in a row. It will reopen Monday, December 27. READ MORE: New Hampshire Driver's Car Impaled By Guardrail After Crash On Everett TurnpikeMassachusetts has Chick-fil-A restaurants in Attleboro, Brockton, Burlington, Hyannis, Chicopee, Boston, Dedham, Framingham, Hanover, Marlboro, Methuen, Peabody, Plymouth, Seekonk, Westboro, Woburn and Worcester. Another Chick-fil-A is reportedly coming soon to Fall River. The state’s “Blue Laws” prohibit most retailers from opening on certain holidays, but not restaurants. Chick-fil-A will also be closed on Thanksgiving Day. READ MORE: Massachusetts 15th Worst State For Drivers, According To New StudyChick-fil-A closes its restaurants on Sundays because of its devout Christian ownership. Its owner’s beliefs has drawn controversy in the past. For example, CEO Dan Cathy said...
    The average adult spends nearly an hour cleaning their homes - on Christmas Day, according to research. A study of 2,000 Brits revealed just how much time is spent preparing for guests and cleaning up after family during the festive period – with the average adult slaving away for 43 minutes a day. 5Cleaning up on Christmas is often the last thing on most peoples listsCredit: Getty In fact, three in 10 claim to spend more time cleaning over the Christmas period than actually enjoying the celebrations. It also emerged half are guilty of judging other people's homes when visiting them over the festive period. And 72 per cent feel the pressure to clean prior to having visitors during the holidays, with a quarter claiming that being judged themselves is the top reason for cleaning over Christmas. FABULOUS BINGO: GET A £5 FREE BONUS WITH NO DEPOSIT REQUIRED A spokesperson for Marigold, which commissioned the research, said: "There’s always such a build up to Christmas, especially this year when we may not have had many visitors over the past 18...
    ALTHOUGH many expect only the most extravagant fine-dining to take place in Sandringham with British monarchs this year, a former chef reveals that the royal Christmas lunch is very traditional. Darren McGrady who previously worked in the royal kitchens explained how staff are likely to be extremely busy getting Sandringham ready for the festive celebrations. 2The queen doting on her grandsonCredit: AFP Mr McGrady explained that the family usually dine on a big Christmas lunch after the church celebrations. He said they would previously eat “a salad with shrimp or lobster, and a roasted turkey, and all of your traditional side dishes like parsnips, carrots, Brussels sprouts, and Christmas pudding with brandy butter for dessert” reported the Mirror. The former chef also explained that the queen enjoyed a very traditional Turkey dinner, and they do not have ham as he explains the family's festive meal choices are "very boring." "We did three turkeys for the Queen and her family in the royal dining room, one for the children's nursery and then more for the 100 or so staff, so...
    A MUM has revealed she has eaten a Christmas roast every day for 20 years, apart from last Christmas Day when she tucked into a Mexican feast. Jayne Winteringham, 66, whips up a roast every day, complete with Brussels sprouts, carrots and roast potatoes. 5Jayne Winteringham has had a Christmas roast dinner every day for the past 20 yearsCredit: PA Real Life 5Jayne whips up a roast every day, complete with Brussels sprouts, carrots and roast potatoesCredit: PA Real Life She only occasionally eats her favourite meal in a pub or restaurant - and claims having a consistent calorie intake helps her to maintain her enviable size 10 figure. Last December 25th, the retired nursery worker was forced to deviate from her usual menu when her daughter cooked their festive meal.  She said: “She lived in Mexico for a while, so when I went round to her house for Christmas Day last year, she made everyone Mexican food. “If I had been cooking, I would have made Christmas dinner. But last year was tricky with the pandemic and lockdowns. “I...
    Share this: ON THIS DAY IN 1911, the Brooklyn Daily Eagle reported, “Several divisions of sweepers of the Department of Street Cleaning joined the striking drivers this afternoon. Heads of the union said that hundreds had gone out in the downtown sections of Manhattan, that sweepers all over the city were refusing to help the strike-breakers and that the entire force of 3,500 sweepers would be out by tonight. That was the statement made by George Prescott, secretary-treasurer and business agent of the International Brotherhood of Teamsters. Prescott declared that should it become necessary, the drivers on all classes of vehicles might be called out. He said that he thought the men now out could handle the situation without any extra help, that they didn’t want physical help so much as they want financial assistance, and that the policy of the union leaders would be to ‘pull from their jobs’ as few men as possible. There was a persistent report going around during the day that the firemen on the tugboats which tow the garbage scows were also talking of...
    With Veteran's Day approaching, former US Army Sergeant Josephine Bogdanich has a lot to celebrate.  The retired servicewoman recently marked her 105th birthday, making her one of the oldest living female WWII veterans in the United States.  She was also the oldest aboard the first ever all-female 'Honor Flight' to Washington, D.C., last month paying tribute to women who served in the military.  'I let everyone in charge know I had to be up at midnight to catch a 2am flight,' Bogdanich, a resident of the Veteran's Home in Manteno, Illinois since 2017, told DailyMail.com.  'I was so afraid they'd forget to wake me and I'd miss the opportunity of a lifetime to travel with 93 other female vets to the Vietnam Women's War Memorial and the Military Women's Memorial in Arlington, Virginia.'  'The trip was one of the highlights of my life.'  At the age of 105, army Sergeant Josephine Bogdanich, of Chicago, is one of the oldest living female WWII veterans in the US Sgt. Josephine Bogdanich and Korean War Air Force Veteran Amelia Cunningham waiting to board...
    Jacinda Ardern's government is holding true to its reopening plans as New Zealand continues to notch unwelcome COVID-19 benchmarks. Last week, New Zealand reported more than 1,000 cases of COVID-19; a seventh of its total infections through the entire pandemic. There were also two deaths, both people with the virus who were isolating at home. On Monday, health officials also reported the death of a recent arrival in a quarantine hotel, taking NZ's COVID-19 toll to 32. Saturday's highwater mark of 206 cases brought a worrying record hospitalisation count of 74 on Sunday, and there is no indication either figure will drop soon. The outbreak remains centred on Auckland, producing over 90 per cent of daily cases, which will enter a 13th week of lockdown this week. New Zealand has hit 90% first dose vaccine (above, vaccination centre in Otara, Auckland)  New Zealand has mandated vaccines in all workers who have close contact with their customers, including those at restaurants, bars, gyms and hair salons (above) This week, despite the roaring case numbers, Aucklanders are set for new freedoms. Ardern's...
    (CNN)Ed Sheeran says Elton John has become an integral part of his life. The Grammy winner spoke to Apple Music's Zane Lowe about his new album, "=" and Sheeran shared that John has been calling him "every single morning" since his longtime friend and music executive Michael Gudinski died in March."I think people think I'm exaggerating and lying when I say he calls every day. He calls me every single morning. Even if it's like 10 seconds, every single morning he calls."Adding, "When Michael passed away, he rung me the day after to check how I was, and I really wasn't good. And then just from that point he's literally ringing me every single day ... I am feeding porridge to Lyra in the morning, I get a call from Elton, and it's 'Lyra, say hi to Elton.' It's just become a daily thing and there's not many people in my life like that and I really, really appreciate him."The two friends and artists are now also collaborators. They have a Christmas duet set to debut in December, something Sheeran...
    A WOMAN has left a note to her neighbours threatening to ruin Christmas for the entire block of flats after her TV was stolen. In her note she vowed to "steal every single package, every mat and every trash can" unless the "thief returns her stolen TV." 2The woman vowed to ruin Christmas after her TV got stolenCredit: @lolaoflucia / twitter 2Her threatening note warned her neighbours she would "steal every single package."Credit: @lolaoflucia / twitter The woman named Liz, left Twitter users in stitches after she posted the message she left to her neighbours with the caption "So it begins." The note reads: "To the person who stole my TV. "Bring it back and all will be forgiven. Otherwise, there will be no Christmas in this building. I will steal every single package. I will steal every mat and every trash can. I will engage in warfare until the day I move out. It's up to you, you broke bitch. you have 24 HOURS." Her post quickly went viral with Twitter users finding her reaction hilarious. Most read in...
    IT'S certainly the spookiest time of year and the cost of Halloween costumes and decorations can be scary for your wallet too. But money-saving mum Laura Portanier-Taylor, 31 from Kent has a few tricks up her sleeve which allows her to save a fortune each year and the key is to plan ahead. 5Money-saving mum Laura Portanier-Taylor shares how she saves a fortune of Halloween each yearCredit: Latest Deals 5She bagged two adult costumes worth £50 for just £3 eachCredit: Latest Deals 5She shopped at Wilko last year on Nov 1 and put them away in storage for this yearCredit: Latest Deals The event manager and step-mum to one 13-year-old daughter, told money-saving community LatestDeals.co.uk: "I purchased Halloween costumes for myself and my husband last year on the 1st November from Wilko. "As I visited the day after Halloween, all of those seasonal items were massively marked down. Due to COVID, there was also a huge amount of stock leftover, therefore the price reductions were even bigger than normal." Laura bagged two adult costumes that retailed at...
    Crown Media The Hallmark Channel is providing Christmas movie viewers with a chance to actually be on TV during the premiere of a new Hallmark Christmas movie this weekend. If you sing Gospel music, then you can enter a contest to be on TV during Hallmark’s new movie, “Christmas in Harmony,” which premieres this Friday. Upload a Video of Yourself Singing Gospel Music & You Might Appear During Hallmark’s ‘Christmas in Harmony’The rules are simple. Make a video of you (or you with a group of people — even a choir) singing a Gospel song and upload it on Hallmark’s submission page here. Crown Media will then select a few people from the submissions and their performances will be aired during the premiere of Hallmark’s new movie, “Christmas in Harmony.” “Christmas in Harmony” premieres on Friday, October 29 at 8 p.m. Eastern. Just submit your video here. The video needs to be less than three minutes long according to the submission page.The Song Must Be in the Public DomainAs with any contest, it’s always a good idea to read...
    The year goes on its course and some holidays are missing before Christmas. If you are planning a trip, review this calendar in detail to find out when the longest weekend is. We are already living in the last months of the year and we have bad news: there is only one 2021 marked by epidemic Long weekend. If we test Holiday calendar We’ll see a few more days like Immaculate Conception (December 8) and Christmas in red, but considering it comes on Mondays or Fridays, there’s only one weekend, which will be an extra day off. When is the next long weekend? This is November 1st, the festive date All Saints’ Day and this year Monday. Thus, the majority stopped working on Friday, October 29th and did not return until Tuesday, November 2nd. It is important to remember that November 1 or October 31 (Evangelical and Protestant Churches Day) are not discounted holidays, so the business can invite its staff. What holidays are coming up to close the year? Read more> “This is what happened when I...
    SHE’S known as the Queen of Clean with a quarter of a million followers following her home hacks - and Lynsey Crombie has admitted she doesn’t even take Christmas Day off.  The cleaning expert and TV personality, 42, has revealed she even cleans other people's homes for free as she loves it so much.  4Lynsey Crombie, known as the Queen of Clean, scrubs her home for four hours a day and said it is like 'medicine' to her 4Lynsey even cleans on Christmas Day and said she cleans home for free as she loves it so muchCredit: lynsey_queenofclean/Instagram The mum of three, from Peterborough, was first seen in 2014 on Channel 4’s Obsessive Compulsive Cleaners, which saw her spruce up some of Britain’s muckiest houses. These days, Lynsey is This Morning’s cleaning expert where she frequently shares her favourite hacks for getting chores done quicker. Speaking to Fabulous, Lynsey said that she doesn’t even take Christmas Day off from cleaning.  The cleaning author, whose third book The 15-Minute Clean came out earlier this year, said: “Christmas Day can be messy,...
    IT'S feared loved ones could be stopped from meeting AGAIN this Christmas after reports ministers are discussing emergency Covid plans. Households would be banned from mixing under the 'Plan C' guidance, reportedly being considered if the Plan B back-up fails. 4It's feared loved ones could be stopped from meeting AGAIN this Christmas 4Sajid Javid gives a press conference on the Covid crisis yesterday 4The Health Secretary wants Brits' to wear masks in enclosed spacesCredit: PA:Press Association The proposals, which one minister denied this morning, would see facemasks, orders to work from home and vaccine passports enforced. It's not clear how bad infection rates would have to be before launching the crackdown, but if the rules are brought in over the festive period, Christmas could be effected for the second year in a row. Yesterday, Health Secretary Sajid Javid warned cases could reach 100,000 a day this winter and urged people to take precautions against the virus. He maintained that Plan B contingency measures won't happen "at this point" - but begged Brits not to "blow it". The so-called Plan B...
    A toy executive is calling out President Biden for not doing enough to address the global supply chain crisis crippling U.S. ports ahead of the holiday shopping season. MGA Entertainment CEO Isaac Larian joined "America's Newsroom" Thursday after the president announced Wednesday more U.S. ports will be working 24 hours a day and seven days a week to address the bottlenecks in the system. "Whether the ports are open 24 hours a day or 48 hours a day, you cannot get labor," Larian said. "If you cannot get labor, you cannot get trucks, you cannot get the merchandise out." "I think this directive is too little, too late. And frankly, it's a political gimmick to me." During a press briefing on Wednesday, White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki said the White House "cannot guarantee" that Christmas presents will arrive on time.  "We are not the Postal Service, UPS or FedEx. We cannot guarantee," Psaki said. "What we can do is use every lever at the federal government’s disposal to reduce delays, to ensure we are addressing bottlenecks in the system, including...
    U.S. Rep. Jim Jordan is dredging up Republicans' annual false claims of a "war on Christmas" by Democrats. The Ohio GOP Congressman was quickly mocked for his efforts – including by some reminding him of his alleged role in enabling a sexual predator while he served as an assistant coach for Ohio State's wrestling team. Others suggested the January 6 Committee may be investigating him, and some pointed to his poor legislative record. "Democrats 'canceled' Columbus Day," Jordan tweeted Wednesday. "How long until they do the same for Christmas?" For nearly three decades there has a growing movement to replace Columbus Day with Indigenous Peoples' Day, which this year was a federal holiday thanks to President Joe Biden. The movement is in response to the violent atrocities Columbus committed against native peoples and the false claims that he "discovered America" and proved the earth is not flat. The push-back was immediate: @Jim_Jordan Republicans cancel life because you side with #COVID19 — David Weissman (@David Weissman) 1634128045.0 Jesus Christ are we starting this already https://t.co/hfiUTFKUif — Drivenprogressive (@Drivenprogressive) 1634128410.0 ...
    WITH reports of potentially running out of Christmas goodies early this year due to HGV driver shortages, plenty are buying their family favs ahead of time. But for those who want to be sure they're all set for December 25th ahead of time, there are plenty of festive foods that can be bought now and frozen. 4You can get a jump start on Christmas prep now with the help of your freezerCredit: Getty M&S, Iceland and Aldi have all reported increases in sales of their frozen Christmas turkeys. But if you decide to bag one, there's no need to freeze the turkey whole as chefs revealed how to prep your Christmas meal in advance to give yourself a relaxed Christmas morning. Tackling the turkey The turkey takes centre stage on most people's festive tables and James Dennis at The White Hart in Wimborne told Mail Online that you can prep this now and freeze it. He said: "If you do manage to get a turkey, pour some leftover gravy over the cooked turkey and freeze it....
    A FAMILY has covered their entire house in Christmas decorations - despite it still being more than TWO MONTHS until the big day. Helen and John Attlesey light up their house in Soham, Cambs., every year for charity. 7Helen and John Attlesey light up their house in Soham, Cambs., every yearCredit: Terry Harris (THA) 7Their festive décor features light-up snowmen, Santas and Christmas trees at the frontCredit: Terry Harris (THA) 7A row of Christmas trees and glowing archway welcome guests at the side of the houseCredit: THA And although there will be no big switch-on event this year due to Covid, the couple has still gone all out to get into the festive spirit. Light-up snowmen and Santas can be seen at the front of the house while a row of glowing Christmas trees greets guests at the side. Stars, bells and jingle balls are also heavily featured in the display, which Helen and John briefly lit up for an early trial switch-on. Helen said: "Not all of them are up but we've made a start and...
    Dr. Anthony Fauci on Monday sought to clarify remarks he made over the weekend that it was "too soon" for families to consider gathering in person to celebrate Christmas. Appearing on CNN, Fauci claimed the comments he made on CBS's "Face the Nation" were "taken completely out of context," and that he never intended to convey that people couldn't spend Christmas with their families.  "It is just too soon to tell," Fauci told CBS anchor Margaret Brennan on Sunday when she asked if people could gather. "We have to concentrate on continuing to get those numbers down and not try to jump ahead by weeks or months and say what we’re going to do at a particular time." FAUCI CLAMMED FOR CLAIMING IT'S ‘TOO SOON’ TO CONSIDER CHRISTMAS GATHERINGS Fauci, who was heavily criticized for the remarks, told CNN's Kate Bolduan that people, especially those who are vaccinated against the coronavirus, could plan to have a "good, normal Christmas" with their families. "I also said something over the weekend that was taken completely out of context. I was asked what...