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December 18, 2013 | By Patrick Kevin Day
Christmas not complete without film of a burning Yule log playing on your TV? The annual holiday tradition is back this year, but with a few modern variations. The annual Yule log film began in 1966 when New York station WPIX first aired a three-hour film of logs burning in a fireplace on Christmas Eve. Ratings were surprisingly good, so the next year the film was re-aired, and then re-aired again. "The Yule Log" airing became a WPIX tradition in New York, where many apartment dwellers had no fireplace of their own, but eventually ended in 1989.
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December 27, 2013 | By Sara Lessley, guest blogger
Talk about a First World problem: Christmas packages that didn't arrive on time. Suffice to say, Christmas 2013 wasn't Amazon's, or UPS' or FedEx's finest hour. But from the uproar , you'd have thought NORAD had mistakenly brought down Santa and his eight tiny reindeer somewhere between Cleveland and Des Moines. In Time magazine (and to digress just a bit, who doesn't like its “Every Time Person of the Year in 30 seconds” online graphic ? Though try naming/explaining some of those middle decades to your teen in milliseconds!
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December 26, 2012 | By S. Irene Virbila
This year I had one of my best Christmas Eve dinners ever. Maybe it's because it unfolded in such a leisurely fashion--a little eating, a little dancing and listening to music, a little nibbling, a little conversation. And repeat. Watching the sunset, admiring the ring around the moon. We started about 4 p.m., shucking five dozen kumamoto oysters and watching the light fade over the horizon as we sipped a 1996 Fleury Champagne followed by a 2004 Muscadet. Bruschetta was involved too, lavished with olive oil, ricotta cheese and fresh roasted red bell peppers.
BUSINESS
December 26, 2013 | By Tiffany Hsu and Ricardo Lopez
The crush of last-minute online shopping that stymied Christmas deliveries for thousands of people served as a harsh lesson to retailers and shippers: The ever-exploding number of Internet orders is making on-time distribution more difficult. Though cybershopping still is a small part of overall retail sales, companies eager to lure customers to the new frontier are adding to the pressure by touting same-day delivery options in many areas. But the difficulties that FedEx Corp.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 25, 2013 | By Jill Cowan
Since 1968, come rain or shine, Joan Sue Betson's yard on Galaxy Drive in Newport Beach has been a Christmas Eve beacon. In old photos, hundreds of candles can be seen glowing inside brown paper bags side by side on a retaining wall in front of the sprawling Spanish-style home and lining the driveway. Rows of the homemade luminarias shine from window sills and light the porch. "It used to be quite an event to walk out here every year," said neighbor John Senick, who has lived behind the house for about seven years, in an interview with Times Community News.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 24, 2010 | By Daniel Siegal, Los Angeles Times
So you didn't make it out of town for the holidays this year, and the family didn't come to you, either; this is your golden opportunity to take advantage of that grandest of traditions, the Christmas Eve drink. Just about everything except bars will be closed, but you'll find plenty of company there, making merry, maybe even caroling. At the very least, you can give yourself the present of a good stiff drink. The Tap Room at the Langham Huntington Just because you're drinking alone on Christmas Eve doesn't mean you can't do it with class.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 24, 1993
Today is Christmas Eve. Among the agencies affected: Mail: Most post offices will be open until noon and mail will be delivered. Banks: Most banks and savings and loan institutions will be open. Courts: All courts will be closed. Schools: Most public schools in Los Angeles County--including those in the Los Angeles Unified School District--will be closed until Jan. 4. Government: All federal, state, county and municipal offices--except those providing emergency services--will be closed.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 23, 2010
For six hours on Christmas Eve, more than 40 musical groups representing the diversity of Los Angeles will host a free (even parking!) alfresco performance at the Music Center downtown. That should warm the cold, tuneless heart of any Grinch. Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, 135 N. Grand Ave., L.A. 3-6 p.m. Fri. Free. lacountyarts.org .
BUSINESS
December 20, 2012 | By Tiffany Hsu
The swamped malls, crowded parking lots and frantic delivery companies say it all: Christmas crunch time is here for the two-thirds of Americans who still haven't finished their holiday shopping. That's 132 million people trying to figure out last-minute gifts, according to a holiday poll conducted by Consumer Reports from Dec. 10 to 17. Of the respondents, 14% have yet to start shopping. And 17 million people - 9% of the total - will still be scrambling on Christmas Eve. So far, the average American has spent $340 on presents.
BUSINESS
December 24, 2012 | By Andrew Tangel
Stocks continued their slide in a shortened Christmas Eve trading session as hope dimmed that Washington would fix the fiscal cliff before year's end. The Dow Jones industrial average was down 38 points, or 0.3%, to 13,152 shortly after the opening bell on Wall Street. Volumes were expected to be light in the holiday session. The broader Standard & Poor's 500 index lost 4 points, or 0.3%, to 1,426. The technology-heavy Nasdaq was down 9 points, or 0.3%, to 3,012. After Speaker John Boehner's "Plan B" flopped in the U.S. House, investors have become more pessimistic about the chances that Congress and President Obama would resolve the so-called fiscal cliff by Dec. 31. Major U.S. indexes fell about 1% Friday.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 25, 2013 | By KTLA-5
A vigil took place on Christmas Eve at the site in South Los Angeles where a 35-year-old man was stabbed to death in an attack that has left police searching for the killer and a motive. William Jennings died about 10:30 p.m. Friday after a confrontation in the 3300 block of West Jefferson Boulevard in the Jefferson Park neighborhood. He and his wife had just walked home from a Christmas party, according to relatives, when he went to the corner store. During that quick trip, he was approached by another man who pulled out a knife and stabbed Jennings after a brief dispute, according to police.
NEWS
December 25, 2013 | By Maeve Reston
President Obama and his wife, Michelle, made their customary Christmas visit to greet troops at Marine Corps Base Hawaii, offering thanks and encouragement to some 580 service members before spending the evening at home with friends and family. The ocean-front Marine base at Kaneohe Bay -- where Obama also works out, plays golf and goes to the beach with his family -- is a five-minute drive from the Obamas' vacation rental in Kailua.  In a speech at the chow hall, Obama acknowledged the "friends and comrades" who are raising their families on the base while their loved ones serve in Afghanistan and elsewhere.  In a three-minute speech before he stepped off the stage to greet Marines individually, Obama noted that he had recently spoken to soldiers in Afghanistan and Bahrain, among other places.  PHOTOS: The battle over Obamacare "It was just a sampling of the incredible sacrifice that all of you and your families make every single day," the president said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 25, 2013 | By Jill Cowan
Since 1968, come rain or shine, Joan Sue Betson's yard on Galaxy Drive in Newport Beach has been a Christmas Eve beacon. In old photos, hundreds of candles can be seen glowing inside brown paper bags side by side on a retaining wall in front of the sprawling Spanish-style home and lining the driveway. Rows of the homemade luminarias shine from window sills and light the porch. "It used to be quite an event to walk out here every year," said neighbor John Senick, who has lived behind the house for about seven years, in an interview with Times Community News.
SPORTS
December 24, 2013 | By Eric Sondheimer
 High school football coaches certainly don't spend nearly 12 months a year coaching for the money, because few are paid to do just that. They coach to try to make a difference, and South Gate Coach Jose Casagran passed along a story that explains why he coaches. He was taking it hard after his team's 34-32 loss to San Fernando in the City Section Division II final when he received a text message the next day from a former player from his Roosevelt High days. "Just wanted to say great season coach and what you did in the playoffs was amazing.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 24, 2013 | By Paige St. John
SACRAMENTO - A California firefighter who was severely burned when her crew was trapped during a 2007 wildfire received a pardon from the governor Tuesday for crimes she committed in her youth. Gov. Jerry Brown's order, citing Brooke Linman's bravery and heroism, was one of 127 grants of clemency that followed a tradition of Christmas Eve pardons he began in 2011. Though most of those who were pardoned committed minor, nonviolent drug crimes decades ago, the list also includes robbers, spouse abusers, people who fired guns during their crimes, a chop-shop operator and a man who stole frozen food.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 24, 2013 | By Randy Lewis
For Christmas Eve, Pop & Hiss offers up a selection of offbeat holiday albums guaranteed to break up the monotony of the same-old, same-old holiday songs and arrangements being piped into malls and over the airwaves of Yuletide-music centered radio stations. Track them down on Spotify, Rhapsody, MOG or other streaming services. Brave Combo , “It's Christmas, Man” (Rounder, 1992) This absurdly eclectic quartet from Texas puts its manic stamp on classics (such as "O, Christmas Tree," which gets the samba treatment, and Mel Torme's "The Christmas Song [Chestnuts]
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 25, 2010 | By Larry Gordon
A six-hour-old baby girl was nicknamed "Noel" by Los Angeles firefighters after she was handed to them by her mother on Christmas Eve. The baby's mother brought the child to Los Angeles Fire Department Station 46 near the Coliseum about 3 p.m. Friday under a state law that allows new mothers to relinquish babies without facing abandonment charges, according to department spokesman Erik Scott. The baby and mother were examined at the station and found to be in good health, he said.
NEWS
December 17, 2013 | By Michael A. Memoli
WASHINGTON -- Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) floated a possible deal Tuesday that would allow senators to go home for Christmas recess as soon as this week as long as Republicans agree to allow the pending slate of President Obama's nominations to be carried over to the next session without being formally resubmitted, a time-consuming process that would otherwise be required. The offer, which was certain to tempt lawmakers who are eyeing their first extended Christmas recess in years, was seen as a test of goodwill in the chamber in the aftermath of Republican anger over Democrats' move to prevent filibusters on most presidential nominations.
SCIENCE
December 23, 2013 | By Deborah Netburn
NASA astronauts will make a second spacewalk in their effort to repair the International Space Station on Tuesday, and you can watch it live, right here. The Christmas Eve spacewalk begins at 4:10 a.m. PST, but if you happen to be up even earlier, NASA's coverage will begin at 3:15 a.m. And late sleepers, take comfort: The spacewalk is scheduled to last about 6 1/2 hours, and you can tune in any time. GRAPHIC: NASA's spacesuit Tuesday's spacewalk is the second to fix a problem with a pump in one of the space station's two external ammonia cooling loops.
SCIENCE
December 23, 2013 | By Deborah Netburn
Bright and early on Dec. 24, NASA astronauts Rick Mastracchio and Mike Hopkins will head out of the International Space Station to continue an essential repair to the station's cooling system that began Saturday. But first, they have to make a costume change. The Christmas Eve spacewalk is the second in a series of emergency operations to replace a pump in one of the station's two external ammonia cooling loops. The system is responsible for keeping instruments both inside and outside the station from overheating.
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