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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.
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.
December 20, 1996
Immanuel Presbyterian Church presents its 26th anniversary season of Music at Immanuel concerts that includes the traditional performance of part one of Handel's "Messiah" on Christmas Eve at 10:30 p.m. The church is located at 3300 Wilshire Blvd. Information: (213) 389-3191, Ext. 103.
January 7, 2012 | Chris Erskine
Probably the defining moment over our holidays was when the little guy accidentally ker-plunked his Silly Putty in his sister's bowl of chili, causing a minor international incident. You might've heard her shrieks at your house, no matter where you live. This shrieking was followed by his mother's stern admonition that the little guy wash the Silly Putty thoroughly, lest the dog think it an hors d'oeuvre and we wind up spending Christmas night and $1,200 at the emergency pet clinic, waiting for it to clear his colon.
December 24, 1997
Today is Christmas Eve. These schedules will be in effect: * County, state and federal offices will be open, but some may close early. Most city offices will be closed all day, and others will close early. Call for details. * County, state and federal courthouses will be open regular hours. * Libraries: County libraries will close at 5 p.m., and some city libraries will also close early. Call for details. * Most banks and savings and loans will close early.
December 22, 2012 | By Diane Hoover
It was our first Christmas together, and I was determined that it would be special. We had booked a hotel room for the holidays on the sand at Pismo Beach. Jim, my new love, had Mark Harmon hair and a Richard Gere smile. He watched BBC News, read (actual) books and regularly finished the Sunday Los Angeles Times crossword puzzle - in pen. He was also a no-nonsense merchant marine, so I was resolved that there would be nothing too frilly about this celebration. I spent the weeks before the holidays scouring thrift shops for inexpensive lights, garland and ornaments - with no emotional baggage - all of which could be discarded when Christmas was done.
December 25, 2001 | David Wharton
The holidays took a back-seat to football as USC and Utah spent their Christmas Eve on final preparations for today's Las Vegas Bowl. "We're not in the bah-humbug thing," USC Coach Pete Carroll said. "But Christmas is going to be a little different this year." Both teams had walk-throughs at Sam Boyd Stadium in the afternoon and meetings planned for the evening, so even if players had family in Las Vegas, they had scant free time.
December 24, 2012 | By Jim Puzzanghera
WASHINGTON -- 'Twas the day before Christmas and all across the federal government, workers were enjoying an extra day off after President Obama issued an executive order closing offices Monday and excusing all but postal service employees from duty. The estimated cost for shutting down the government for a day is $100 million. Obama signed the order on Friday closing all federal executive departments and agencies on Christmas Eve and making the day a holiday for their workers.
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.
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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