Holidays

Medical workers prepare to manually prone a COVID-19 patient in an intensive care unit at Providence Holy Cross Medical Center in the Mission Hills section of Los Angeles, Tuesday, Dec. 22, 2020. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)
December 24, 2020 - 12:17 pm
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Hard-hit California eclipsed 2 million coronavirus cases on Christmas Eve as the U.S. headed into a holiday season of travel and family gatherings that threaten to fuel the deadly outbreak across the nation. Despite warnings from public health experts to stay home, over 1.19...
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A man conducts a COVID-19 test on a driver at the Port of Dover in Kent, England, Thursday Dec. 24, 2020 where thousands wait to resume their journey across The Channel after the borders with France reopened. Trucks inched slowly past checkpoints in Dover and headed across the Channel to Calais on Thursday after France partially reopened its borders following a scare over a rapidly spreading new virus variant.(Aaron Chown/PA via AP)
December 24, 2020 - 9:34 am
DOVER, England (AP) — Truckers and travelers stuck in a days-long gridlock at the English port of Dover started heading to France on Thursday after the country partially reopened its borders with Britain following international concern over a rapidly spreading new coronavirus variant. However,...
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FILE - In this Jan. 22, 2020, file photo, a stunned iguana lies in the grass at Cherry Creek Park in Oakland Park, Fla., With unexpectedly cold weather in the forecast and pandemic-related curfews in some places, Florida is about to have a Christmas unlike any other in recent memory, and it might involve falling iguanas. (Joe Cavaretta/South Florida Sun-Sentinel via AP)
December 24, 2020 - 9:27 am
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — With unexpectedly cold weather in the forecast and pandemic-related curfews in some places, Florida is about to have a Christmas unlike any other in recent memory, and it may involve falling iguanas. The National Weather Service earlier this week warned that South Florida could...
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Italian Carabinieri officers check vehicles in front of St. Peter's Basilica at the Vatican, Thursday, Dec. 24, 2020. Italians are easing into a holiday season full of restrictions, and already are barred from traveling to other regions except for valid reasons like work or health. Starting Christmas eve, travel beyond city or town borders also will be blocked, with some allowance for very limited personal visits in the same region. (Cecilia Fabiano/LaPresse via AP)
December 24, 2020 - 9:19 am
ROME (AP) — Police in Italy enforced new COVID-19 travel restrictions aimed at limiting Christmas get-togethers involving far-flung family members as public health officials appealed Thursday for a “drastic reduction" in social contacts to prevent new infections over the holidays. A modified...
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FILE - In this Monday, March 16, 2020 file photo, a glass of Moroccan tea is left by a window of a closed down coffee shop, after the Moroccan government announced further restrictions to avoid the spread of coronavirus, including closure of cafes and mosques, in the capital Rabat, Morocco. Morocco has imposed a curfew, closed restaurants in major cities and banned public and private gatherings for three weeks — including the usually festive New Year's Eve — to curb the spread of the virus.The curfew between 9 p.m and 6 a.m went into effect Wednesday, Dec. 23, 2020 and is set to last until Jan. 13. (AP Photo/Mosa'ab Elshamy, File)
December 24, 2020 - 2:58 am
RABAT, Morocco (AP) — Morocco has imposed a curfew, closed restaurants in major cities and banned public and private gatherings for three weeks — including the usually festive New Year's Eve — to curb the spread of the virus. The curfew between 9 p.m and 6 a.m went into effect Wednesday night and...
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French President Emmanuel Macron is seen on a screen from his presidential residence in Versailles as he attends by video conference the weekly cabinet meeting at the Elysee Palace in Paris, Monday, Dec. 21, 2020. French President Emmanuel Macron held a cabinet meeting Monday via video, in which he indicated the French could enforce "systematic tests" as a condition for French nationals returning from Britain to France for the holidays. (Julien de Rosa/Pool Photo via AP)
December 24, 2020 - 2:38 am
PARIS (AP) — French President Emmanuel Macron no longer has virus symptoms and was leaving isolation Thursday after a week with COVID-19, but is urging the French public to limit their contacts and remain vigilant to keep infections under control during the Christmas holidays. Macron’s office said...
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Carolina Previtali, 93, center, is flanked by director Maria Giulia Madaschi, left, and carer Melania Cavalieri as she talks on a video call with Eleonora Nola, a donor unrelated to her, who bought and sent her a Christmas present through an organization dubbed "Santa's Grandchildren", at the Martino Zanchi nursing home in Alzano Lombardo, one of the area that most suffered the first wave of COVID-19, in northern Italy, Saturday, Dec. 19, 2020. (AP Photo/Luca Bruno)
December 23, 2020 - 11:50 pm
ALZANO LOMBARDO, Italy (AP) — Emotions are running high this holiday season at the Martino Zanchi Foundation nursing home in northern Italy near Bergamo after months of near-total isolation for its residents. Long-time resident Celestina Comotti was disbelieving as a staff member read aloud a...
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In this Dec. 16, 2020, photo released by Harvey Smith, he poses for a photo as he makes his round on the U.S.-owned Horizon Spirit getting overhauled at the dock in Nantong, eastern China's Jiangsu Province. The crew of the Horizon Spirit plan to spend Christmas looking after their 800-foot (240-meter) long container ship in a southern Chinese shipyard while they are barred, like thousands of sailors worldwide, from going ashore due to coronavirus restrictions. (Harvey Smith via AP)
December 23, 2020 - 9:40 pm
BEIJING (AP) — The crew of the U.S.-owned Horizon Spirit expect to spend Christmas looking after their 800-foot (240-meter) long container ship in a southern Chinese shipyard, barred, like thousands of sailors worldwide, from going ashore due to coronavirus restrictions. Most of the 22-member crew...
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A boy chases a bird on an empty Olvera Street in downtown Los Angeles, Tuesday, Dec. 15, 2020. The tree-covered brick alley typically teeming with tourists is empty. Many of the shops that sell everything from traditional Mexican folk dresses to paintings of artist Frida Kahlo to sombreros are padlocked and the ones open have few, if any, customers. The strains of mariachi trios have fallen silent and the fragrance of taquitos frying has become less pungent. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)
December 23, 2020 - 9:01 pm
LOS ANGELES (AP) — For nine nights culminating on Christmas Eve, the oldest street in Los Angeles typically comes alive with a festive re-enactment of the nativity story, as children playing Mary and Joseph go door to door seeking shelter where she can give birth to Jesus. If the procession were...
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Travelers wear face masks while passing through the south security checkpoint in the main terminal of Denver International Airport Tuesday, Dec. 22, 2020, in Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)
December 23, 2020 - 11:50 am
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Some are elderly and figure they don’t have many Christmases left. Others are trying to keep long-distance romance alive. Some just yearn for the human connection that’s been absent for the past nine months. Millions of Americans are traveling ahead of Christmas and New Year’s,...
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