12/23/2013 12:24amSara Pasquinelli doesn't shop at the grocery store much anymore. The busy mother of two young boys buys nearly all her food from a new online service that delivers to her front door _ but it doesn't bring just any food.
12/23/2013 12:26amJust days before Christmas, Ben Elliott-Scott was busy touching up the paint on a foam snowman and blasting trees with manmade flurries to turn them a wintery white. Santa was due to arrive soon, along with dozens of party guests at the exclusive villa nestled alongside a Dubai golf course.
12/23/2013 6:54amThe battle for AP entertainer of the year came down to the Girl on Fire and the Queen of Twerk.
12/23/2013 7:39amIt's the same thing every year. We overindulge during the holidays, then make solemn (and quickly abandoned) promises to eat healthier and shed pounds in the new year.
12/23/2013 7:41am"Faith. Family. Ducks." It's the unofficial motto for the family featured in the TV reality show Duck Dynasty and that homespun philosophy permeates nearly everything in this small north Louisiana town.
12/23/2013 8:35amHe usually has black hair and a black beard, sometimes just a mustache. Like Santa, he wears a hat _ though often it's a sombrero. He dons a serape or a poncho and, in one case, a red and black zoot suit. And he makes his grand entrance on lowriders or Harleys or led by a pack of burros instead of eight reindeer.
12/23/2013 9:05amAn Israeli promoter for the Pixies says the American alternative rock band will perform in Israel next summer _ four years after the band canceled a concert following a deadly Israeli raid on a pro-Palestinian Turkish aid flotilla to Gaza.
12/23/2013 9:24amWashi tape _ adhesive but easily removed and available in hundreds of colors and patterns _ is putting a new spin on holiday decorating.
12/23/2013 9:26amYou might deck your halls with boughs of homegrown holly, but unless you planned ahead, those boughs could lack red berries. And that leads us to some frank talk about sex.
12/23/2013 10:56amUniversal Pictures has delayed the release of "Fast & Furious 7" for almost a year following the death of star Paul Walker.
12/23/2013 12:01pm`Tis the season _ for heart attacks? Not to dampen any spirits, but studies show heart troubles spike this time of year.
12/23/2013 12:04pmCall her this year's pop-culture prom queen.
12/23/2013 12:04pmHorse riders and trainers are demonstrating against a plan to nearly triple the tax on riding schools in France.
12/23/2013 1:02pmTowering grain silos overlook the main highway in Salt Lake City at the Mormon church's Welfare Square. At grocery stores, there's a whole section with large plastic tubs with labels that read, "Deluxe survivor 700." Radio ads hawk long-term supplies of food with 25-year shelf lives.
12/23/2013 1:14pmTomi Tuel remembers a particularly vexing Christmas after her divorce. Her two kids received an Xbox as a gift and hauled it from home to home when it came time to visit their dad.
12/23/2013 1:33pmBen Stiller's commonality with the hero of his new film hasn't gone unnoticed.
12/23/2013 1:52pmA court in the United Arab Emirates sentenced eight people, including an American, to up to a year in prison Monday after being convicted in connection to a satirical video about youth culture in Dubai.
12/23/2013 2:01pmA new study gives reassurance that women who eat nuts or peanut butter during pregnancy are not raising the risk that their children will have nut allergies. Kids whose moms ate nuts most often were actually less likely to have problems consuming them, researchers found.
12/23/2013 3:43pmColombians mourned on Monday over the death of musician Diomedes Diaz, the best-known performer of the country's accordion-heavy vallenato music.
12/23/2013 4:54pmAlaska Airlines cancelled 24 flights on Sunday and Monday after flu-stricken pilots and flight attendants called in sick.