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WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Donald Trump is kicking off Christmas by attending midnight services at an Episcopal church in Palm Beach, Florida. The president-elect and his wife, Melanie, arrived Saturday night at the Church of Bethesda-by-the-Sea. The soon-to-be first couple married at the church in 2005. Trump tweeted wishes for a "Happy Hanukkah" earlier Saturday.
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — In less than 30 days, Donald Trump will be inaugurated the 45th president of the United States. As part of his effort to eliminate any conflicts of interest before he takes office, the president-elect says he will dissolve the Donald J. Trump Foundation and pursue philanthropic efforts in other ways. Trump says he's directed his counsel to take the necessary steps to implement the dissolution.
HONOLULU (AP) — First lady Michelle Obama is telling kids across the country how much progress Santa is making in his gift-giving journey. Obama is volunteering to take calls through the NORAD Tracks Santa program. It's the last time she'll carry out her annual tradition. The first lady spent roughly a half-hour on Saturday talking with kids. In a transcript of the calls, she told callers that Santa was flying over Malta, Sardinia and Hungary.
CHICAGO (AP) — It'll be a white Christmas for the northern Plains and some Western states. Southern California even got a dose of snow, with about 2 inches falling in a mountainous region about 75 miles north of Los Angeles. In the coming days, snow is also forecast for much of Idaho, Montana, Utah and northeast Colorado. A large swath of the Dakotas is under a blizzard warning. And to the east, parts of central Minnesota are under an ice storm warning.
NEW YORK (AP) — The holiday shopping season is losing some of its power in the year's sales. November and December now account for less than 21 percent of annual retail sales at physical stores, down from a peak of over 25 percent, and experts believe it'll keep dropping. Michael Niemira, principal at The Retail Economist, says those extra percentage points would have translated into an extra $70 billion more in buying for last year,
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