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U.S. airlines on schedule more often in December

U.S. airlines are doing a slightly better job of keeping flights on schedule although more than one in five flights still arrives late.The U.S. Department of Transportation said Thursday that 77.8 percent of domestic flights in December arrived within 15 minutes of schedule...

Date: 02/19/2016 | Business Wire

American retail sales top estimates

Consumers indulged in more retail sales than expected in January, a positive sign for retailers after a disappointing holiday season.Last month's sales climbed 0.2 percent to $449.9 billion from December, the Commerce Department said Friday. Wall Street analysts had...

Date: 02/13/2016 | Business Wire

Starbucks U.S. sales jump 9 percent over holidays

SEATTLE — An alleged war on Christmas by Starbucks apparently didn't dampen the chain's holiday sales, but its outlook going forward fell short of Wall Street expectations.

Date: 01/21/2016 | Business Wire

Toys R Us holds its own against online holiday competition

NEW YORK — Toys R Us reported stronger holiday sales despite intense competition from online retailers such as

Date: 01/09/2016 | Business Wire

Woman survives 320-foot tumble off slick mountain road

NORTH OGDEN, Utah — Sarah Crenshaw was edging along a familiar mountain road when her SUV hit a patch of black ice and slid over a precipice.“I started praying, ‘Don’t let me die on Christmas,’” the Utah woman later told the Standard-Examiner.

Date: 12/30/2015 | Nation & World

Holiday headache eases

'Ring road' alleviates traffic around Alderwood mall

Date: 12/29/2015 | Local News

Holiday spending increases by 7.9% percent

NEW YORK — Americans spent more on items like furniture during the holidays this year, with online shopping in particular seeing a big spike, according to a report released Monday.Overall spending rose 7.9 percent from a year ago, according to the MasterCard...

Date: 12/29/2015 | Business Wire

27 Americans were shot and killed on Christmas day

In a grim reminder that violence in America never takes a holiday, 27 people were killed and 63 injured in shooting incidents on Christmas Day this year, according to the Gun Violence Archive. This tally does not include people who shot themselves in suicide.

Date: 12/28/2015 | Nation & World

Amazon shipping, Christmas Eve deliveries set record

TRENTON, N.J. — Online retailer Amazon has been a prime beneficiary of more consumers doing their holiday shopping online and procrastinating.

Date: 12/28/2015 | Business Wire

What did the historical Jesus look like?

Currently making the news is a report on a reconstruction of what is being called Jesus's face. The reconstruction, by British anatomical artist Richard Neave, is actually more than a decade old, but it recently has started doing the rounds again — fitting given the time of year.

Date: 12/26/2015 | Nation & World

What is Boxing Day and how did it get its name?

LONDON — In Britain and other countries like Australia and Canada, the day after Christmas is a secular national holiday known as Boxing Day. Here’s a brief look at some theories about how the holiday got its name and how people celebrate it:NO NEED FOR BOXING GLOVES

Date: 12/26/2015 | Business Wire

Mukilteo police help family visiting from Alabama after gifts stolen

MUKILTEO — Even for seasoned officers, petty crime can be hard to stomach during the holidays.An Alabama family on a road trip recently stopped over in Mukilteo for a few days. The family of four needed some car repairs before they could get on their way, police officer Colt Davis said.

Date: 12/26/2015 | Local News

Queen Elizabeth II's message: Light can triumph

SANDRINGHAM, England — Queen Elizabeth II used her Christmas message Friday to proclaim that light can triumph over darkness in these perilous times — and to comment on the joys of having a new great-granddaughter, Princess Charlotte.Elizabeth, who this year...

Date: 12/26/2015 | Nation & World

U.S. toddler takes solo midnight tour of Salzburg

VIENNA — Perhaps she was out looking for Santa.A 3-year-old American girl wandered away from her family’s hotel in Salzburg, Austria, around midnight Christmas Eve and investigated the city streets on her own, wearing only a nightshirt and socks.

Date: 12/25/2015 | Nation & World

‘Larryville’ at the Everett Mall is a Christmas gift to all

A train rounds the bend, approaching a sign that says “You are now in Bedford Falls.” Near the scene from the Christmas classic “It’s a Wonderful Life,” ice skaters glide on the Hidden Pond. At the edge of the fantasy town, a...

Date: 12/25/2015 | Julie Muhlstein

Family’s Lake Ki food drive tradition going on 11 years

LAKEWOOD — Neighbors yelled encouragement as the silver and white Thunder Jet nosed up to their docks and the crew inside snagged items, loaded them into the back of the boat and motored away.“Merry Christmas,” they called out. “Thank you for doing this.”

Date: 12/25/2015 | Local News

Setzer to wind up holiday tour with Seattle gig

The end of Christmas isn’t quite in sight today — not if you believe the concert calendar.No, the holiday won’t end until Sunday night at least.

Date: 12/25/2015 | Entertainment

A Dickens of a time with Trump

"Scrooge was better than his word. He did it all, and infinitely more; and to Tiny Tim, who did not die, he was a second father. He became as good a friend, as good a master, and as good a man, as the good old city knew. ..."— Charles Dickens,...

Date: 12/25/2015 | Editorials

Have sales of gift cards peaked?

As last-minute shoppers scramble to find Christmas presents, many will choose a reliable standby: the gift card.Nearly three out of four Americans are expected to buy the cards this holiday season, with overall gift-card sales totaling $26 billion, according to the National...

Date: 12/25/2015 | Business Wire

How Christmas brightens lives at any age

The tree is up in the lobby. This year, it's a sturdy little specimen, complete with glittering golden ornaments on its upper branches.As I wheel her past it — and she strains to see it clearly — I know she longs once again for the gift of speech. She yearns for...

Date: 12/25/2015 | Commentary

Alabama tornado adds to deadly Christmas storm woes

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — A Christmastime wave of severe weather continued Friday as a tornado touched down in Jefferson County, Alabama, including through the southwest portion of Birmingham, the state's largest city.

Date: 12/24/2015 | Nation & World

Northeast gets a wacky, balmy winter

PHILADELPHIA — Northerners accustomed to cozying up to a roaring Yuletide fire in a bulky sweater with a mug of hot chocolate may have to open the windows on Christmas.Record-shattering temperatures in the 60s and 70s settled over the Northeast on Christmas Eve,...

Date: 12/24/2015 | Nation & World

FedEx admits it’s running late on deliveries

Unlike Santa Claus, Federal Express is conceding it won’t be able to make all its scheduled deliveries on Christmas Eve.

Date: 12/24/2015 | Nation & World

Nordic countries battle to claim real Santa

HELSINKI — Most kids learn that Santa Claus comes from the North Pole, but children in Scandinavia are taught he lives a bit farther south. Where exactly is a matter of much debate, with businesses in Finland, Sweden and Norway competing to cash in on the cachet that comes with...

Date: 12/24/2015 | Nation & World

Airlines prepare for the holiday crush

DALLAS — Airlines are shifting the timing of thousands of flights, even adding dozens of redeyes, as they try to avoid delays while hauling millions of passengers from now through the Christmas weekend.Success or failure could all depend on the weather and Mother...

Date: 12/24/2015 | Business Wire

Uprooted from tradition

Windstorm-toppled tree decked out in lights for the final time

Date: 12/22/2015 | Whats Up With That?

Tips to make your Christmas travel un-Grinch like

Over the Salish Sea and through the tangled traffic, to grandmother’s house we — oh, forget it, let’s stay home this Christmas.Tap, tap, tap.Sorry, my 5-year-old informs me that presents are waiting at Grandma’s. Right, so here we go.

Date: 12/21/2015 | Street Smarts

12 Days of Cookies: Lime Cornmeal Cookies

1 cup flour 1 cup yellow cornmeal, preferably stone-ground 1 teaspoon baking powder 1/4 teaspoon fine sea salt 8 tablespoons (1 stick) unsalted butter, at room temperature 1/2 cup granulated sugar Finely grated zest of 1/2 large lime, plus 11/2 teaspoons juice 2 large eggs

Date: 12/21/2015 | The Dish

Reindeer pre-flight health check: Good

Sure, the Christmas delivery trek is hard on the plump man in the red suit.But aside from sliding down chimneys, he’s got a sweet gig compared to his reindeer. The dude gets to globetrot sitting down. How about Dasher, Prancer, Vixen and the gang? Are they are fit for the task?

Date: 12/20/2015 | Life

Regift those gift cards to yourself

Ah, gift cards.They make the perfect present.Unless you get one for a place that has nothing you want. It’s not like getting a zebra-striped bathrobe that you can take back to a store and exchange for something you’d actually wear.

Date: 12/20/2015 | Life

7 apps to help you get through — and enjoy — the holidays

Buying gifts, entertaining the kids, traveling, planning parties . . . it often feels like there is so much to do during the holiday season and yet so little time. Luckily, there are several apps that can help you get through these tasks and more with just a touch of a button. With apps to help you...

Date: 12/20/2015 | Life

Those Christmas-card-picture families are totally faking it

Have you heard the saying "Don't judge your inside by somebody else's outside?" It means that just because the person next to you seems like he is happy, that does not necessarily mean he is. Appearances can be deceiving. On the inside, he might feel as stressed out as you...

Date: 12/20/2015 | I Brake for Moms

12 Days of Cookies: Vanilla Basil Shorties

For the cookies Leaves from 1 bunch fresh basil, stacked, rolled and cut into thin ribbons 24 tablespoons (3 sticks) unsalted butter, at room temperature 11/2 cups confectioners’ sugar, plus more for dusting 31/4 cups flour 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Date: 12/20/2015 | The Dish

Explore more

Clutter-free gifts for the outdoor enthusiast in your life

Date: 12/20/2015 | Explore NW

NORAD and other sites keep Santa on track

Can't get your kids to sleep on Christmas Eve?Call an elf to assure them Santa is on his way.Hundreds of elves will be on hand to take calls at NORAD to give Santa's up-to-the-minute whereabouts on Christmas Eve. For real.

Date: 12/20/2015 | Life

Laid-off woman’s Facebook plea brings help for Christmas

BISMARCK, N.D. — When Elizabeth Garcia looked at the bare area under her Christmas tree and considered the bills that had been mounting since her last job layoff, she knew she had to do something to give her family a merry holiday. She turned to social media.

Date: 12/19/2015 | Nation & World

12 Days of Cookies: Sicilian Almond Cookies

13/4 cups flour 1 teaspoon plus 3 tablespoons ground cinnamon 11/2 cups plus 2/3 cup skin-on whole almonds, toasted (see Note) 11/2 cups superfine sugar 1 tablespoon finely grated orange zest (from 1 large orange) 2 large eggs 2 teaspoons baking powder Juice of 1/2 lemon

Date: 12/19/2015 | The Dish

The lights fantastic

Warm Beach Christmas festival offers plethora of family activities

Date: 12/19/2015 | Local News

12 Days of Cookies: Salted Butterscotch Cheesecake Bars

For the crust 8 tablespoons (1 stick) unsalted butter, at room temperature, plus more for greasing the pan 1 cup flour 1/2 cup (about 3 ounces) toasted, skinned and coarsely chopped hazelnuts (see Note) 1/4 teaspoon salt 1/2 cup packed light brown sugarFor the salted butterscotch

Date: 12/18/2015 | The Dish

Affordable art

Where to find great gifts at local galleries

Date: 12/18/2015 | Entertainment

Donor pays off $106K in shoppers’ layaways at 2 Ohio stores

CLEVELAND — A man has paid off more than $106,000 in shoppers’ layaways at two Wal-Mart stores in northeast Ohio. WEWS-TV in Cleveland reported that the man told Wal-Mart employees that he liked to do something special on his birthday every year. They said he insisted on remaining anonymous.

Date: 12/17/2015 | Nation & World

12 Days of Cookies: Pine Nut, Orange and Chocolate Drop Cookies

1 cup plus 1 scant cup (9 ounces total) confectioners’ sugar 1/4 cup (1 ounce) unsweetened cocoa powder Scant 1 cup (4 ounces) pine nuts Finely grated zest of 1 large orange, preferably organic or unwaxed 2 large egg whites (scant 1/3 cup total)

Date: 12/17/2015 | The Dish

Lights out

Convent’s candle shop will close for a year to allow nuns to rest

Date: 12/17/2015 | Local News

Yahoo CEO under fire for lavish holiday party

Yahoo’s back in the headlines again, with harsh criticism from yet another activist investor who doesn’t like how the company’s being run.

Date: 12/17/2015 | Business Wire

12 Days of Cookies: Key Lime Bars

For the crust 21/3 cups crushed gingersnaps (from about 28 cookies, or 101/4 ounces total) 1 cup slivered (skinless) almonds 1/3 cup granulated sugar 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt 8 tablespoons (1 stick) unsalted butter, melted 1 cup sweetened shredded coconutFor the topping

Date: 12/16/2015 | The Dish

Solstice dreams of getting back to where we were

Sunset today will be at 4:16 p.m. Sunset tomorrow is at 4:17 p.m. Each afternoon after the solstice, Dec. 22, the sun sets a little later, and gradually light returns to our state.Ancient Rome celebrated the winter solstice with the pagan festival called Saturnalia, meaning...

Date: 12/16/2015 | Opinion Columnists

For your favorite foodie

7 cookbooks, something for any cook

Date: 12/16/2015 | Life

12 Days of Cookies: Italian Hazelnut Kisses (Baci di Dama)

For the cookies 12 tablespoons (11/2 sticks) unsalted butter, at room temperature 1 cup minus 2 tablespoons (31/4 ounces) finely ground almonds (skinless; may substitute almond meal) 1 cup minus 2 tablespoons (3 ounces) ground skinned hazelnuts (see Notes) 3/4 cup sugar

Date: 12/15/2015 | The Dish

12 Days of Cookies: Calissons d’Aix

31/3 cups slivered or sliced skinless almonds 1 cup granulated sugar 1/3 cup plus 2 tablespoons apricot jam 2/3 cup chopped candied orange peel 1/2 cup plus 1/3 cup confectioners’ sugar 1 large egg white

Date: 12/14/2015 | The Dish

A perfect punch for your holiday party

Nothing encapsulates the holiday season better than a big colorful bowl of alcohol. Just add a ladle and you have punch — it sounds more legit that way.

Date: 12/13/2015 | Hops & Sips

After the loss of loved ones, the holidays can be sweet and salty

The other day I was walking in the early morning, watching the Eastern sky grow luminescent. The rising sun is the harbinger of something fresh and new. For me, the perfect day is watching the sunrise and the sunset. It brings me closer to nature, the world around me and reminds me to...

Date: 12/13/2015 | Life

12 Days of Cookies: Boozy Chocolate Bites

8 tablespoons (1 stick) unsalted butter 4 ounces bittersweet chocolate, chopped 2 large eggs 1/3 cup packed dark brown sugar 1/4 teaspoon almond extract 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt 1/3 cup (scant 11/2 ounces) flour 1/4 cup bourbon 1 to 2 ounces rainbow sprinkles, for garnish

Date: 12/13/2015 | The Dish

12 Days of Cookies: Vegan Gingerbread Snowflakes

For the cookies 2 cups unbleached flour, plus more for the work surface 11/2 teaspoons ground ginger 1/2 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg 1/2 teaspoon ground cloves 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon 1/2 teaspoon baking soda 1/2 teaspoon baking powder 1/2 teaspoon salt

Date: 12/12/2015 | The Dish

Words of wisdom from St. Nick

Kids learn Christmas is about more than gifts

Date: 12/12/2015 | Local News

The gift of travel

5 trips that will create a lifetime of memories

Date: 12/12/2015 | Life

12 Days of Cookies: Hippie Crispy Treats

For the bars 1/2 cup maple syrup 1/2 cup brown rice syrup (see headnote) 1/2 cup almond butter 31/2 ounces bittersweet chocolate (70 percent cacao), chopped 2 tablespoons coconut oil 1/4 teaspoon fine sea salt 4 cups crisped-rice cerealFor the topping

Date: 12/11/2015 | The Dish

Canada welcomes refugees from Syria

On Thursday, the Toronto Star, a major Canadian daily, published a front page welcoming Syrian refugees to Canada. Beneath a picture of a bucolic scene ran an editorial that welcomed Syrian refugees. The first batch of arrivals were slated to land in Toronto this week; the Canadian...

Date: 12/11/2015 | Nation & World

12 Days of Cookies: Crunchy Almond Cookies (Croquants de Cordes-sur-Ciel)

11/2 cups whole, skin-on almonds 2 cups sugar 11/2 cups flour, plus more for the work surface 2 large egg whites (1/3 cup)

Date: 12/10/2015 | The Dish

Divine decorations

Snohomish home dressed to the nines for Parlor Tour

Date: 12/10/2015 | Home and Garden

Peppermint meringue kisses are lighter than heavy holiday treats

Quick and easy peppermint meringue kisses are a welcome addition to any festive cookie plate.At just 40 calories and 1 Weight Watchers Point Plus per cookie, you can nibble a few for the price of one gingerbread cookie.Thanks to their crisp shell and marshmallowy...

Date: 12/09/2015 | Life

Cookies for everyone

How to host a great exchange, plus 10 recipe ideas

Date: 12/09/2015 | Life

‘Crack cubes’: A holiday cookie unlike any other

The important question of the day, whether it's Thanksgiving, Christmas, Hanukkah, New Year's Eve or someone's birthday, is: Will I have enough room in the oven?Even when someone else is on turkey patrol, it's always a juggling act and I always wonder why an entire meal...

Date: 12/09/2015 | Life

Lutefisk lunacy

Lynnwood's Chris Hicks talks lutefisk, lefse and lingonberries

Date: 12/08/2015 | The Chat


The pie-in-a-cake dessert has gone viral

Date: 12/08/2015 | Whats Up With That?

Elves on shelves

A holiday tradition of constant Santa surveillance

Date: 12/06/2015 | Local News

The only magic this Elf has is getting suckers to buy him

I was cornered by a group of 10 6-year-olds in identical blue Girl Scout uniforms."Why does your elf have no magic?" they all asked in unison, staring me down.My own daughter stood off to the side, glaring at me with accusation. It was the last Daisy...

Date: 12/06/2015 | I Brake for Moms

Make a big impression with these books

NEW YORK — Coffee table books are always great gifts for just the right enthusiast, and they’re plentiful at holiday time as quick grabs or advance buys.A few suggestions, based on interest area:Fashion & Celebrity

Date: 12/06/2015 | Entertainment

Five ways to become a wrap star this holiday season

Sure, they’re gonna rip it open and destroy your handiwork in a matter a seconds, but that doesn’t mean the gifts you deliver to loved ones this holiday season don’t deserve your attention.

Date: 12/06/2015 | Life

A life of trees

Couple has run Silvana farm for decades, but this may be the end

Date: 12/06/2015 | Life

Seattle wonderland

Where to enjoy the holidays all over the city

Date: 12/05/2015 | Life

Holiday's up and running

Christmas House opens doors to 'shoppers'

Date: 12/04/2015 | Julie Muhlstein

Tradition's cool at school

Granite Falls High rocks in holiday giving

Date: 12/04/2015 | Local News

Here are some gift ideas for the gardener in your life

There is no shortage of trowels, hoses and birdhouses out there just waiting to be wrapped up for your favorite gardener. Following is a varied selection of gift ideas, from simple to a splurge and practical to indulgent.Zen garden. Luludi Living Art has...

Date: 12/03/2015 | Home and Garden

Everett gets festive with Wintertide

EVERETT — Wintertide, the city’s free and family-friendly holiday celebration, will get the season off to a jolly start Thursday at the Wetmore Theatre Plaza.

Date: 12/02/2015 | Local News

Festival of Trees

Providence foundation fundraiser benefits children’s programs

Date: 12/01/2015 | Local News

Holiday gift ideas

What to buy the food lover in your life this Christmas

Date: 11/29/2015 | Life

White House Christmas tree arrives from Pennsylvania

WASHINGTON — First lady Michelle Obama has kicked off the holiday season at the White House by welcoming this year’s Christmas tree.It’s a Fraser fir grown in Pennsylvania that stands more than 18 feet tall.

Date: 11/28/2015 | Nation & World

It's holiday shopping time

Retailers are pushing sales earlier

Date: 11/27/2015 | Business


HOLIDAY EVENTSTree Lighting Ceremony: 4:30 p.m. Nov. 27. On the Green at Viking Village, 88th Street between Highway 532 and 271st Street NW, Stanwood. More at Lighting and Winter Celebration: 2 to 8 p.m. Nov. 28, downtown Monroe. The...

Date: 11/27/2015 | Entertainment

This holiday season, keep your drinks just right

Whether you’re camping, tailgating or just sitting in front of an outdoor fire, having a temperature-controlled cup is a good thing. The Yeti Rambler Lowball, which is made from stainless steel and holds 10 ounces, keeps coffee piping hot and cocktails nice and cool with specially designed...

Date: 11/25/2015 | Hops & Sips

Reasons to shop on Saturday

Despite announcements by several retailers that are bucking the trend of stores opening on Thanksgiving for the start of the holiday shopping season, including REI, Nordstrom and Costco, it can seem like a losing battle when Macy's, Sears, Target, Walmart and other major retailers no...

Date: 11/25/2015 | Editorials

Teaching children a joy that lasts longer than a calorie buzz

I want to teach my kids that the holidays are about more than an excuse to pig out. When I think back to past things I have said, I shudder.“Pumpkin pie counts as a vegetable.”“If we were Shakers, we would eat apple pie for breakfast. This is a history lesson.”

Date: 11/22/2015 | I Brake for Moms

How much food do you need to serve? We’ll tell you

Perhaps you’ve browsed the recipes and know just what to make for The Big Day, or maybe you’re waiting until the last minute and improvising. Whatever your method, you need to know how much food to make.

Date: 11/22/2015 | Life

It’s no classic, but “The Night Before” has some good laughs poking fun at stodgy Christmas practices of the past

Lazy, sentimental, and fundamentally good-natured, this Christmas bro-com fits like a holiday-patterned Cosby sweater bought from the January discount bins. It’s not a good movie, but what do we really expect from a Seth Rogen vehicle at this time of year?

Date: 11/20/2015 | Entertainment

What’s the best day to shop for gifts online?

The holiday shopping season is about to begin in full force. But you may not want to wait until Black Friday to start hunting for deals — especially if you’re shopping online.

Date: 11/20/2015 | Business Wire

Check out special exhibits at the Schack, Cascadia Art Museum

Through Jan. 10, Cascadia Art Museum presents nearly 200 handmade Christmas cards from Northwest artists and designers of the early 20th century through the 1990s.

Date: 11/20/2015 | Entertainment

Use your garden to bring holiday cheer inside

My job gets really tough this time of year. Trying to motivate folks to get out into the garden and clean up the beds, replant the containers, plunk some bulbs into the ground along with spreading mulch everywhere to control weeds and insulate the soil is no easy task.

Date: 11/19/2015 | Home and Garden

Dinosaur claws join annual list of dangerous toys

BOSTON — Dinosaur claws inspired by the movie “Jurassic World” and a quick-folding trampoline are among the items on a consumer watchdog group’s annual list of hazardous toys released Wednesday.

Date: 11/18/2015 | Business Wire

Need fine china pieces? Replacements, Ltd., here to the rescue

Have you recently inherited an old set of family china or silver with some pieces missing?Perhaps you just bought some dishes at a garage sale and a few of the plates are chipped or have lost their shine.

Date: 11/18/2015 | Life

A multitude of memories, past and future, on just two wheels

There was no crying Tuesday when I donated a purple Schwinn Predator to the Sharing Wheels Community Bike Shop. There were lots of memories of that little bike, but no tears.Its owner, my daughter Jane, is 32 now. She has two little boys. Her firstborn, not quite 4, is already...

Date: 11/17/2015 | Julie Muhlstein

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