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
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
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
NEW YORK — Toys R Us reported stronger holiday sales despite intense competition from online retailers such as Amazon.com.
Date: 01/09/2016 | Business Wire
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
'Ring road' alleviates traffic around Alderwood mall
Date: 12/29/2015 | Local News
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
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
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
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
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 — 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
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
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
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
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
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
"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
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
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
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.
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,...
Unlike Santa Claus, Federal Express is conceding it won’t be able to make all its scheduled deliveries on Christmas Eve.
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...
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
Windstorm-toppled tree decked out in lights for the final time
Date: 12/22/2015 | Whats Up With That?
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
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
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?
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.
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...
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
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
Clutter-free gifts for the outdoor enthusiast in your life
Date: 12/20/2015 | Explore NW
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.
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
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
Warm Beach Christmas festival offers plethora of family activities
Date: 12/19/2015 | Local News
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
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
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
Convent’s candle shop will close for a year to allow nuns to rest
Date: 12/17/2015 | Local News
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
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
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 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
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
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
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
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
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
Kids learn Christmas is about more than gifts
Date: 12/12/2015 | Local News
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
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
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
Snohomish home dressed to the nines for Parlor Tour
Date: 12/10/2015 | Home and Garden
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...
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...
Lynnwood's Chris Hicks talks lutefisk, lefse and lingonberries
Date: 12/08/2015 | The Chat
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
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
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
Couple has run Silvana farm for decades, but this may be the end
Date: 12/06/2015 | Life
Christmas House opens doors to 'shoppers'
Date: 12/04/2015 | Julie Muhlstein
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 — 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
Providence foundation fundraiser benefits children’s programs
Date: 12/01/2015 | Local News
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
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 www.ci.stanwood.wa.us.Tree Lighting and Winter Celebration: 2 to 8 p.m. Nov. 28, downtown Monroe. The...
Date: 11/27/2015 | Entertainment
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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