Ho, ho, ho! SantaCon is coming to town

Revelers dressed in Santa outfits take part in the annual SantaCon event in the Brooklyn borough of New YorkFrom Boston to Austin and Chicago to Los Angeles, revelers across the United States will be donning red and white suits this weekend to mark the worldwide SantaCon holiday pub crawl. The annual, often inebriated gatherings of people dressed as Santa Claus as they go barhopping will be held in 380 cities in the United States and 51 countries, according to SantaCon.info. The website, which bills itself as the established authority on the event, lists details of festivities around the globe, discounts on Santa Claus costumes and advice on how to avoid ticket scams for the events which are mostly free.

'I had to do it,' accused gunman says of South Carolina church attack

Police lead suspected shooter Dylann Roof into the courthouse in ShelbyRoof told investigators after his arrest for the June 17, 2015, massacre at Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston that he estimated he had killed five people as retribution for perceived racial grievances. "I had to do it because somebody had to do it," Roof said in the taped confession.

First gorilla born in captivity, age 59, returns to Ohio zoo after surgery

The first gorilla born in captivity has returned to her enclosure at the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium in Ohio after recovering from successful surgery last week to remove a malignant tumor, the zoo said. Colo, a western lowland gorilla born on Dec. 22, 1956, is the matriarch of the Columbus Zoo's popular gorilla family, according to the zoo's website. Western lowland gorillas, native to the rain forests of Central Africa, are an endangered species, according to nationalgeographic.com.

Police: Suspect shot dead during Chester home invasion

Police: Suspect shot dead during Chester home invasionPolice say a home invasion suspect was shot and killed by the homeowner in Chester, Delaware County.

Trump expected to tap Exxon's Tillerson for State Dept. post

Trump expected to tap Exxon's Tillerson for State Dept. postPresident-elect Donald Trump moved closer to nominating Exxon Mobil CEO Rex Tillerson as his secretary of State Saturday, meeting privately with the business leader for the second time in a week.

Activist objects to bath mats with image of Hindu deity

BOSTON (AP) ? A Hindu activist is calling on Boston-based online retailer Wayfair to stop selling bath mats carrying the image of the Hindu deity Ganesha.

Freezing rain downs trees, powerlines in Portland

In this photo taken on Thursday, Dec. 8, 2016, the Washington Capitol is seen at sunset as snow falls in Olympia, Wash. Snow fell across the Pacific Northwest as the first winter storm of the season hit the region. (AP Photo/Rachel La Corte)PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) ? Freezing rain downed trees and power lines and stranded some light-rail passengers in Portland for about three hours Saturday as the first winter storm of the season continued.

Brother says former US Sen. Kay Hagan is in intensive care

FILE - IN this Nov. 4, 2014 file photo, Sen. Kay Hagan, D-N.C., gives her concession speech during an election night rally in Greensboro, N.C. Hagan, has been hospitalized after falling seriously ill, according to Joe Ruthven, her brother. Hagan was rushed to a Washington, D.C., hospital Thursday, Dec. 8, 2016 and was being treated in an intensive care unit. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome)LAKELAND, Fla. (AP) ? Former U.S. Sen. Kay Hagan, a Democrat who represented North Carolina, has been hospitalized after falling seriously ill, her family said.

VIDEO: 3 women beat man in road rage incident

VIDEO: 3 women beat man in road rage incidentA violent case of road rage in California, where three women are seen beating a man, was all caught on camera.

No charges against Philadelphia assistant attorney in anti-Trump vandalism

No charges against Philadelphia assistant attorney in anti-Trump vandalismA city attorney identified in surveillance footage that captured an anti-Donald Trump vandalism incident will not be charged and will keep his job, officials in Philadelphia said.

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