California and Upper Midwest to see snow and rain, while much of the country enjoys a toasty Christmas – CNN

White Christmas! A cold storm system will bring snow to lower elevations, peaking Xmas night into Thurs morning! Travel over many passes will be affected by snow, and snow is expected in the Antelope Valley. Stay tuned for updates as there is still uncertaint… [+99 Niche Market Kit]

What’s Open? Several Chain Stores Will Be Open Christmas Day – CBS Philly

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — Christmas has arrived and some procrastinators might still have some shopping to do. Despite most stores being closed for the holiday, several chains in the Delaware Valley will be open. Pharmacies CVS and Walgreens are both open on Chri… [+310 Niche Market Kit]

Santa Hats and Tear Gas: Hong Kong Protests Flare Again – The New York Times

On Tuesday, thousands of protesters flooded the Tsim Sha Tsui shopping district and clashed with the police, who fired pepper spray and tear gas. The police said some protesters had built barricades, vandalized stores and set fire to the entrance of a subway… [+590 How To Fix Tight Hip Flexors]

China to Cut Tariffs on Range of Goods Amid Push for Trade Deal – The Wall Street Journal

BEIJINGChina will cut import tariffs for frozen pork, pharmaceuticals and some high-tech components starting from Jan. 1, a move that comes as Beijing and Washington are trying to complete a phase-one trade deal. The plan, approved by Chinas cabinet, will low… [+4519 Millennium Falcon Star Wars]

American Service Member Is Killed in Afghanistan – The New York Times

And this month, the Taliban launched a daring dawn attack on Bagram Air Base, the largest American base in Afghanistan. No Americans were killed, but the gunmen held out in a hospital just yards away from the bases confines before airstrikes ended the nearly … [+1440 Millennium Falcon Star Wars]

‘Cats’ is getting new special effects while it’s still in theaters – Engadget

Reportedly, the updated movie is available for theaters to download today (December 22nd) from a satellite server, while those theaters that can’t download it will get a hard drive by December 24th. Universal declined to comment. The tweaks aren’t likely to … [+909 Meditation Sounds ]

A girl said she found a plea for help in her Christmas card. The seller is investigating. – The Washington Post

Supermarket chain Tesco said it has also stopped selling the cards after the Sunday Times described an all-caps note, attributed to Chinese prisoners, that urges its reader to contact a human rights group. The report follows years of other notes allegedly pen… [+4248 Nature Sounds While You Sleep]