Christians worldwide are about to celebrate the birth of Jesus in Bethlehem more than 2,000 years ago. In the hills outside Bethlehem, some ways of life haven't changed much, as a shepherd tends to his flock in a scene reminiscent of biblical times. Not far away in the heart of modern Bethlehem's densely-packed town center, the Church of the Nativity marks what the faithful celebrate as Jesus' birthplace. Inside the church, filing down into the grotto where it's said that manger once was, CBS News correspondent Seth Doane met a group of Americans. Karen McCarty, who made her pilgrimage from Fort Worth, Texas, got teary singing a Christmas carol. "I'm a follower of Jesus – and it's very special to be where he was born," McCarty said. It was an added bonus, she said, to visit during the holiday season. Bethlehem today is Palestinian. Over the years, it's been ruled by Ottomans, British, Jordanians and Israelis – and that culture mix pours onto the street. There's chicken … [Read more...] about Modern-day Bethlehem: A holy and hot spot for clashes
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BRITAIN will be lashed by more heavy showers today - pouring misery on those trying to make a last-minute Christmas getaway. Isolated showers will hit the north in the morning - with thick clouds bringing heavy rain and gales across much of the country for the rest of the day. And with the deluge of recent rainfall over the last week, motorists are being warned to keep an eye out for standing water. Friday night saw 50mph gales and torrential rainy weather. Intense downpours caused chaos during the rush hour - as wet and windy weather pushed in from the south west. And while Saturday started brighter for many, overnight rain soaked parts of the country once again last night. Today's rainfall - heaviest in western parts of England and Wales this morning - will pass by the evening. Clouds will first break up over the south west, according to the Met Office. Forecasters said: "Rain, heavy at times, will spread eastwards during the morning, along with extensive low cloud, mist … [Read more...] about UK weather forecast – Britain to be lashed with MORE heavy rain today as Christmas washout continues
MLB free agency can feel like a crawl sometimes.If you remember, last season it took until March for Jake Arrieta to pick a team — as he signed with the Phillies after spring training had begun.For Bryce Harper and Manny Machado, things may or may not be drawn out that long. We know Machado is scheduled to visit the Phillies Thursday, right after visiting the Yankees Wednesday. It will be interesting to see if he'll make his decision following these visit (which also include a pop into the White Sox in South Chicago).Any news breaking today will be of the surprise variety, though we may know more about the Phillies further offseason plans after a 2 p.m. press conference today at Citizens Bank Park where the team is set to introduce Andrew McCutchen to the local media.As always, check back or keep open the below open thread/live stream for all your Phillies and MB hot stove news:Follow Evan on Twitter:@evan_macyLike us on Facebook: PhillyVoice Sports … [Read more...] about Live MLB free agency news, updates, rumors: Phillies continue pursuit of Manny Machado, Bryce Harper
Michael Brice-Saddler, The Washington Post Published 4:26 pm PST, Monday, December 17, 2018 A Texas mother whose two young children died in a hot car while she partied inside a shed was sentenced to 40 years in prison Wednesday. Police say that June 7, 2017, Amanda Hawkins, then 19, drove her 1- and 2-year-old daughters to the hospital. The girls were in dire condition and their mother claimed they'd collapsed after smelling flowers at a nearby lake, Kerr County Sheriff Rusty Hierholzer told The Washington Post last year. But police quickly determined that flowers weren't the culprit. Instead, the girls' mother intentionally left them in her car overnight while she partied with friends, according to Hill Country Breaking News. The children - Brynn Hawkins, 1, and Addyson Overgard-Eddy, 2 - were trapped in the car for 15 to 18 hours as temperatures in Hill Country reached close to 90 degrees. That evening, someone heard the girls crying in the car and asked Hawkins to … [Read more...] about A woman partied as her kids sat in a hot car. She’ll serve 40 years in prison for their deaths.
Francisco Garcia, 48, of Redwood City, right, smiles as he talks to The Mercury News with his friend, Tony Velado, on Oct. 17, 2018, in Redwood City. They both came to take a shower provided by Project WeHOPE's Dignity on Wheels mobile hygiene outreach program. Intake specialist for Dignity on Wheels Silvia Romero talks with a client on Oct. 17, 2018, in Redwood City. (Dai Sugano/Bay Area News Group) Sound The gallery will resume inseconds Intake specialist for Dignity on Wheels Jaime Perez takes out client's cloths from the dryer to give them to him on Oct. 17, 2018, in Redwood City. (Dai Sugano/Bay Area News Group) After taking a shower provided by Project WeHOPE's Dignity on Wheels mobile hygiene outreach program, James "Shamus" Hogan of Redwood City talks to The Mercury News on Oct. 17, 2018, in Redwood City. (Dai Sugano/Bay Area News Group) Francisco Garcia, 48, of Redwood City smiles as he talks to The Mercury News on Oct. 17, 2018, in Redwood City. (Dai … [Read more...] about Wish Book 2018: Project WeHOPE provides a hot shower and dignity for the Bay Area’s most vulnerable