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Published: Thursday, December 21, 2017 @ 1:53 PM
— If you have put off finishing your Christmas shopping and are now racing the clock to get it done, you’re not alone.
But since Christmas presents won’t buy themselves, and time is running out, a plan of action is probably in order.
Below is a list of Christmas Eve store closing hours so you know just how long you can linger and still get the gifts.
Note: Some of the hours of individual locations will vary. Call your local store to check on closing times before you head out.
7-Eleven: Open 24 hours
Apple Stores: 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Babies ”R” Us: 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Barnes & Noble: 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Bed, Bath & Beyond: 7 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Best Buy: 7 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Big Lots: 7 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Dick’s Sporting Goods: 7 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Dillard’s: 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Dollar General: 7 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Dollar Tree: 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Gap: 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
IKEA: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
JC Penney: 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. (closing times vary)
Kmart: 8 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Kohls: The chain has been open 24 hours for a few days; they close at 6 p.m. Christmas Eve
Macy’s: 7 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Marshalls: 7 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Meijer: 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. for most stores
Michaels: 7 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Nordstrom: 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. in some places; noon to 6 p.m. in other places
Old Navy: 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Sears: 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. in some places (opening and closing times vary)
Staples: 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Target: 7 a.m. to 10 p.m.
TJX: 7 a.m. to 6 p.m.
BJ’s Wholesale: 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Costco: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
GameStop: 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Hobby Lobby: closed
Kohl’s: 12 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Toys ”R” Us: 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Walmart: Stores close at 6 p.m.
Published: Wednesday, January 17, 2018 @ 4:22 AM
OYMYAKON, Russia — As Americans continue to brave the winter weather, photos from a remote village in Russia might make them count their blessings that it’s not worse.
According to the experts, Oymyakon in Siberia is the world’s coldest permanently inhabited area. Recent temperatures came in at a bone-chilling -62°C, or -79.6°F.
Oymyakon bottoms out at -62C or -80F. Now that is cold https://t.co/WY9OQvcwVY— Jim Edds (@ExtremeStorms) January 15, 2018
Bit colder than usual in Siberia over next few days. Watch some stations like Oymyakon for -70°F pic.twitter.com/nt9PUa5WUo— Ryan Maue | weather.us (@RyanMaue) January 14, 2018
In fact, it was so cold that the town’s thermometer broke.
That's what happens when the temperature reaches -79°F in Oymyakon, Russia. pic.twitter.com/pXR1Z7NKtI— Dose (@dose) January 15, 2018
A few pictures have indicated that bundling up is no match for the weather.
Anyone moaning about the weather...could be worse, this is village of Oymyakon in Russia where it is currently -62c!!!! pic.twitter.com/6RONaURGSh— Greigsy (@Greigsy) January 16, 2018
Despite this, the weather certainly hasn’t deterred the adventurous.
As temperatures sink to -60C in Yakutia, heroic Chinese tourists take a swim!— The Siberian Times (@siberian_times) January 15, 2018
Amazing scenes as Russia’s iciest region of Yakutia plunges to near record lows, and even the thermometer in the world’s coldest village breaks downhttps://t.co/UpCiM5WIZg pic.twitter.com/1lpqOgEFu8
It would seem that besides the thermometer, schools are the only other thing truly feeling the effects of the cold temperatures.
Published: Monday, January 15, 2018 @ 2:26 PM
— Jerry Miller’s daughter was taken from him shortly after she was born in 1978 in Covington, Kentucky.
At that time, he was diagnosed with a brain aneurysm, and his chances of recovery were slim, according to WAVE.
His wife was 17 years old the newborn would be too much to take care of, so she was given up for adoption.
Over the years, Miller remarried. He had three children and moved to Hanover, Indiana, according to WAVE.
But he never forgot about the baby he held for 30 minutes that day nearly 40 years ago. He tried to find her, using private detectives. His last hope was social media.
"Please everyone share this,” his daughter wrote in a post that has since been made private on Facebook. “My dad is looking for a daughter that was adopted while he was very ill and was unable to gain custody in 1978.”
The post went viral, and media groups also shared the story.
"If she doesn't see it, I'll probably go to my grave regretting it,” Miller told WAVE. "Wondering if she's dead or alive. If somebody is taking care of her the right way.”
Miller stopped wondering Sunday, when they reconnected.
Published: Wednesday, January 17, 2018 @ 9:00 AM
AUSTIN, Texas — I’m sorry. A what?
Texans who woke up to a frozen windshield this morning proved that creativity strikes at odd times. Not everyone in warmer regions has the foresight to buy an ice scraper for the off chance that they might one day actually need it.
Or not everyone’s dad has insisted having one in the glove compartment could “one day save your life.”
Accordingly, on an oddly icy Texas morning, the state’s residents are forced to get creative.
Just among the Austin American-Statesman’s newsroom staff, reported ice scraper substitutes included: a drawer’s worth of spatulas, several credit cards, a plastic cup and a plastic level.
A little research shows we weren’t far off some common stand-ins:
Check out what some other Texans have resorted to:
I used a kayak paddle as an ice scraper this morning. If you live in Austin and drive to work. What did you use? If answer is ice scraper, well, good for you.— Mose Buchele (@MoseBuchele) January 3, 2018
Other tips for de-icing your windshield include idling your car (but that could be illegal in some parts of the country), spraying your window with either a saltwater solution or an alcohol solution or sprinkling salt on it directly.
You should not use hot (or even lukewarm) water to melt the ice on your windshield. The difference in temperature can shock the glass and cause it to crack.
Published: Wednesday, January 17, 2018 @ 7:42 AM
— Fast food icon White Castle once again will offer its romantic Valentine’s Day package for those in love, but on a budget.
White Castle is now accepting reservations for its annual Valentine’s Day Dinner and for the first time, the chain is using OpenTable.com, or the reservation app, to allow diners to secure their spot for the traditional dinner with a twist, Cincinnati.com reported.
This year, like in years past, White Castle will offer its original slider and veggie slider. To throw love into the meal, it’s also serving up a chocolate-covered strawberry smoothie, a combination of strawberries and vanilla yogurt that is topped with Ghirardelli chocolate sauce. It will also decorate the locations in red and pink balloons, throw tablecloths on the tables and give menus to its guests, Delish reported.