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When do stores close on Christmas Eve? Here is a list

Published: Thursday, December 21, 2017 @ 1:53 PM

Stores Open on Christmas Day

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. 

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Below is a list of Christmas Eve store closing hours so you know just how long you can linger and still get the gifts.

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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.

In this Dec. 18, 2010 photo, gift cards are on display at the J.C. Penny store at the Manhattan Mall in New York. It’s traditional for many to cap a long season of Christmas shopping with more shopping once the holiday has passed. They return clothes that were the wrong size, wrong color or just wrong. They spend gift cards or cash presents. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)(Staff Writer)

Eyelashes freeze, thermometer breaks as -62°C temperatures hit world's coldest village

Published: Wednesday, January 17, 2018 @ 4:22 AM

World's Coldest Village Drops to -79.6°F

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.

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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.

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In fact, it was so cold that the town’s thermometer broke.

A few pictures have indicated that bundling up is no match for the weather.

Despite this, the weather certainly hasn’t deterred the adventurous.

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It would seem that besides the thermometer, schools are the only other thing truly feeling the effects of the cold temperatures.

(H/T Twitter)

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Man finds daughter after putting her up for adoption nearly 40 years ago

Published: Monday, January 15, 2018 @ 2:26 PM

40 Years After Putting Daughter Up for Adoption, Father Finds Her Again

Jerry Miller’s daughter was taken from him shortly after she was born in 1978 in Covington, Kentucky. 

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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. 

What to use as an ice scraper when you definitely don’t have one

Published: Wednesday, January 17, 2018 @ 9:00 AM

5 Things You Should Not Leave In Your Car During Cold Weather

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.

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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. 

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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:

  • Spatula These things can do more than flip your burger. If you’re worried about scratching your window opt for plastic.
  • CDs Render that physical copy of an album you’re probably embarrassed you bought even more obsolete by using it to remove the ice from your windshield.
  • Credit cards A quick Google search proves credit cards the most popular ice scraper alternative. 
  • Plastic dustpan Makes for easy cleanup, too. 
  • Kayak paddle Austinites love to kayak, right?

Check out what some other Texans have resorted to:

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.

>>Related: Letting car idle in cold weather could be illegal

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.

White Castle will offer romantic Valentine’s Day package, reservations again

Published: Wednesday, January 17, 2018 @ 7:42 AM

White Castle Offering Romantic Valentine’s Day Setup

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.

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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.

To make a reservation, either use OpenTable or you can call the local numbers listed here.

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