Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus


In 1897, an 8-year-old girl named Virginia O’Hanlon wrote a letter to the editor of The New York Sun asking, “Is there a Santa Claus?” An editorial writer of the Sun staff, Francis Pharcellus Church, wrote a response that has now become a classic. DEAR EDITOR: I am 8 years ...

Markets 2021: Stocks soar, IPOs explode, crypto goes wild


Wall Street delivered another strong year for investors in 2021, as a resurgence in consumer demand fueled by the reopening of the global economy pumped up corporate profits. As of Dec. 22, the S&P 500 had risen 25%, its third-straight annual increase. Along the way, the benchmark index ...

McConnell openly courts Manchin to leave Democrats, join GOP


WASHINGTON (AP) — Mitch McConnell is done with subtleties. The Senate Republican leader is putting his party's courtship of Joe Manchin on full public display after the West Virginia Democrat's fractious split with the White House over the president's big social and environmental spending ...

Winter recreation safety tips offered


As many people start venturing outside for the holiday break, the Michigan Department of Natural Resources reminds everyone to consider seasonal safety tips before enjoying their favorite winter activities. “People often get caught up in the excitement of the moment and overlook general ...

Panel seeks interview with Trump ally Jordan


WASHINGTON (AP) — The House panel investigating the Jan. 6 U.S. Capitol insurrection on Wednesday requested an interview with Republican Rep. Jim Jordan of Ohio, one of former President Donald Trump's closest allies in Congress, as the committee closes in on members of its own chamber. In a ...

Rep. Scott Perry denies Jan. 6 panel’s request for interview


WASHINGTON (AP) — Republican Rep. Scott Perry of Pennsylvania on Tuesday rebuffed a request for him to sit down for an interview and turn over documents to the House panel investigating the Jan. 6 U.S. Capitol insurrection, joining other allies of former President Donald Trump in trying to ...