Great white shark bite mark from Christmas Eve attack that killed California bodyboarder was 16 inches around, report says
Bodyboarder Tomas Butterfield, 42, was bitten in the head, chest and shoulder in the attack at Morro Bay, some 200 miles north of L.A., official reports say. It was a great white shark that killed him on Christmas Eve, the reports conclude.cbsnews.com
Report: Great white shark killed California bodyboarder
A bodyboarder was attacked by a great white shark in central California on Christmas Eve and died within minutes, official reports have concluded. Tomas Abraham Butterfield, 42, was bitten in the head, chest and shoulder in the Morro Bay attack and died from “complications of multiple penetrating blunt force traumatic injuries,” according to a coroner's report, The Tribune of San Luis Obispo County reported Tuesday. A piece of what appeared to be a shark's tooth was found on his body, the Tribune said, citing a report by a sheriff's detective that was among documents released to the paper under a public records request.news.yahoo.com
Potato casserole recipe really is special
Feb. 16—Last weekend, I asked my mother-in-law, Roye, for her special potato casserole recipe. This is a dish she reserves for holidays, like Christmas Eve or Easter. I thought she called it special because she makes it only for special occasions, but, no, when she sent me the recipe, the name of it is really is Special Potato Casserole, and it's from "Elegant Entertaining Cookbook" by Myra ...news.yahoo.com
Winter storms deal death blow to iconic California rock formation
A view of the arch at Montana de Oro State Park in California. (Flickr/Randy Robinson) Not even the magic of Christmas could save an iconic California rock formation from collapsing. On Christmas Eve, the historic rock arch along a San Luis Obispo beach in California's Montana de Oro State Park, situated about halfway between San Francisco and Los Angeles, collapsed in on itself, according to reporting from the Los Angeles Times. The rock formation's collapse has been blamed on the record-breakinews.yahoo.com
House panel probing January 6 Capitol riot may hold public hearings in 2022
The House committee investigating the Capitol insurrection will reportedly begin a more public phase of the probe in the new year. CBS News congressional reporter Zak Hudak joined CBSN with more on the progress of their investigation.news.yahoo.com
Russia may have withdrawn thousands of troops from Ukrainian border
After amassing tens of thousands of troops on its shared border with Ukraine, Russia may be pulling back at least some of their forces. The unconfirmed report comes from a Russian news agency, citing Russian military sources. However, a sizable force of up to 100,000 troops remain near the border. Daniel Treisman, a professor in the political science department at UCLA, joined CBSN's Elise Preston to discuss these latest developments.news.yahoo.com
‘It was the worst Christmas,’ says COVID-positive passenger disembarking cruise ship
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. The Holbrook family of Michigan stepped off Royal Caribbean’s Odyssey of the Seas frustrated and angry after the cruise ship they were on returned to Port Everglades from its eight-night voyage. Christopher Holbrook, 49, tested positive for COVID-19 while aboard and spent Christmas Eve and Christmas Day in his room in isolation. “It was the worst Christmas,” Holbrook said ...news.yahoo.com
'Go in peace': US church founded in 1800 holds last service
A Pennsylvania church with a 221-year history held its final service and is scheduled to close at the end of the year because of declining membership and attendance. The First Presbyterian Church of Bellefonte, which is nearly as old as the borough itself, held the final scheduled service on Christmas Eve after having welcomed generations of families over the course of more than two centuries. The church was established in 1800 by the same men who founded Bellefonte in 1795 at a time when there were only 16 states and counted among its members two former Pennsylvania governors.news.yahoo.com
Alex Jones' wife arrested on domestic violence charge
The wife of conspiracy theorist Alex Jones was arrested Christmas Eve on a domestic violence charge that the right-wing provocateur said stems from a "medication imbalance.” Sheriff's deputies took Erika Wulff Jones into custody and booked her into an Austin jail around 8:45 p.m. Friday. Alex Jones, an Austin resident and founder of the right-wing media group Infowars, declined Saturday to say whether he'd been injured or elaborate on what happened beyond that he believes it was related to his wife's recent change of medication.news.yahoo.com
More flights canceled on Christmas Day amid Omicron COVID surge
The holiday season is being dampened by the coronavirus pandemic again this year. More than 700 U.S. flights are already canceled today and that's on top of hundreds that were called off on Christmas Eve. The holiday travel woes are the latest reminder of just how disruptive the pandemic has become. Michael George has more.news.yahoo.com
Happy Holidays to our fans in the stands!
One of the best gifts we could have received this year was fans back in the stands at sporting events. While during the season we do try to showcase all the people who make our weekends so great, but sometimes we can’t fit everyone in. Christmas Eve gave us a chance to do that.
14-year-old fatally shot by LAPD has been identified
The coroner's office has identified the 14-year-old girl who was fatally shot by Los Angeles police Thursday when officers fired on an assault suspect, and a bullet went through the wall and struck the girl as she was in a clothing store dressing room.news.yahoo.com
‘Is You Serious, Man?’: Newly Released Bodycam Footage Captures Virginia Police Officer Tackling Black Man for Riding Bike Without Headlights
A family is seeking justice for their loved one featured in a newly released police body camera video that showed Norfolk, Virginia, police tackling a […]news.yahoo.com
Danville woman, known as oldest Virginian, dies at 112
DANVILLE, Va. – The oldest person in Virginia passed away peacefully on Thursday, Christmas Eve. Born on April 16, 1908, Avicia Beatrice Hooper Thorpe lived in Danville and was a resident at the Stratford Health Health and Rehabilitation Center. 10 News was able to speak with Thorpe on her 111th birthday in April 2019. When asked about her secret to living so long, she said, “All along, I took the best possible care I could of myself and all the rest of it has been in God’s hand.”A viewing will be held on Dec. 30, 3030 from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m. at Fisher Watkins Funeral Home, and people planning to attend are asked to follow COVID-19 guidelines. Funeral services will also be held the following day on Thursday, Dec. 31 at 11 a.m. from the Chapel of Fisher and Watkins Funeral Home with interment to follow at the National Cemetery in Danville.
British lawmakers approve post-Brexit trade deal with EU
UK chief trade negotiator David Frost looks on as Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson signs the EU-UK Trade and Cooperation Agreement at 10 Downing Street, London Wednesday Dec. 30, 2020. (Leon Neal/Pool via AP)BRUSSELS – Britain’s Parliament voted resoundingly on Wednesday to approve a trade deal with the European Union, paving the way for an orderly break with the bloc that will finally complete the U.K.’s long and divisive Brexit journey. With just a day to spare, lawmakers in the House of Commons voted 521-73 in favor of the agreement sealed between the U.K. government and the EU last week. She noted that the deal protected trade in goods but did not cover services, which account for 80% of Britain's economy. “We have a deal in trade, which benefits the EU, but not a deal in services, which would have benefitted the U.K.," May said.
The Spin: Kinzinger not ruling out bid for governor | Why Lipinski voted against $2,000 payments | Chicago’s surge in homicides tied to COVID-19, Mayor Lightfoot says
In a ruling issued Christmas Eve, Walker wrote that the governor’s initial emergency order delaying the licenses was insufficient. But Walker also wrote that a later governor’s order clarified the delay was necessary because the pandemic has forced the Illinois Department of Agriculture, which is supposed to issue the licenses, to concentrate on oversight of meat and livestock facilities and the food supply chain. Expect the growers to appeal what an attorney is calling a weak decision by the court.chicagotribune.com
Do you recognize this woman? Police say she assaulted a Walmart employee on Christmas Eve
The Henry County Sheriff’s Office is asking for help in identifying the female pictured in reference to an assault on a Walmart employee on Christmas Eve. Henry County – The Henry County Sheriff’s Office is asking for help in identifying the woman in this surveillance photo. Police say she assaulted a Walmart employee on Christmas Eve after she was confronted about potentially shoplifting. In a Facebook post, the Henry County Sheriff’s Office said the woman also had a child with her. The Sheriff’s office is asking the public to contact Dep.
Judge rules against marijuana craft grower applicants seeking immediate licenses
In a ruling issued Christmas Eve, Walker wrote that the governor’s initial emergency order delaying the licenses was insufficient. But Walker also wrote that a later governor’s order clarified the delay was necessary because the pandemic has forced the Illinois Department of Agriculture, which is supposed to issue the licenses, to concentrate on oversight of meat and livestock facilities and the food supply chain.chicagotribune.com
Georgia Senate Candidates rake in recordbreaking fundraising hauls
Georgia Senate Candidates rake in recordbreaking fundraising hauls The latest FEC filings from Christmas Eve show Georgia's Senate runoff candidates raised a combined $340 million for their campaigns over the last two months, with Democrats outraising Republicans. Republican strategist and co-founder of the nonprofit "Speak Georgia" Janelle King joins CBSN host Tom Hanson to discuss the final week of campaigning ahead of the June fifth elections.cbsnews.com
Georgia Senate candidates rake in record-breaking fundraising hauls
Georgia Senate candidates rake in record-breaking fundraising hauls The latest FEC filings from Christmas Eve show Georgia's Senate runoff candidates raised a combined $340 million for their campaigns over the last two months, with Democrats outraising Republicans. Republican strategist and co-founder of the nonprofit "Speak Georgia" Janelle King joins CBSN host Tom Hanson to discuss the final week of campaigning ahead of the January 5th elections.cbsnews.com
Lynchburg Daily Bread fed less fortunate on Christmas Eve
LYNCHBURG, Va. – Lynchburg Daily Bread continues to feed those who are less fortunate this holiday season. Staff and volunteers were busy Christmas Eve, serving hot meals including ham, pasta and veggies – as well as pizzas donated by Little Caesar’s. Jennifer McCarthy, Daily Bread’s resource coordinator, told 10 News they’re averaging about 300 carryout meals a day and expect to serve an extra hundred on Christmas Day. We serve as many meals as a person needs to take for themselves or for their family members or neighbors,” McCarthy said. Daily Bread also passed out donated toiletries to those in need.
COVID-19 affects Christmas Eve shopping at Lynchburg’s River Ridge Mall
LYNCHBURG, Va. – Like many things, Christmas Eve shopping looked different this year because of COVID-19, but at the River Ridge Mall in Lynchburg, there was still a deadline dash for deals. Louise Dudley, the mall’s general manager, said that impacted this year’s Christmas Eve crowd. Inside the mall, 10 News witnessed many shoppers wearing masks, maintaining social distancing and using hand sanitizer; while there were some lines outside of stores. But not as packed as other shoppers thought. I thought it would be really crazy out here today,” added Quinton Cox.”The River Ridge Mall is closed on Christmas Day.
Notre Dame choir returns for first time since devastating fire for Christmas Eve concert
Paris — Wearing hard hats and protective suits, members of the choir of Notre Dame Cathedral sang inside the medieval Paris landmark for the first time since last year's devastating fire for a special Christmas Eve concert. Restoration work on the Notre Dame cathedral has been continuing at night despite the curfew aiming at curbing the spread of the coronavirus. The public was not allowed in and isn't expected to see the inside of Notre Dame until at least 2024. MARTIN BUREAU/AFP via Getty ImagesThe archbishop of Paris, Monsignor Michel Aupetit, held Thursday's Christmas Eve services in Saint-Germain-l'Auxerrois Church across from the Louvre Museum instead of Notre Dame. The Notre Dame choir used to give 60 concerts a year inside the cathedral but has been itinerant ever since, moving among other Paris churches.cbsnews.com
Grinch caught green-handed apparently stealing Christmas again
He was allegedly at it again on Christmas Eve. But Colorado State Police Trooper Pointon, whose first name wasn't given, caught him in the act. And put the cuffs on him:Trooper Pointon caught the Grinch red handed or should I say green handed today in Las Animas. S93 pic.twitter.com/Z8ryrXT9w7 — CSP La Junta&Lamar (@CSP_LaJunta) December 24, 2020CBS Denver reports investigators didn't say what the Grinch was accused of this time, but that he has a history of — stealing Christmas. And like the original Dr. Seuss story, the Grinch's "arrest" photo appeared aimed at bringing some smiles to the holidays.cbsnews.com
Virus magnifies the solitude for the elderly at Christmas
I will spend Christmas at home alone because I don't have anyone to spend them with. “I don’t feel like celebrating anything,” Otero said as she sat down to eat a plate of salmon with potatoes. “We have missed one another these Christmas holidays,” Cano said. I am one of the last ones left. I will spend Christmas at home alone because I don’t have anyone to spend it with.”___AP writer Joseph Wilson contributed to this report.
Some Southern California churches set to hold indoor services for the holidays
On Saturday, the LA County Public Health Department announced that indoor religious services would again be permitted, this in response to a ruling from the Supreme Court in early December. The Archdiocese of Los Angeles, which overseas Roman Catholic churches in LA, Ventura and Santa Barbara counties, announced Wednesday that it would allow its churches to hold indoor services and released a list of guidelines. LA County has been engaged in multiple legal cases with churches who chose to defy orders not to hold indoor services. Most California churches, mosques and synagogues statewide were first forced to shutter indoor services in mid-March, when the coronavirus pandemic took hold. However, in mid-July, when the coronavirus numbers began to spike, Newsom ordered all houses of worship in counties with high case rates to again halt indoor services.cbsnews.com
Christmas Eve concert held in Paris' fire-wrecked Notre Dame
In this photo provided by Maitrise Notre-Dame de Paris soprani singer Julie Fuchs and the Notre Dame Cathedral choir recording a Christmas concert on Saturday, Dec. 19, 2020, inside Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris. The concert will be broadcasted on French television on Christmas. (MSNDP/Musique Sacree Notre-Dame de Paris via AP)PARIS – Wearing hard hats and protective suits, members of the choir of Notre Dame Cathedral sang inside the medieval Paris landmark for the first time since last year’s devastating fire for a special Christmas Eve concert. The public was not allowed and isn’t expected to see the insides of Notre Dame until at least 2024. The Notre Dame choir used to give 60 concerts a year inside the cathedral but has been itinerant ever since, moving among other Paris churches.
Follow Santa’s Christmas journey with NORAD’s Santa Tracker
Thursday marks Christmas Eve and you know what that means... Santa Claus is coming to town! CLICK HERE TO TRACK SANTA’S JOURNEYEvery Christmas Eve, there are men and women in the military who have the best job of all. They get to follow along as Jolly Saint Nick treks around the world to deliver presents to everyone on the nice list. The North American Aerospace Defense Command created the Santa Tracker, which allows you to see where Santa is in the world and just how close he is to delivering your presents. You can follow along with NORAD’s interactive map or on Twitter where officials are updating where Santa is.
Coronavirus dampens Christmas joy in Bethlehem and elsewhere
Few people were there to greet them as the coronavirus pandemic and a strict lockdown dampened Christmas Eve celebrations. The Philippines prohibited mass gatherings and barred extended families from holding traditional Christmas Eve dinners. On Christmas Eve in Italy, church bells rang earlier than usual. In Athens, Christmas Eve was eerily silent. The schedule for Christmas Eve and Christmas day included Masses in English and Spanish, and a bilingual jazz vespers service.
The Latest: China tests millions in port over virus cluster
(AP Photo/Emrah Gurel)BEIJING — Authorities in China’s northeastern port city of Dalian are testing millions of residents after seven new coronavirus cases were reported there in the last 24 hours. It has a deal to secure up to 100 million doses of the potential vaccine produced by AstraZeneca. Koca said the first shipment of three million doses of CoronaVac would be shipped to Turkey on Sunday and arrive Monday. He said Turkey could get 4.5 million doses until the end of March and would have the option buy up to 30 million doses. Indonesia has reported nearly 700,000 COVID-19 cases, the largest caseload in Southeast Asia and second in Asia only to India’s 10.1 million confirmed cases.
Breakthrough: UK and EU reach post-Brexit trade agreement
It took more than three years of wrangling before Britain left the bloc’s political structures last January. If Britain were to quit the EU with no agreement governing trade, the two sides would reinstate tariffs on each other's goods. Even with a trade deal, goods and people will no longer be able to move freely between the U.K. and its continental neighbors without border restrictions. ”“And the difference that a trade deal makes is not going to be obvious to most people from that,” he said. ___Follow all AP stories on the Brexit trade talks at https://apnews.com/Brexit
Stocks close higher in holiday shortened week
Stocks are ticking higher on Wall Street Wednesday, Dec. 23, following a mixed set of reports on the economy. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)Stocks closed slightly higher on Christmas Eve, as investors went into the holiday weekend not bothered by President Donald Trump’s threat not to sign a major economic stimulus package approved by Congress this week. Relatively safe investments like utilities and real estate were among the biggest gainers, while energy stocks fell. Trump has asked for higher individual payments to Americans, something Democrats support but which is unlikely to get a vote in the Republican-held Senate. Consumers pulled back on their spending by more last month than economists expected, mainly because of a drop in income.
Dark days: Experts fear the holidays will fuel the US crisis
Airports also recorded around 1 million travelers on each of the five days between last Friday and Tuesday. Fauci, who turned 80 on Thursday, said he and his wife would be celebrating his birthday and the holidays with their children on Zoom. It took 292 days to reach 1 million cases on Nov. 11. Nurses are exhausted, terrified of what’s next and angry at those who ignore pleas to stay home and stay safe. Associated Press writers Heather Hollingsworth in Kansas City, Missouri, and Shelley Adler in Fairfax, Virginia, contributed to this story.
Local churches prepare for Christmas services amid pandemic
LYNCHBURG, Va. – It will mainly be a silent night this Christmas Eve, as local churches of different denominations put similar COVID-19 guidelines into place. Churches are relying on live streaming services for this year’s celebrations. Governor Ralph Northam’s curfew is also cutting services at Main Street United Methodist Church in Bedford. Reverend Doctor Dawn Compton says they had to cancel an 11 p.m. service while leaving enough time between other services to clean the church. Reverend doctor Martha Kearse tells 10 News the doors will be locked because they’re prerecording services.
Edging into Christmas Eve, EU and UK near Brexit trade deal
After resolving a few remaining fair-competition issues, negotiators tussled over EU fishing rights in U.K. waters as they worked right into Christmas Eve to secure a provisional deal for a post-Brexit relationship after nine months of talks. A trade deal would avert the imposition of tariffs and duties that could cost both sides billions in trade and hundreds of thousands of jobs. Johnson has always insisted the U.K. will “prosper mightily” even if no deal is reached and the U.K. has to trade with the EU on World Trade Organization terms from Jan. 1. Rumors of a pre-Christmas trade deal surfaced in recent days based on progress on the main outstanding issues, other than fishing. On Wednesday, brokering on quotas and transition times for EU vessels to continue fishing in U.K. waters was in full swing, with progress reported from several sides.
A season of fear, not cheer, as virus changes Christmas
All most people wanted for Christmas after this year of pandemic was some cheer and togetherness. Instead many are heading into a season of isolation, grieving lost loved ones, worried about their jobs or confronting the fear of a new potentially more contagious virus variant. Peruvians won't be allowed to drive their cars over Christmas and New Year to discourage visits even with nearby family and friends. South Africans won’t be able to go to the beach on Christmas Eve, Christmas Day or New Year’s Day. There are no nationwide travel restrictions in the United States, but health officials have urged people to stay home and limit gatherings.
Weather outside to turn frightful by Christmas Eve, Christmas Day
Let’s split this article up into Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, diving into the details that you need to know. - Localized flooding possible along the Blue Ridge Parkway, with stronger storms east of U.S. 29 late in the afternoon Christmas Eve. - Wind gusts could cause scattered power outages Christmas Eve night into Christmas morning. - A flash freeze is possible by Christmas morning, thanks to residual moisture from our Christmas Eve rain. A very cold Christmas - 12/25/2020In fact, it could fall within the Top-10 coldest on record across much of the area.
Asia Today: South Korea to curb social gatherings nationwide
SEOUL – South Korea will prohibit private social gatherings of five or more people and shut down ski resorts and major tourist spots nationwide starting from Christmas Eve as it contends with surging coronavirus infections. The capital area has been at the center of a viral resurgence in past weeks that has overwhelmed hospitals and increased death tolls and raised questions to how the government is handling the outbreak. Forty-eight COVID-19 patients have died in the past 48 hours, the deadliest two days since the emergence of the pandemic. The viral resurgence has put pressure on the government to raise social distancing restrictions to maximum levels, something policymakers have resisted for weeks out of economic concerns. The mass outbreak in Samut Sakhon was revealed over the weekend when authorities reported more than 500 new cases, the country’s biggest single-day increase by far.
How gift wrapping can make a difference in the New River Valley
MONTGOMERY COUNTY, Va. – A group of volunteers is wrapping gifts to make a difference in Montgomery County. It’s called Wrapping for a Reason, a signature fundraiser of the Montgomery County Emergency Assistance Program (MCEAP). From now until Christmas Eve, volunteers are at New River Valley Mall in Christiansburg, wrapping gifts for a small price and collecting donations. “We’ve had several volunteers who did not feel safe wrapping this year, but the way they chose to get involved is they bought bows and wrapping paper and so forth to contribute. There is a variety of wrapping paper available to fit multiple occasions, not just Christmas.
All Mariah Carey wants is you to enjoy her Christmas special
NEW YORK – Christmas is still a few weeks away, but Mariah Carey is already orchestrating her dinner menu. 1 hits really going to sweat over a hot stove? “Magical Christmas Special” is another example of diverse, family-friendly holiday programming that hasn’t always been allotted by Hollywood. “As a kid, if I had to select one holiday, of course I’m going with Christmas. And while the pandemic has halted a number of projects, 2020 has been busy for Carey: In September she released her candid memoir “The Meaning of Mariah Carey,” which debuted at No.
Europe's Christmas dilemma: risk empty chairs next year?
(AP Photo/Matt Dunham, File)BRUSSELS – Please leave a chair empty at this year's family Christmas dinner as a precaution, or face the possibility of having that chair empty forever. That's the stark dilemma Belgium's prime minister has set to urge smaller festive family gatherings, as Europeans battle with containing the surging COVID-19 pandemic over the holiday season. Britain, with the continent's highest death rate at 57,031 yet a Christmas tradition unlike few others, could not resist the temptation of relaxation. Like Belgium, Italy, where the pandemic initially struck hard in Europe, is taking a hard line at Christmas. In Oberndorf, home of the world's most famous Christmas carol, they hope its lyrics will not be taken too literally.
What you need to know to avoid a house fire and keep your family safe
Stay in the kitchen when you are cooking on the stovetop so you can keep an eye on the food. Make sure kids stay away from hot food and liquids. Along with that, have a fire escape plan and if you have guests during the holidays make sure they know too. He also says to cut off the stove and the small fire should go out, but do not add water. It’s an odorless, deadly gas and he said you need an alarm to try and detect it in your home.
Heisman Trophy to be awarded Jan. 5; Finalists on Dec. 24
The Heisman Trophy will be presented Jan. 5, but without the usual ceremony held in New York City, and the finalists will be revealed on Christmas Eve. The deadline for Heisman voters to submit their ballots is now Dec. 21, two days after the conference championship games are scheduled to be played. Before college football schedules were revised because of the coronavirus pandemic, the Heisman was set to be handed out Dec. 12. Now it will be awarded during the 10 days between the College Football Playoff semifinals on Jan. 1 and the championship game on Jan. 11. ___More AP college football coverage: https://apnews.com/Collegefootball and https://twitter.com/AP_Top25
Former state trooper, wife killed in Christmas Eve murder-suicide in Halifax County
HALIFAX COUNTY, Va. – A former Virginia state trooper and his wife were found dead after murder-suicide on Christmas Eve, according to the Halifax County Sheriff’s Office. Both died of apparent gunshot wounds after Philip Leath killed Lori Leath and then himself, according to the Sheriff’s Office. According to Richmond Times-Dispatch public salary databases, Philip Leath last received a salary from state police in 2017. The bodies were taken to the state medical examiner’s office in Roanoke for autopsies, according to the Sheriff’s Office. The Halifax County Sheriff’s Office worked with the South Boston Police Department, Virginia State Police and Virginia Department of Transportation.
Multiple accidents reported across the area on Christmas Eve morning
ROANOKE, Va. – 10 News is following a handful of incidents across the area on Christmas Eve morning. UPDATE: This crash has been cleared. A tractor-trailer accident on US-220 in Henry County has the northbound lane closed between US-58 and Dillons Fork Rd. Another crash has been reported on US-460 in Botetourt County near Colonial Elementary and Webster Rd. In Alleghany County, a crash has Sulphur Spring Rd closed from Morris Hollow Rd to Holly Hill Rd.
Aldi advent calendars hit the shelves Wednesday
Tis the season for wine, beer, cheese and chocolate. Aldi is rolling out its annual wine advent calendars Wednesday. Last year they sold out within minutes across the US. The calendars are used to count down the days of advent, the religious days leading up to Christmas Eve. In the past, the calendars have been simple with fold-back flaps revealing treats like chocolates.
Retailers seek to stretch shortened holiday shopping season
Faced with the shortest holiday shopping season since 2013, retailers are trying to figure out ways to get into the minds of shoppers sooner. "This is going to be a very compressed holiday season," Target's CEO Brian Cornell told reporters during last week's holiday preview in New York. That leaves the holiday shopping season with six fewer days than last year. Jack Kleinhenz, chief economist at trade group National Retail Federation, says he baked the shorter season into his holiday forecast. The last time the holiday season was cut short, in 2013, sales rose a modest 2.9%, according to NRF's analysis of holiday spending.