New Year's Day

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  • Fireworks burst over the Sydney Opera House, right, as New Year's celebrations begin in Sydney, Saturday, Dec. 31, 2011. (AP Photo/Rick Rycroft)

    World rings in 2012, bids adieu to a tough 2011

    From New Zealand to New York, the world eagerly welcomed a new year Sunday with confetti-filled celebrations, glittering fireworks displays and star-studded festivities.

  • ** FILE ** In this Dec. 8, 2011, file photo, President Barack Obama leaves a news conference in the White House briefing room in Washington. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster, File)

    In 2012, Obama to press ahead without Congress

    Leaving behind a year of bruising legislative battles, President Barack Obama enters his fourth year in office having calculated that he no longer needs Congress to promote his agenda and may even benefit in his re-election campaign if lawmakers take little action in 2012.

  • Queen's honors list includes actress Bonham Carter

    Oscar-nominated actress Helena Bonham Carter, famed for playing quirky characters as well as British royalty, joins a former prisoner, a reality TV guru and several Olympics organizers on the list of people being awarded honors by Queen Elizabeth II this New Year.

  • Dick Clark

    Tuning in to TV

    If you need proof that Dick Clark still rules New Year's Eve, here it is.

  • The Washington Times

    FIELDS: Message matters more than the new-fangled medium

    T his is the week that pits the old fogies against the rising generations in determining "what's in" for 2012 and "what's out" from 2011. Fashion and political opinions traditionally have made for a showdown at Generation Gap, but this year, as we move into a new year, there's a communication gap, too. It's as much about process as substance in how we see the future.

  • Marybeth Hicks

    HICKS: Five character traits that should be trendy

    It's that time again — time to predict trends for the new year. My favorite trends to watch are in an arena that probably shouldn't be trendy at all: parenting.

  • Demonstrators march past Christmas decorations in downtown Lisbon on Wednesday on their way to the finance ministry. They are protesting the government's proposal to increase the hours of work in a week. Portugal needed a $103 billion bailout earlier this year as its high debt load pushed it close to bankruptcy. The government is enacting an austerity program of pay cuts and tax hikes. The posters say "Increase in the work hours is robbing in the salary." (Associated Press)

    Economic worries dim Europe's holiday spirit

    The streets of downtown Lisbon are usually ablaze with Christmas lights around this time.

  • Making your holiday photo card a real gift

    The Santa hats, beach background or dressed-up dog in the holiday card photo might be saying more than "Merry Christmas" or "Happy New Year."

  • APNewsBreak: NHL, Discover team up on Thanksgiving

    The NHL is hoping to turn Thanksgiving weekend into a hockey holiday as it did with New Year's Day.

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