First lady Jill Biden received the official 2021 White House Christmas tree on Monday (11/22). To honor the role of the National Guard in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the first lady was joined by a D.C. Army National Guard family. The 18.5-foot Fraser fir hails from Jefferson, North Carolina.
WEB EXTRA: Menorah Lighting At The White HouseSecond gentleman Doug Emhoff, the first Jewish spouse of an American president or vice president, helped lead the lighting of the Menorah at the White House on Wednesday (12/1), the fourth night of Hanukkah.
WEB EXTRA: 2021 U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree LightingThe U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree is shining bright. The 84-foot white fir named "Sugar Bear" is from the Six Rivers National Forest in California. 5th grader Michael Mavris, an essay winner from California, helped light the tree on Wednesday (12/1).
WEB EXTRA: Japan Coast Guard Rescues Man Stranded On Capsized Boat For 22 HoursThe Japan Coast Guard rescued a man who was stranded on a capsized boat for 22 hours.
WEB EXTRA: Workers Rescued From Partially Collapsed ScaffoldFire rescue personnel worked to rescue workers stranded on a partially-collapsed scaffold in Hallandale Beach.
WEB EXTRA: Surfer Has Close Encounter With Shark In Puerto RicoCheck out how close a shark got to this surfer off Middles Beach in Puerto Rico on Monday, Nov. 29.
WEB EXTRA: Man Builds Scaled-Down Replica Of Taj Mahal For WifeA man in India built a house for his wife to look just like the Taj Mahal. Here's a look.
WEB EXTRA: Close Encounter With SharkCheck out how close a shark got to this surfer off Middles Beach in Puerto Rico on Monday.
WEB EXTRA: Rihanna Named National Hero in BarbadosSinger and businesswoman Rihanna was named a national hero in her home country of Barbados on Tuesday. The recognition came during a ceremony marking the island nation's transition to a republic. The prime minister told Rihanna: "May you continue to shine bright like a diamond ... "
WEB EXTRA: 2021 White House Holiday DecorationsThe White House is officially in the holiday spirit. The first lady unveiled this year's theme and decorations for the Biden family's first holiday season at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.
WEB EXTRA: President Biden: Omicron Variant 'As A Cause For Concern, Not A Cause For Panic'President Biden says the newly identified Omicron COVID-19 variant "is a cause for concern, not a cause for panic." Monday (11/29), the president said, "We have more tools today to fight the variant than we've ever had before."
WEB EXTRA: Monkey Festival in ThailandThousands of macaque monkeys feasted on more than 4,000 pounds of fruits and vegetables as part of a Monkey Festival in Lopburi, Thailand on Sunday. The festival is an annual tradition to thank the local monkeys for drawing tourists to the area.
Three Firefighters Hit By Falling Cast Iron Tub While Battling House FireA cast iron bathtub fell through the second floor and hit three firefighters as they were battling a house fire in West Little River.
WEB EXTRA: World's Largest Menorah Display In MiamiThe world’s largest electronic menorah is lighting-up the South Florida skyline during the eight-nights of the Jewish “Festival of Lights.”
WEB EXTRA: NYC Police Officer Released From Hospital In Time To Celebrate Thanksgiving With FamilyThe NYPD says "there's a lot to be thankful for" after one of its officers was released from the hospital in time to celebrate Thanksgiving with family.
WEB EXTRA: Lava Spews From Volcano In SpainHere is a look at the lava flowing from the Cumbre Vieja volcano on La Palma island in Spain on Friday (11/26). The Canary Islands Volcanology Institute said a new vent opened this week. The volcano began erupting in September.
WEB EXTRA: Gingerbread House CompetitionCheck out this movie theater, the Central Perk café from "Friends," and Noah's ark all made from gingerbread! The sweet art is part of a Christmas baking competition in Sweden. Organizers say this year's theme is "together" and winners will be announced on December 19.
WEB EXTRA: Giving The Best HugTina Kraus reports researchers in London believe they may have cracked the code on the best kind of cuddle.
WEB EXTRA: Miami's Most Famous Bald Eagle Lays Egg On Live Eagle CamIt’s not exactly a Christmas miracle, but it’s pretty darn close after learning a pair of Bald Eagles, which a live Eagle Cam has been focused on since mid-October, is expanding its family. The female eagle, named “Rita” laid an egg on Wednesday, the day before Thanksgiving and it was all live on the Eagle cam. (Source: Ron Magill)
Bryant McKinnie On His Operation Turkey Hot Meal GiveawayOperation Turkey, led by former NFL and University of Miami player Bryant McKinnie, was in full force on Thursday, providing hot meals to those in need.
WEB EXTRA: Crews Inflate Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade BalloonsWATCH crews inflate the balloons for the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York City. Macy's says 15 giant character helium balloons and 36 inflatables will take flight for the 95th annual parade on Thursday.
WEB EXTRA: Deer Breaks Into School ClassroomThis deer broke into an elementary school in Springfield, TN and caused a mess in a classroom. The Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency said the deer entered through an emergency exit and "was in good spirits" when an officer helped it out.
WEB EXTRA: Thanksgiving Cooking Safety StressedThe Consumer Product Safety Commission says, on average, 1,700 cooking fires occur on Thanksgiving – that’s three times more than any other day of the year.
WEB EXTRA: Giant Menorah Goes Up In NYCThis menorah went up in New York City a few days before Chanukah, which begins on Sunday. The Lubavitch Youth Organization sponsored it and said it's the "world's largest Chanukah menorah."
WEB EXTRA: NASA Launches Asteroid-Targeting DART SpacecraftNASA launched this Double Asteroid Redirection Test (DART) spacecraft Wednesday. NASA says the mission is to test if "intentionally crashing a spacecraft into an asteroid is an effective way to change its course, should an Earth-threatening asteroid be discovered in the future." The spacecraft is scheduled to slam into an asteroid in September 2022.