Christmas traditions you may only understand if you’re from Texas

SAN ANGELO, Texas — The season of Christmas may bring to mind images of a winter wonderland, fireplaces and warm sweaters – but here in Texas, Christmas looks a little different. Christmas Food. A regular appearance on Christmas Eve in Texas is a plate of tamales. This dish...
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Cold Moon 2022: Don't Miss Out On The Harbinger Of Winter

The year is coming to an end, and along with some stellar lunar and solar eclipses, it is giving skywatchers one final full moon. The December full moon is called the Cold Moon on account of the frigid conditions it arrives in. The moon ushers in the winter over much of the United States. Also called the long night moon, this moon will stay in the sky longer than most other full moons, according to Farmer's Almanac.

Oil prices surge as cap on Russian crude comes into force

Oil prices surged on Monday as the world’s major oil-producing nations agreed to cut output at the same time as a price cap placed on Russian seaborne crude oil by the G7 and its allies came into force.The US, Canada, the UK, France, Germany, Italy, and Japan, as well as the rest of the EU and some other Western allies, on Friday agreed to cap the price paid for Russian seaborne crude oil at $60 (£49) a barrel as part of an international campaign in response to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.Global benchmark Brent crude surged by up to 1.95 per...

Wow, Didn’t See That Coming. Not.

I told you so. Well, actually, AAF’s Tori Smith told you so. “The Inflation Reduction Act’s clean vehicle tax credits include rules of origin for a vehicle to qualify for the credit…. The clean vehicle tax credits, as currently proposed, could violate U.S. trade commitments under the World Trade Organization and the U.S.-Korea Free Trade Agreement. Violating commitments under these agreements would likely put the United States at risk of facing disputes, which could subject Americans to retaliation from trading partners.”

Oh The Irony: Switzerland To REVERSE Green Energy Push Due To Shortages

In a surprise plot twist, going green is no longer the top thing to do. As Europeans and other Nato countries face dire shortages due to the current energy crisis, they have to go back on the going green initiative. They can’t afford it anymore. They are now considering...

The mighty Mississippi was once named ‘River of the Immaculate Conception.’ Here’s why

“Immaculate” is not a word most people would use to describe the Mississippi River’s famously muddy waters. But Father Jacques Marquette was not most people. The Jesuit explorer, who came from France as a missionary to Canada in 1666, was one of the first Europeans to name the Mississippi, which he explored and mapped with his companion Louis Joliet beginning in 1673. And the name he gave to this vital artery of North America was “The River of the Immaculate Conception.”

3 Beneficial Healthcare Laws The 118th Congress Could (Actually) Pass

In the lead up to the 2022 midterm elections, healthcare was once again a top voting issue, ranking third behind inflation and abortion. But will its importance among voters translate to policy changes within a split Congress? That depends. For constituents whose hearts are set on highly partisan pieces of...

Advice for Europeans: Bundle Up and Get Ready for Outages

Life in some European cities may soon look like this: Staggered electricity outages to save energy. Temporary cuts in mobile phone and internet service. Schools closed for a lack of lighting and heat. Even traffic lights could briefly be powered down. Europe has spent months preparing for a winter without...

How smallpox inoculation united America

Government responsibility for public health shaped the fledgling nation’s concepts of freedom. You have full access to this article via your institution. The Contagion of Liberty: The Politics of Smallpox in the American Revolution Andrew M. Wehrman Johns Hopkins Univ. Press (2022) It took some work to convince the...
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Horses were in North America before Europeans. Don't tell Tucker Carlson.

Work by Dr. Yvette Running Horse Collin challenges centuries of natural history, the historiography of the continent, and origin stories of the United States. Collin's dissertation, toward her doctorate in Indigenous Studies from the University of Alaska at Fairbanks, is titled "The Relationship Between the Indigenous Peoples of the Americas and the Horse: Deconstructing a Eurocentric Myth."

Morocco vs Spain: Predictions, tips & betting odds

These two attacking sides are likely to play out a goal-filled encounter as they both look for a place in the last eight in Qatar. Spain face Morocco on Tuesday afternoon at Education City stadium in the last 16 of the World Cup with La Roja the favourites to make it through to the quarter finals.

World Cup Last 16: Today’s Schedule, Vegas Odds, and Preview (Dec 5)

Two more Round of Last 16 games set for today. Brazil strong betting favorires to reach quarter-finals. Today’s World Cup schedule includes all you need to know on two Round of Last 16 knockout games between Japan vs Croatia and Brazil vs South Korea. Jump to:. All four teams...

Eurozone retail sales fall by 1.8% in October - Eurostat -- Eurozone retail sales dropped sharply and by more than expected in October, according to new data on Monday from the European Commission's statistics arm, in a sign that Europeans may be reeling in spending as living costs rise. Retail sales in the currency area fell by 1.8% during...

Eurozone retail sales drop sharply in October

The declining trend in retail sales continued at the start of the fourth quarter after a brief uptick in September. The drop of 1.8% month-on-month was broad-based. We saw declines for both food and non-food retail trade with only fuel sales ticking up. We saw a broad-based decline by country, too. Germany and France both experienced drops of almost 3% while the Netherlands saw a small dip. Spain was the exception among bigger countries with an increase of 0.4%.