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  • For town made famous by 'Erin Brockovich,' a toxic sequel?

    For town made famous by 'Erin Brockovich,' a toxic sequel?

    Hinkley, Calif., battled pollution of its ground water by chromium 6 in the 1990s – a case that inspired 'Erin Brockovich.' Now the substance has escaped its containment barrier.

  • Taliban Christmas trees, Bethlehem disco carols, and other yuletide tales from the Monitor's vault

    Taliban Christmas trees, Bethlehem disco carols, and other yuletide tales from the Monitor's vault

    The Monitor's correspondents around the world have shared some great Christmas stories over the years – from cradles of Christianity, such as Bethlehem, and from less likely places, such as China, Afghanistan, and Cairo. Click through the slides for highlights of past years' holiday coverage.

  • Iraqi Christians face a somber Christmas

    Global News Blog Iraqi Christians face a somber Christmas

    Iraqi Christians are canceling services or scaling back celebrations out of concern for safety. Baghdad's Our Lady of Salvation church, which was brutally attacked on Oct. 31, is now surrounded by blast walls.

  • Photos of the Day Photos of the day 12/21

    Astrid, a two week-old Red Lechwe calf, walks with her keeper at Chester Zoo in Chester, northern England on Dec. 21. The calf is being hand-reared by keepers at the zoo after being abandoned by its mother, and will be spending Christmas at a keepers house.

  • Photos of the Day Photos of the day 12/20

    A group of elderly Chinese women wearing Christmas hats take a dip in the icy waters on a frozen river in Shenyang, northeastern China's Liaoning province on Dec. 20. Winter swimming is especially popular amongst the elderly and retired as it's believed to benefit health, and also said to increase the level of mental awareness, and release stress.

  • In Pictures Holiday helpers

    Golden State Warriors' Monta Ellis (r.) hands out boxes of food and sundries to needy families in Oakland, Calif., on Dec. 16. Mr. Ellis and teammate Stephen Curry are joining with international hunger relief organization Feed The Children to provide 800 local families with boxes of food and personal care items.

  • Santa Claus? Yes and no, Virginia.

    Editor's Blog Santa Claus? Yes and no, Virginia.

    More than a century ago Francis Pharcellus Church, an editor at the old New York Sun, answered young Virginia O'Hanlon's question about Santa Claus. Wonder what he'd say today?

  • War on Christmas? What war on Christmas?

    The Vote War on Christmas? What war on Christmas?

    The 'war on Christmas' seems to feature annual skirmishes over greetings and holiday displays. This year it flared up briefly when lawmakers complained of being made to work through Dec. 25.

  • Egg nog tres leches cake

    Stir It Up! Egg nog tres leches cake

    A clever use of egg nog for a sweet holiday treat.

  • Photos of the Day Photos of the Day 12/15

    A young monk holds a traditional parasol as he waits for the arrival of Tibet's exiled Buddhist spiritual leader, the Dalai Lama, in Pemayangtse monastery in Pelling in India's Himalayan state of Sikkim. The Dalai Lama is in Sikkim, which borders China, as Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao begins his three-day visit to New Delhi.