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Progress Made on Outages in Greater Grand Rapids and Across Michigan [Video]

Saturday afternoon update: Restoration work continues for Consumers Energy customers impacted by last weekend’s devastating ice storm and those affected by ice melting off trees and equipment from Friday’s and today’s warmer weather.

As of 11:30 a.m. Saturday, about 18,000 Consumers Energy customers remained without service, including 3,667 in Barry County and 468 in Ionia County. Since noon Dec. 21, the storm has caused 409,000 outages, or about 23 percent of the utility’s 1.8 million electric customers.

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Consumers Energy Fixing Power Outages in Greater Grand Rapids, West Michigan

This will remembered as the Christmas without power for many.

FRIDAY MORNING UPDATE: As of 4:30 a.m. Friday, 52,000 Consumers Energy customers were without electricity. Since noon Saturday, the winter storm caused more than 377,000 outages across Michigan.

Among the counties most affected by the outages still are Kent, with 313 customers without power; Barry, 6,754; Ionia, 1,909; Kalamazoo, 187; and Calhoun, 739.

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Say ‘Merry Christmas’ in 24 Languages [Video]

Merry Christmas.

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Power Restoration Continues in Greater Grand Rapids, West Michigan [Video]

Despite some extra efforts, Christmas is a powerless holiday for many in greater Grand Rapids and across West Michigan because of snow, cold and the lingering effects of a weekend ice storm, officials said Tuesday.

More than 152,000 electricity customers of Consumers Energy were without power headed into Tuesday evening.

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A Look at How the Rest of the World Celebrates Christmas

Christmas traditions around the world can be quite different from what we’re used to at home here in the United States.

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5 Scary, Creepy and Unsettling Things About Christmas

Christmas is the time of giving and families, but it also has a darker side.

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Dog’s Christmas Present? Water Bottles!

Christmas is just a few days away.  What to get your family?  What to get your kids?

What about the DOG? The owners of this little guy got him the perfect gift(s). Empty water bottles. 210 of them

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NORAD Tracks Santa Claus! [Video]

Santa Claus is getting ready for his annual Christmas Eve jaunt across the globe, bringing toys to all the good girls and boys.

The North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) is again helping make certain the trip is safe for the jolly old elf. NORAD is the U.S. and Canadian military combining forces to assist Santa Claus, and is tracking Santa Claus on his Christmas Eve journey across the globe.

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Family’s ‘Xmas Jammies’ Video Christmas Card Will Make You Feel Completely Inferior [VIDEO]

Once the holidays roll around, you can expect to see an influx of updates from loved ones in your mailbox. This year, instead of taking the traditional approach (and kill a bunch of trees in the process), one family decided to take advantage of a little thing called the Internet and shoot a video recap of its 2013. 

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‘A Christmas Story’ Pole-Licking Scene Performed on N.Y. Subway [VIDEO]

You know the movie 'A Christmas Story,' right? ("You'll shoot your eye out!") Well, the street-theater group Improv Everywhere decided to re-create the scene where Ralphie and Schwartz watch as Flick gets his tongue stuck on a flagpole—except they didn't do it on a playground, they did it on a New York City subway.

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Salvation Army Christmas Campaign Begins Friday

The Salvation Army of Kent County will be celebrating the beginning of the 2013 Christmas Campaign with two events on Friday, November 15, in an effort to increase public awareness and support for a $1.75 million Christmas Campaign goal – a $50,000 increase over last year’s $1.7 million goal. The donations collected during the campaign will be used to meet the overall needs of the organization’s clients which are projected to increase during this Christmas season.

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Toys for Tots Registration has Begun

It began in 1947 because a Marine Corp reservist, Major Bill Hendricks and his wife Diane, couldn't find any organization to donate toys to for children in need.  The rest, as they say, is history. Today, over 500 million new, unwrapped toys have been donated for needy children.

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