And that means families can find plenty of dazzling displays after dark.
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A teenager is in stable but critical condition after his bicycle collided with a moving vehicle.
All signs are pointing to a man acting on his own and not as part of any terrorist of jihadist organization.
Australian police sources say the suspect was Iranian immigrant who had a very troubled criminal past.
His name: Man Haron Monis. On his website he went by the name of Sheik Haron.
Haron was apparently out on bail, facing charges in Australia on at least a dozen sexual assault cases.
He was also found guilty in 2012 for writing and mailing hate letters to the families of at least eight Australian soldiers killed in the line of duty in Afghanistan.
He also faced charges in connection with the murder of his ex-wife.
Jed and Joe Jameson love the game of football, but one of them had to give it up.
Jed suffered concussions twice in a short amount of time.
A third would have meant he was done with high school sports for good.
But he wasn't only impacted on the field.
"I worked a lot slower, like I wasn't writing as fast," he said. "Some things, it felt like I couldn't remember. And then some problems I couldn't do."
Monday, Dec. 15, was the last day to send things out as standard mail to have an expected delivery of Christmas Eve.
It's the busiest day of the year for the Postal Service, which expected to process 640 million pieces of mail - a 5 percent increase over last year.
Two firefighters suffered injuries battling a blaze early Sunday morning at a house converted into apartments.
Health coach Petra has been touring the West Coast, and Sunday she made a stop at Ray's Food Place in Veneta.
She said she's inspiring people to take back their health.
An 18-year-old student at the Chemawa Indian School in Salem collapsed in her room early this morning and medical personnel were unable to be resuscitate her.
A young Tumwater woman has 2 wishes this Christmas. She recently learned she was cancer-free. Now she's asking for the public's help to fulfill her other wish of giving back to the Ronald McDonald House, which is about 2 blocks north of Seattle Children's Hospital, in a unique way.
Marcus Mariota put up nearly flawless numbers this season in leading Oregon to a spot in the first College Football Playoff.
At the College Football Awards Show on Thursday night, he went a perfect 3 for 3.
On Saturday night, he won college football's most prestigious honor for an individual player: the Heisman trophy.
Police arrested a Veneta woman Saturday in connection with a fatal hit-and-run crash in Springfield that killed a man visiting from Mexico as he crossed Main Street with his son on Thursday.