National parks that remain open during the shutdown are operating with severely limited staff and resources.
Hal Vaughan's trip was doubly special because he was recovering from a broken neck.
The Paradise resident became an addiction counselor after serving her jail time.
"If you would have see what we had to go through in the darkened plane with all window closed with no light anywhere," Trump said. "Pitch black."
The passengers were delayed by about 11 hours, according to an airline spokesperson.
The girl's mother and 7-year-old brother were killed by her father in a domestic dispute on December 16.
"And he is a little like Colonel Kurtz, surrounding himself by crazy people in the jungle talking about crazy stuff," former Clinton spokesman Joe Lockhart told CNN Wednesday.
Several stores have instituted extended holiday return policies that begin on December 26.
"Merry Christmas everyone - here's to a holiday filled with happiness, family, and love for all people. (Including refugee babies in mangers + their parents.)" the Democratic congresswoman-elect wrote.
"It's a disgrace what's happening in our country, but other than that I wish everybody a very merry Christmas," the president said.
"With the tsunami, we can only pray humbly and not celebrate much for this year's Christmas," Pastor Rusman Anita Sitorus said.
President Donald Trump used his Christmas morning call with U.S. troops abroad to reiterate his commitment to his partial government shutdown, adding that federal workers "want the wall."
"In fact, as another year ends, I'm left wondering: Will 'Christian conservative' be an oxymoron in 2019?"
"Christmas is a day of meaning and traditions, a special day spent in the warm circle of family and friends."
No matter where you are in the U.S., you can get your coffee fix on Christmas Day.
The video does not portray the U.S. president as very bright.
Instead of fretting about the small things this holiday season, reflect on these holiday quotes for a reminder of what Christmas is really about.
Regional experts also predicted that Russia may look to take advantage of the uncertainty created by James Mattis's resignation as President Trump's defense secretary.