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Because they are sap-heavy trees, evergreens tend to burn hot and fast, making them ideal for bonfires. If you have a safe place for an outdoor fire, like a fire pit, dry out your Christmas tree clippings to use for kindling to get your fire roaring.

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Ash Wednesday is today, Feb. 26. It marks the first day of Lent in Western churches. The ashes symbolize penance and the dust from which God made people.

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Christians celebrate Palm Sunday as Jesus' arrival in Jerusalem prior to his crucifixion.

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People have different ways to honor their pets. Cremation is the most common choice, and the ashes can be stored in a vase in your home or dispersed over a favorite area of your lost pet. Some choose burial at a pet cemetery or on their own property.

Guatemala's Volcano of Fire erupted over the weekend, spewing deadly clouds and rivers of ash and pulverized rock. Some questions and answers about the volcano:

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A fiery volcanic eruption in south-central Guatemala sent lava flowing into homes, killing at least 25 as rescuers struggled to reach people where homes and roads were charred and blanketed with ash.

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