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In Britain, A Christmas Tradition Of Slapstick And Silliness

Thu, 2014-12-25 12:16

For centuries, British families have celebrated the Christmas season by attending "pantomimes," silly musical comedies of stories such as Aladdin and Cinderella. The tradition is alive and well today.

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For Venezuela, Drop In Global Oil Prices Could Be Catastrophic

Thu, 2014-12-25 12:16

The South American nation is home to the world's largest oil reserves and earns most of its foreign reserves from oil. It faced a deep economic crisis even before petroleum prices began their plunge.

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Low Gas Prices Predicted For 2015 And Beyond

Thu, 2014-12-25 12:16

Prices at the pump have dipped below $2 a gallon in some parts of the country this month, with average prices more than one-third lower than this summer. Analysts say that trend is likely to continue.

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Employers Help Legal Immigrants On Path To Citizenship

Thu, 2014-12-25 12:16

Some firms are helping their legal immigrant employees by bringing citizenship workshops and legal assistance to the jobsite. About 100 companies in seven cities are participating in the program.

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What Would Jesus Drink? A Class Exploring Ancient Wines Asks

Thu, 2014-12-25 12:16

The details of wine and winemaking practices in biblical times are debated among experts. But we do know that vino in Christ's day was very different from what we imbibe today.

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Why Bury Fig Trees? A Curious Tradition Preserves A Taste Of Italy

Thu, 2014-12-25 12:16

For generations, Italian-American fig growers in the Northeast have buried their trees in trenches for the winter. It's a tradition that preserves both flavor and ancestral ties to southern Italy.

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Where Ebola Has Closed Schools, A Radio Program Provides A Faint Signal Of Hope

Thu, 2014-12-25 12:16

1.5 million children are out of school in Liberia. It's possible kids may not return to class until spring.

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Father Of Jordanian Pilot Held By ISIS Issues Plea For His Release

Thu, 2014-12-25 11:33

The father of 26-year-old Flight Lt. Moaz al-Kaseasbeh, urged his son's Islamic State captors to treat him well and set him free because "we are all Muslims."

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After 522 Years, Spain Seeks To Make Amends For Expulsion Of Jews

Thu, 2014-12-25 08:11

Spain's monarchy decimated the Jewish population by expelling, killing or forcibly converting Jews in 1492. Now the country is offering their descendants Spanish citizenship.

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Sierra Leone Puts North On Lockdown Amid Ebola Spread

Thu, 2014-12-25 06:59

The country that has been hardest-hit by the ongoing outbreak of the deadly virus, has shut down shops, markets and most travel in the north.

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Peaceful Protests In Missouri After Latest Police Shooting

Thu, 2014-12-25 05:55

A few hundred gathered for a vigil and march for 18-year-old Antonio Martin, who was fatally shot by a police officer on Tuesday.

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Pope Francis: 'Many Tears This Christmas'

Thu, 2014-12-25 04:46

In his annual Christmas Day blessing, the pontiff condemned killing in Iraq, Syria and Pakistan and the "brutal persecution" of religious and ethnic minorities.

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NYPD Sorts Out Threats, Plans Funerals For Liu And Ramos

Thu, 2014-12-25 04:10

Police in New York City are monitoring threats made against officers and are upping security at some stationhouses.

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'The Interview' Gets Nationwide Theatrical Release

Thu, 2014-12-25 03:36

Nearly 300 independent theaters are showing the comedy, which Sony Pictures had originally pulled following threats. The studio is also showing the movie on streaming services.

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Ebola Survivor: "You Feel Like ... Maybe ... A Ghost"

Thu, 2014-12-25 03:03

Outside St. Joseph's Catholic Hospital in Liberia, Dr. Senga Omeonga muses over the weeks he spent at an Ebola ward — not as a doctor, but as a patient. He says the experience was life-changing.

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Unexpected Life Found In The Ocean's Deepest Trench

Wed, 2014-12-24 23:34

An expedition to the Pacific's Mariana Trench has found evidence that life exists miles below the surface. But it's not life as we know it.

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Christmas Tree Farmers Invest Long-Term In The Holiday Spirit

Wed, 2014-12-24 23:29

Americans buy 25 million Christmas trees every year. They're slow-growing crops, but the trees can be a smart investment for small farmers like the Carroll family in Louisa, Va.

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The French Go Crazy For 'An American In Paris'

Wed, 2014-12-24 23:28

The first-ever stage production of the 1951 Hollywood film starring Gene Kelly and Leslie Caron, with a Gershwin score, is getting rave reviews during its premiere in the city that inspired it.

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Inside The Indiana Megadairy Making Coca-Cola's New Milk

Wed, 2014-12-24 23:27

Coca-Cola got a lot of attention in November when it announced it was going into the milk business. In fact, its extra-nutritious milk product was invented by some dairy farmers in Indiana.

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Pope Francis And His Gift For Blending The Spiritual And The Political

Wed, 2014-12-24 23:26

Despite detractors within the church, Pope Francis' emphasis on humility and mercy has won him strong support worldwide. He has addressed thorny issues such as Vatican finances and clerical sex abuse.

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