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Pope wishes Christmas hope and peace for Mideast

Pope wishes Christmas hope and peace for Mideast

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis focused his concern on those weeping in the world this Christmas, singling out refugees, hostages and others …

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China tightens church control ahead of Christmas

China tightens church control ahead of Christmas

BEIJING (AP) — Two days before Christmas, members of a rural Christian congregation in eastern China welded pieces of metal into a cross and h…

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10 fresh ways to improve a mug of cocoa

10 fresh ways to improve a mug of cocoa

Christmas Eve just seems to cry out for cozy cups of hot cocoa.

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New on DVD

New on DVD

“The Good Lie” (PG-13, 110 minutes, Warner): The video cover prominently features Reese Witherspoon’s smiling face, but this isn’t just anothe…

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Look to the east for bright constellations in the Christmas sky

Find some of the brightest and most spectacular constellations above the eastern horizon.

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Blondies are brownies' yummy, nonchocolate brethren

Blondies are brownies' yummy, nonchocolate brethren

This blondie recipe is also an excellent bar-cookie base.

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Take comfort in an almost effortless onion soup

Take comfort in an almost effortless onion soup

Talk about a vegetable that’s everywhere. The humble onion is one of the most common aromatic vegetables, popping up in so many ways across so…

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Tips for an effortless New Year's Eve party

Tips for an effortless New Year's Eve party

A quide to an easy and happy New Year party

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Pope celebrates Christmas Eve Mass and calls Iraqi refugees

Pope celebrates Christmas Eve Mass and calls Iraqi refugees

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis celebrated Christmas Eve with a late-night Mass Wednesday in St. Peter's Basilica and a phone call to some Ir…

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Text of Pope Francis' homily during Christmas Eve Mass

VATICAN CITY (AP) — The Vatican's official English-language translation of Pope Francis' prepared homily, to be delivered in Italian, during C…

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On pope visit checklist: lots of communion wafers

On pope visit checklist: lots of communion wafers

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A quick look at the to-do list of a city preparing for a papal visit:

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Religion news in brief

Religion news in brief

Graham ministry tells the rest of Louis Zamperini's story

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Quirky add-ons a common feature of celebrity homes

Quirky add-ons a common feature of celebrity homes

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Actor Mark Wahlberg's Los Angeles mansion has a putting green. Tech billionaire Bill Gates' Medina, Washington, abode inclu…

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NORAD tracks when Santa Claus is comin' to town

NORAD tracks when Santa Claus is comin' to town

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) — Volunteers at the North American Aerospace Defense Command are getting ready to monitor Santa Claus as he makes…

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Church-based institutions ponder same-sex benefits

SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) — Universities, charities and hospitals affiliated with churches that oppose same-sex marriage are facing the thorny que…

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Pope pens letter to comfort, encourage Mideast Christians

Pope pens letter to comfort, encourage Mideast Christians

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis is urging Mideast Christians to remain in the land of Christ's birth, despite the "previously unimaginable" a…

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Poll: Cards, gifts cross religious lines

Poll: Cards, gifts cross religious lines

WASHINGTON (AP) — Christmastime is here and a new poll reveals the cards and gifts that are part of celebrating the holiday are ubiquitous, ev…

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Seek the savory side of chocolate in the new year

Seek the savory side of chocolate in the new year

While I still pay attention to what I eat during the holidays, I nonetheless allow plenty of small splurges. And those splurges mostly can be …

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Ask Amy: Annual charity roundup

Ask Amy: Annual charity roundup

Advice for the real world.

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Pope in blistering critique of Vatican bureaucrats

Pope in blistering critique of Vatican bureaucrats

VATICAN CITY (AP) — To the Catholic Church's "seven deadly sins," Pope Francis has added the "15 ailments of the Curia."

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German bishops signal opening for some divorcees

BERLIN (AP) — The head of the German Bishops' Conference says German bishops support allowing divorced and civilly remarried Catholics to rece…

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A list of Pope Francis' 15 "Ailments of the Curia"

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis listed 15 "ailments" of the Vatican Curia during his annual Christmas greetings to the cardinals, bishops and…

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A digital holiday or not; lower-back pain and sex

A digital holiday or not; lower-back pain and sex

Dr. Michael Roizen and Dr. Mehmet Oz answer readers' questions weekly.

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Protective measures to keep those peepers healthy

Protective measures to keep those peepers healthy

Smart steps to protect your eyes from leading causes of vision loss.

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Valley fever drug from UA on fast track

Valley fever drug from UA on fast track

Nikkomycin Z is expected to work on people, dogs.

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Hax: Thinking of ranking gifts? Consider child's perspective

Hax: Thinking of ranking gifts? Consider child's perspective

At 7, younger child won't understand your relationship with older child.

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Churches offer Christmas services

A list of Christmas services submitted by local congregations. 

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Marketplace Ministries answers a higher workplace calling

Marketplace Ministries answers a higher workplace calling

Marketplace Ministries Inc. offers workplace chaplains to companies.

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A touch of love: Tucson church gives free spa day

A touch of love: Tucson church gives free spa day

Grace St. Paul's Episcopal Church loves its neighbors with free spa day. 

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Log on and dig in: gardening lessons online

Log on and dig in: gardening lessons online

A trip around the Internet can help you find information about gardening in Tucson.

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With value at stake, repairs can do more harm than good

With value at stake, repairs can do more harm than good

Q: Is it worthwhile to take my 16-inch Pairpoint lamp to an expert to have the shade repaired?

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Focus on connections this holiday season

Focus on connections this holiday season

Connections are inborn; children have to be taught about differences. 

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Young designer sews dance-worthy clothes

Young designer sews dance-worthy clothes

At 14, she's stepping into the fashion world.

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Santa is more than a right jolly old elf

Santa is more than a right jolly old elf

Ah Christmas, the most frantic, festive time of year.

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Shopping resale for holiday can be done

Shopping resale for holiday can be done

Second-hand gift giving doesn't have to be second-rate.

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Walking on tile roof can cause it to crack

Walking on tile roof can cause it to crack

Stringing Christmas lights are not worth the damage or injury you risk by climbing on your roof tile.

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Helping immigrants acclimate, be empowered

Helping immigrants acclimate, be empowered

Some of the library's most well-attended programs are English language classes, but customers can borrow CDs to learn how to speak English. 

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Saving your citrus tree

Saving your citrus tree

Q: I saw your newspaper column and wondered if you could help me. A year ago I lost a grapefruit tree. It started with one branch rotting and …

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Coronado Forest passes available for purchase online

Passes for Coronado National Forest sites are now available for purchase online.

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Franciscan religious order in 'grave' financial crisis

ROME (AP) — The main Franciscan religious order in the Roman Catholic Church is in a financial crisis because of alleged wrongdoing from withi…

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Little-known book by pope outlines views, hopes for Cuba

Little-known book by pope outlines views, hopes for Cuba

VATICAN CITY (AP) — A little-known book about Cuba by Jorge Mario Bergoglio — now Pope Francis — provides new insight into his views on Cuban …

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Spouse has a history of dishonesty? Life your life honestly

Spouse has a history of dishonesty? Life your life honestly

Don't assume you have marriage of honesty and fidelity unless and until you get evidence otherwise.

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Pope boosts Rome's 2024 bid but warns: 'I won't be around'

Pope boosts Rome's 2024 bid but warns: 'I won't be around'

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis has given a papal thumbs up to Rome's bid for the 2024 Summer Olympics amid talk that the Vatican might host …

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Nandi notebook: 4 months with Tucson's pretty pachyderm

Nandi notebook: 4 months with Tucson's pretty pachyderm

An update on Nandi the elephant as she approaches 4 months. 

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