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    12/19/2014 10:35 PM EST
    Saturday, Dec. 20 Saturday Night Hanukkah Party BENNINGTON >> Congregation Beth El, 107 Adams St., will hold a Hanukkah part on Saturday, Dec. 20, at 6:30 p.m. Kindle the spirit of the Festival of Lights with music, latkes, stories, and activities for kids. Great food, great music, great people! 
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    Lawsuit shows resistance to legalization of pot
    12/19/2014 10:34 PM EST - DENVER >> Despite growing public support for legalizing marijuana, a lawsuit filed by Nebraska and Oklahoma shows that at least two segments of American society are prepared to fight the idea before the nation's highest court — social conservatives and law enforcement. The lawsuit seeks to overturn Colorado's experiment in legalized recreational pot, alleging that the two conservative Full Story

    Little-known 1998 book by pope outlines views, hopes for Cuba
    12/19/2014 10:27 PM EST - Associated Press VATICAN CITY (AP) — A little-known book about Cuba by Jorge Mario Bergoglio — now Pope Francis — provides new insight into his views on Cuban society, Marxism and the U.S. trade embargo that helped inform his behind-the-scenes role in helping bring about the historic thaw in U. Full Story

    A century later, mythic thud of ball still heard
    12/12/2014 09:58 PM EST - PLOEGSTEERT >> On the side of a wind-swept field covered with scorpion weed, a simple wooden cross marks a unique event in football history. At its base, amid wreaths of poppies, lie a smattering of balls and various club pennants, all in remembrance of the Christmas Truce of 1914. A century ago on Christmas Day, German and British enemies left their World War I trenches and headed into no Full Story

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    12/12/2014 09:58 PM EST - Saturday, Dec. 13 Advent TaizĂ© service ARLINGTON >> An Advent TaizĂ© service will be offered on Saturday, Dec. 13, at 7 p.m. at St. James' Episcopal Church. This will be a warm and informal service of music and prayer offering a chance to slow down in the midst of the hectic holiday season, and quiet the soul. Full Story

    Pope Francis says animals go to heaven
    12/12/2014 01:00 PM EST - Top Catholic comforts boy during address at St. Peter’s Square by saying that paradise is open to all creatures. Full Story

    Mindfulness helps teens cope with stress, anxiety
    12/05/2014 10:25 PM EST - PORTLAND, ORE. >> As the morning school bell rings and students rush through crowded corridors, teenagers in one Portland classroom settle onto mats and meditation pillows. They fall silent after the teacher taps a Tibetan "singing bowl." "Allow yourself to settle into the experience of being here, in this moment," teacher Caverly Morgan tells two dozen students at Wilson High School. Full Story

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    12/05/2014 10:24 PM EST - SUNDAY, DEC. 7 St. Peter's Episcopal Church worship and events BENNINGTON >> The Rev. Justin Lanier will preside as St. Peter's Episcopal Church celebrates the Holy Eucharist using the Book of Common Prayer on this the second Sunday of Advent. At 8 a.m., the Eucharist will be celebrated using Rite I. Full Story

    France agrees to compensate Holocaust deportees
    12/05/2014 10:23 PM EST - PARIS >> Thousands of Holocaust survivors and family members in the United States and elsewhere will be entitled to compensation from a $60 million French-U.S. fund announced Friday — reparations to those deported by France's state rail company SNCF during the Nazi occupation. As part of the deal, the U. Full Story

    Evangelicals with gay children challenging the church
    11/28/2014 09:52 PM EST - Rob and Linda Robertson did what they believed was expected of them as good Christians. When their 12-year-old son Ryan said he was gay, they told him they loved him, but he had to change. He entered "reparative therapy," met regularly with his pastor and immersed himself in Bible study and his church youth group. Full Story

    Man without use of arms facing gun charge released

    TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — A man who can't use his arms because of a spinal condition but faces a gun possession charge has been released from a New Jersey jail without having to pay bail. Full Story
    9 films advance in Oscars shortlist for best foreign film

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — The list of contenders for best foreign film got a bit smaller Friday as the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences announced the nine features that will advance to the next round of voting. Full Story