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Nativity features Trayvon Martin instead of Jesus

CLAREMONT, Calif. (AP) — A Southern California church nativity scene is featuring a bloody Trayvon Martin in place of the infant Jesus in an effort to stir a community conversation about gun violence. The nativity scene on the lawn of the Claremont United Methodist Church — which shows Martin in ...

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“Hobbit,” “Frozen” lead box office to record year

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Over the bustling post-Christmas weekend, Peter Jackson’s “The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug” continued to lead the box office, landing in the No. 1 slot for the third weekend in a row. The Warner Bros. prequel earned $30 million, bringing the domestic gross to $190.3 million, ...

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A&E reverses decision on ‘Duck Dynasty’ patriarch

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A&E landed in the middle of America’s culture wars when “Duck Dynasty” patriarch Phil Robertson sounded off on gays and the Bible. The channel quickly found there was no safe ground. It was pilloried for allowing a man who equated gays with hell-bound sinners like adulterers ...

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Britney Spears’ Las Vegas residency a departure

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Britney Spears has begun her early retirement in Las Vegas with a show that looks strikingly like the eye-popping Cirque du Soleil productions found elsewhere on the Strip. The debut of Spears’ long-term casino gig Friday kept an audience of about 4,500 on their feet for ...

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Crews restore segregated railcar for museum

Associated Press   STERNS, Ky. (AP) — Work crews are putting the finishing touches on a restored Southern Railways “Jim Crow” car that will be moved to the Smithsonian. The Lexington Herald Leader (http://bit.ly/1aAGQlU) reports work by Wyoming-based Wasatch Railroad Contractors was done in a warehouse maintenance facility in southern ...

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Stock indexes hit milestones before slipping back

Associated Press   NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. stock market indexes are hitting major round-number milestones. The Dow Jones industrial average crossed 16,000 for the first time early Monday. The Standard & Poor’s 500 rose past 1,800, then dipped slightly. At midday, the Dow was up 40 points, or 0.3 ...

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