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Rapture Or Not, Promise To Care For Pets Stands

On May 21, the world was supposed to end — at least according to one Christian evangelist — and an Atheist businessman cashed in. For $135, Bart Centre promised to care for your cat or horse or potbellied pig in the event that you were raptured. Centre says only a few customers asked for refunds when the rapture didn't happen and he is still offering his service for the next prediction.
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A Jewish Perspective On The New Testament

The New Testament is constantly being re-interpreted from a variety of perspectives — from feminists, to socialists, to traditionalists; there's even a version as seen through the prism of Star Wars. Now you can add to the collection The Jewish Annotated New Testament, the first annotated version of the New Testament from an entirely Jewish point of view.
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Maryland Landlord Gives Voice To Abortion Rights Supporters

Feeling harassed by the aggressive tactics of anti-abortion activists, the landlord of a Maryland abortion clinic fought back by starting an organization of his own.

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Making Latkes With A Twist

Lynn Neary talks about how to make pear latkes with Jessie Price, food editor for Eating Well magazine.
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The NBA Is Bullish On Christmas, By Necessity

In 2010, Phil Jackson, then the coach of the Los Angeles Lakers, complained about the NBA's scheduling of games on Christmas Day. It seemed, he said, that "Christian holidays don't mean anything" any longer. With its season shortened, the NBA can't afford to skip the holiday this year.
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Prominent Iowa Conservative Backs Santorum

The Family Leader, an influential social conservative organization based in Iowa, has decided to remain neutral in the race for the Republican presidential nomination. But the group's founder, Bob Vander Plaats, surprised many political observers Tuesday by throwing his support to former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum.
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Vatican Declares Boy's Recovery A 'Miracle'

On Monday, the Vatican declared a boy's recovery from a flesh-eating bacterium a miracle, brought about by Kateri Tekakwitha, a Native American woman who lived 350 years ago and was beatified by the church. The declaration means she is likely to become the first Native American saint.

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