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Monday, December 22, 2014
Calligraphers cry foul as Vatican closes scrollmakers
Rino Pensa and son have been making papal parchments for decades, crafting hand-painted blessing scrolls in Italy that are purchased by the faithful around the world to celebrate marriages, baptisms and anniversaries.
'The Hobbit' wraps it up with a disappointing Middle-earth melee
With a sum total of 1,032 minutes, Peter Jackson's six J.R.R. Tolkien films have earned more than US$5 billion worldwide. They have made New Zealand synonymous with Middle-earth. And they have slaughtered enough orcs to constitute genocide.
Christmas — Anyone walking into a shopping mall is welcomed by an orgy of festive cheer: shop windows are bedecked with plastic Christmas trees, garlands and baubles, while the strains of “Jingle Bells” fill the air.
Sunday, December 21, 2014
Mandy Rice-Davies, a key figure in the “Profumo Affair,” a sex-and-politics scandal that rocked Cold War Britain, has died at age 70.
Vatican lit up by hope and love before Christmas
The Christmas lights came on at the Vatican Friday, sending out what Pope Francis described as a message of “light, hope and love” at the end of an extraordinary year for the Catholic Church.
Londoners flock to early hours disco before work
At dawn before commuting to his job in London's business district Canary Wharf, 26-year-old Nathaniel Hone joins hundreds of revelers at a dance party fueled only by coffee and smoothies.
Up for a good long listen? Check out the Associated Press' top albums of 2014 list:
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.
Associated Press announces top 10 movies of '14
The top 10 films of 2014, according to AP Film Writer Jake Coyle:
The Smashing Pumpkins are dead. Long live the Smashing Pumpkins.
  
  
  
  
  
  
  
  
  
  
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