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Israel seeks to make wine that Jesus drank

Ariel University seeks to recreate biblical era wine (Credit: Ariel University via Facebook)Marawi is a white wine produced by Recanati Winery in Israel. According to The New York Times, it is "crisp" and "acidic." It is also aged 1,800 years, in a manner of speaking.

Israeli researchers are using DNA testing and archaeological research to identify grape seeds indigenous to their region. They found a reference in the Babylonian Talmud that helped them narrow their work further. Now they have created a wine they believe was in use around AD 220. They plan to continue working until they have produced wines that Jesus and King David would have used.

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Church's $700 tip shocks pizza deliveryman

Pizza deliveryman, Jeff Louis, poses for a photo with Ken Wright, pastor of Life Point Church, after the church congregation tipped Louis $700 after a Sunday morning deliverly, Mentor, Ohio, November 22, 2015 (Credit: Life Point Church)Jeff Louis had to go to work early. The pizza deliveryman was called in to take a Sunday morning order to Life Point Church in Mentor, Ohio. He had no idea what would happen when he arrived. Neither did the church.

It started with Pastor Ken Wright, who had an idea: "Let's tip him $100. It's the holiday season." But others in the congregation joined in, giving over $700. Shocked, Louis later made a YouTube video in which he said, "It truly amazes me that people who don't even know me just wanted to help me out that much." The story has now made national headlines.

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The surprising reason today is 'Black Friday'

On Black Friday in 2010, Buy More Stuff campaigners were out in force with signs at the Seattle Westlake Shopping Center, Seattle, Washington, November 26, 2010  (Credit: John Henderson via Flickr)Why is today "Black Friday"? I always thought the day was so named because it helps retailers end the year in "the black." It turns out, we have the Philadelphia police department to thank.

In the early 1960s, it coined the term to describe this annual shopping frenzy. Traffic flooded the streets each year, forcing policemen to work twelve-hour shifts. They invented the title in response. It is not a term of endearment.

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NYC police chief's grandkids to attend Thanksgiving parade

Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade 2014 - turkey float with two pilgrims atop it as seen from Bryant Park at the corner of West 41st Street and 6th Ave, New York City, November 27, 2014 (Credit: S Pakhrin via Flickr)Around 3.5 million people are expected to fill the streets of New York City for today's Thanksgiving Day Parade. An extra 1,300 counter-terrorism and crowd-control police officers are being deployed.

However, authorities state that there is no specific threat against the city. Police commissioner Bill Bratton is so convinced the parade will be peaceful that he is flying in his three- and five-year-old grandchildren from Los Angeles, and will watch the parade with them.

They are two of nearly forty-seven million people expected to travel this holiday season nationwide.

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Newborn baby found in nativity scene

A full-term newborn baby boy, who was swaddled in purple towels and abandoned in the nativity inside the Holy Child Jesus Church in Richmond Hill in Queens, was found by Jose Moran, the church custodian just after lunch on Monday, November 23, 2015 (Credit: Father Christopher Heanue of Holy Child Jesus Church) A newborn baby is making national news this Thanksgiving Eve morning. The boy, with his umbilical cord still attached, was found in a nativity scene at a church in New York City. "The church is considered a safe haven for dropoffs," the priest later explained.

The child was taken to a nearby hospital. According to the priest, "There are families within the parish who have inquired as to adopting the baby already. They feel that he was left in the parish and should stay in the parish." The name of the congregation: Holy Child Jesus Church.

Is there a better name for a church?

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