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Influence of churches, once dominant, now waning in South

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Prayers said and the closing hymn sung, tea-drinking churchgoers fill Marble City Grill for Sunday lunch. But hard on their heels comes the afternoon crowd: craft beer-drinking, NFL-watching football fans. Such a scene would have been impossible just months ago because Sunday alcohol sales were long illegal in Sylacauga, hometown of both the actor who played TV’s Gomer Pyle and the white marble used to construct the U.S. Supreme Court building. While the central Alabama city of 12,700 has only one…

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Jeb Bush open to letting in properly vetted Syrian Muslims

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Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush is making it clearer that his call for the U.S. refugee program to give preference to Christians fleeing Syria does not exclude Muslims. His campaign says Bush supports accepting women and children regardless of their religion and does not exclude Syrian Muslims broadly, as long as the refugees can be effectively vetted. President Barack Obama has rebuked what he called a “shameful” religious test in the refugee policies of some Republican candidates. Both Bush and…

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Starbucks touts Christmas coffee after flap over red cups

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Starbucks is pushing back against suggestions stoked by Republican presidential contender Donald Trump that this year’s minimalist design for its holiday cups is a slap at Christmas. Responding to questions about the cups, the Seattle-based coffee purveyor on Tuesday touted its “exclusive Christmas Blend Vintage 2015” — one of several Christmas-themed products available in its stores. On its website, Starbucks pointedly said it was introducing the blend on behalf of its 300,000 employees “from diverse ethnic backgrounds who proudly wear…

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