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December 27, 2013

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Huckabee sought the Republican presidential nomination in 2008 and has said that he may run again in 2016.

Abbas says Jesus was a `Palestinian messenger’

BETHLEHEM, West Bank (AP) - In a Christmas message, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas has referred to Jesus as a “Palestinian” messenger of hope.

Few scholars dispute that Jesus was Jewish. But Palestinian officials said Abbas used the term in a historic context, applying to all those in the Holy Land at the time, regardless of religion.

Abbas’ emailed comments Monday appeared to be part of an effort to reach global public opinion and strengthen links between the Palestinian and Christian narratives.

Abbas said Jesus was a “Palestinian messenger who would become a guiding light for millions.”

A majority of Palestinians including Abbas are Muslims, but he and his predecessor Yasser Arafat have called for unity of Palestinian Christians and Muslims.

Bethlehem, the traditional birthplace of Jesus, is a Palestinian town in the West Bank.

Mormon-centric Utah epicenter for food storage

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - Storing away food and water in case of disaster, job loss or something worse is part of the teachings of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, but non-Mormons also are increasingly buying survival kits of packaged foods.

Matthew Bowman, assistant professor of religion at Hampden-Sydney College in Virginia, says the Mormon emphasis on self-reliance dates back to the mid-1800s when food storage began as a pragmatic way to ensure survival as church members trekked across the country to Salt Lake City.

Bowman says by the mid-1900s, church leaders worried about nuclear war and encouraged members to have a two-year supply of food.

In the last two decades, the focus on food storage has shifted back to practicality.

Rick Foster, manager of North America Humanitarian Services with the LDS church, says storing away food is now “about helping all of us individually to get through these bumps that occur in our lives.” He says if Mormons are prepared, they can help themselves and others in times of need.

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