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Oldest Black Church in Oregon Will Tear Down, Rebuild To Better Serve Community

As physical attendance dwindles, First African Methodist Episcopal Zion is joining the growing trend of churches that are re-imagining how best to use their facilities.

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Portland Theatres Unite in ‘Go See A Play’ Revival Campaign

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Idaho baby found dead by police one day after Amber Alert, police say father is in custody

IDAHO FALLS, Idaho (AP) — An Idaho baby was found dead by police on Saturday, one day after an Amber Alert was issued for him, authorities said. The baby's father was taken into custody on an arrest warrant issued in connection with the death of his wife. Police found the body of...

Big Ten power Ohio State plays rising SEC team Missouri in 88th Cotton Bowl

Ohio State (11-1, Big Ten) vs. Missouri (10-2, SEC), Dec. 29, 8 p.m. ET (ESPN) LOCATION: Arlington, Texas. TOP PLAYERS Ohio State: WR Marvin Harrison, 1,211 yards receiving, 15 touchdowns, 18.1 yards per catch. Missouri: QB Brady Cook, 3,189...

Cotton Bowl pits SEC's Missouri against Big Ten power Ohio State in teams' 1st meeting since 1998

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Missouri is headed to its first New Year's Six bowl game in the 10 seasons since the four-team playoff began and will play No. 7 Ohio State, which has never missed one. They meet in the Cotton Bowl on Dec. 29. The ninth-ranked Tigers (10-2, SEC) have 10 wins...


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Federal Agencies Issue $23 Million Fine Against TransUnion and Subsidiary

FTC and CFPB say actions harmed renters and violated fair credit laws ...

First One to Commit to Nonviolence Wins

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Book Review: Lauren Grodstein’s masterpiece of historical fiction set in Warsaw Ghetto during WWII

The Oneg Shabbat archive was a secret project of Jewish prisoners in the Warsaw Ghetto to record their histories as they awaited deportation to Nazi death camps during World War II. Lauren Grodstein has used this historical fact as the basis for her mesmerizing new novel, “We Must Not Think of...

Book Review: ‘Eyeliner' examines the staple makeup product's revolutionary role in global society

Zahra Hankir opens “Eyeliner: A Cultural History” by marveling over her mother’s elegant beauty process as she delicately sweeps black kohl on her waterline, dreaming of displaying that same confidence one day. For Hankir, eyeliner is more than just a cosmetic product. It...

Eddie Izzard returns to New York for a version of Shakespeare's 'Hamlet' with just one actor onstage

NEW YORK (AP) — Eddie Izzard is returning to a New York stage this winter for an ambitious version of “Hamlet.” It's ambitious because the actor-comedian will be the only one on stage. Izzard will play all the William Shakespeare parts in a one-person staging adapted by Izzard's...


The next Republican debate is in Alabama, the state that gave the GOP a road map to Donald Trump

ATLANTA (AP) — Republican presidential candidates will debate Wednesday within walking distance of where George...

At UN climate talks, fossil fuel interests have hundreds of employees on hand

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Ukrainian diplomats negotiate both climate change and Russia's war on their nation at COP28 in Dubai

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — While Ukrainian diplomats take part in negotiations at the United Nations...

The death toll from a mining tragedy in South Africa rises to 13 after a worker dies at a hospital

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Guinea-Bissau’s president issues a decree dissolving the opposition-controlled parliament

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Sam Meyer CNN

(CNN) -- Jesse Friedman and Laura Hadden are cooking their way around the world.

The Brooklyn couple has set out on a multi-year project to throw a dinner party featuring the cuisine of each of the 193 United Nations member countries - in alphabetical order, no less. They document the experience, complete with pictures and recipes, on their blog, United Noshes.

Thus far, they've cooked 36 meals - starting with Afghanistan and ending with China.

For each dinner, Friedman and Hadden research the country a week or two in advance to figure out what the most representative dishes might be.

"Ideally, I talk to someone who knows about the food," Friedman says. They look for authentic recipes that might be served at a wedding or other big gathering. And when a country has many regional cuisines, like China, they try to at least hit the high points of each region.

A recent dinner honoring China featured everything from Shanghainese soup dumplings to crispy roast Peking duck to Cantonese sea cucumber stuffed with pork and shrimp.

Their location in New York City makes tracking down obscure ingredients a little easier, but on the occasions that they take their dinner parties on the road, some things aren't as easy to find.

"There is no yak butter in Tacoma," Friedman says. For the Bhutan dinner there, they used a mix of blue cheese and cream cheese as a substitute.

Hadden and Friedman say they're glad they're doing the project alphabetically, as that tends to shake up and randomize the kind of food they'll be cooking: Belize's cuisine is different than Belgium's, and they welcome the variety.

Since undertaking the project almost a year ago, their pantry has grown quite a bit. When they complete a letter of the alphabet, they write "The Noshies," doling out such awards as "most fun to cook," "best music," "best cuisine" and "most exotic purchase."

Colombia is next, and they say they look forward to making to the national dish of bandeja paisa, a rustic platter of meats, rice and beans. For Cuba, they're planning a pig roast in New Jersey.

They're saving the United States for the grand finale sometime in 2017, and hope to have a gala potluck with food from each of the fifty states.

Every dinner ends with a brief appeal for donations from their guests to benefit the UN's World Food Program. The donations are matched by Google, Friedman's employer, and so far the WFP has received more than $6,000 as a result of their efforts.

"The World Food Program creates a sense of purpose for this. We're enjoying this food from all around the world, and we're taking a lot," says Friedman. "[Donating to the WFP] turns it from a feeling of excess privilege into really doing some good, especially when we're eating food from places where there may not be an abundance of food."

The average $20 donation from a guest, after matching, will provide 160 meals to people in disadvantaged countries.