Geza Vermes was a graduate student in Belgium in the late 1940s when he was captivated by news about a remarkable discovery in the desert east of Jerusalem. He quickly switched gears, penning his doctoral thesis on the Dead Sea Scrolls, the ancient manuscript fragments that would become his life’s work.
To hold onto customers, companies are using shoppers’ purchasing histories for more personalized deals.
NEW YORK — Loyalty programs at supermarkets used to be as simple as getting access to the cheaper advertised prices on store shelves.
BURLINGTON, Vt. — The next time you take a bite of syrup-soaked pancake, ask yourself: What does that maple syrup really taste like? Do you detect a hint of spiced meat? Perhaps a whisper of mango? Or is that je ne sais quoi the flavor of oats?
WASHINGTON — The ousted head of the Internal Revenue Service apologized to Congress today for his agency’s tougher treatment of tea party and other conservative groups seeking tax-exempt status. He said they resulted from a misguided effort to handle a flood of applications, not political bias.
LAS VEGAS — The lawyer who unsuccessfully defended O.J. Simpson against armed robbery charges testified today his client knew two companions had guns in a 2007 confrontation with memorabilia dealers.
GRANBURY, Texas (AP) — Raul Rodriguez counts himself a lucky man.
BAUSTIN, Texas — Country music star Randy Travis has filed a lawsuit to prevent the release of patrol car video of his 2012 drunken-driving arrest in North Texas.
JERUSALEM — An Israeli watchdog group today accused the government of taking steps to legalize four unauthorized settlement outposts in the West Bank, days before the U.S. secretary of state is set to arrive on a new peace mission.
WASHINGTON — Don’t look for the outcry over the Internal Revenue Service’s improper targeting of tea party groups to subside with the ouster of the agency’s acting commissioner.
WASHINGTON — The House Agriculture Committee on Wednesday approved a sweeping farm bill that would trim the $80 billion-a-year food stamp program.
WASHINGTON — Democrats rallied behind President Barack Obama in the dispute over the administration’s handling of the Benghazi attack, arguing that the White House’s latest email disclosure undermines Republican claims of a cover-up.
KABUL, Afghanistan — A suicide car bombing tore through a U.S. convoy during rush hour in the Afghan capital today, killing at least 15 people, including six U.S. military advisers and two children, officials said. U.S. soldiers rushed to help, including some wearing only T-shirts or shorts under body armor.
LAS VEGAS — O.J. Simpson, a former star athlete who once lived for the spotlight, was back on stage telling the grim story of the Las Vegas afternoon in 2007 that sent him to prison.
GENEVA — A huge diamond unearthed in Botswana commanded an unearthly price of $26.7 million from Christie’s auction house Wednesday amid the spring ritual of well-heeled bidders flocking or phoning in to Geneva’s luxury sales.
PHOENIX — Attorneys for Jodi Arias asked to step down from the case after their client was convicted of first-degree murder, but a judge denied the request, according to court minutes obtained Thursday.
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