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AMARILLO, Texas (AP) — Philadelphia Police-Star Wars
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Philadelphia's police department says it would crack down on online Star Wars spoilers if it could.
A photo posted on the department's Facebook page shows two storm troopers seemingly getting arrested on South Street. The caption reads "No, posting #StarWarsForceAwakens spoilers online is not a crime. Yes, it should be." It adds that "any illegal Sith behavior will still be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law."
House Speaker Paul Ryan chimed in on the matter Wednesday, pinning the police department's stance to his Twitter feed with the comment "Knew we forgot to put something in the omnibus." The Wisconsin Republican was referring to a bill that requires one vote but combines several measures.
"Star Wars: The Force Awakens" debuted in U.S. theaters Thursday evening.
Star Wars Church
NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J. (AP) — A New Jersey pastor and "Star Wars" enthusiast is using the power of the force to tell the Christmas story this year.
Pastor Tim Lucas says Liquid Church will be holding "Cosmic Christmas" services at its multiple campuses that will weave parts of the "Star Wars" movies together with biblical theology.
The services coincide with this week's release of "Star Wars: The Force Awakens."
Lucas says there are parallels between the Bible and Star Wars, particularly in the good versus evil cosmology. He says the story will be told from "heaven's perspective."
The church's program featured a "Star Wars"-themed nativity scene with characters from the movie.
A Christmas Eve performance is planned where congregants will wield glow sticks shaped like light sabers instead of lighting candles.
AMARILLO, Texas (AP) — A Texas group that helps children has received a surprise $50,000 donation left under a baby Jesus figure.
Officials with The Children's Home in Amarillo found the check Wednesday after a caller advised staff to check the Nativity scene outside the building.
A receptionist discovered an envelope beneath the infant Jesus replica that contained the check.
The Children's Home provides a place for at-risk youngsters to stay.
Group President Darrin Murphy says staffers contacted the donor whose name was on the check. The man said he's inspired by the youngsters being helped by The Children's Home. The donor said he wishes to remain anonymous.
Murphy says he told some of the children about the donation and they were excited to learn that people believe in their futures.
Brazil-Museum of Tomorrow
RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff has inaugurated a new science museum in Rio de Janeiro that she hopes will become one of the Olympic city's must-see destinations.
The $55 million Museum of Tomorrow was designed by Spanish architect Santiago Calatrava and is the centerpiece of a renovation of Rio's derelict port area.
Rousseff hails the museum as "beautiful" and "innovative" and says she believes it will become a top destination in Rio, which is hosting the 2016 Olympics.
Thursday's inauguration was a respite from a recent barrage of bad news for the president, who is battling the opening of impeachment proceedings in Congress as the economy continues to struggle. Flanked by allies including Rio Mayor Eduardo Paes, Rousseff was warmly received by the event's crowd of VIPs.
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