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Secret Santa

In this Dec. 22, 2014 photo, Marie Davis gives West Virginia State Police Trooper D.C. Graham a hug after receiving a $100 bill as part of a Secret Santa project funded by an anonymous donor in Princeton, W. Va. Davis said she will use the money to purchase Christmas dinner for her family. (AP Photo/Bluefield Daily Telegraph)

Spicy comfort

Let’s be honest about New Year’s Eve. Once you’ve reached a certain age, celebrating stops being about partying and starts being all about hunkering down with a movie and comfort food on the couch.

Protection sought for scenic California region

WASHINGTON — A contingent of California environmental groups, business representatives and politicians are using a visit Friday from Interior Secretary Sally Jewell to push for permanent protection of some 350,000 acres of picturesque federal land near the state’s famous wine country.