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Quebec co-op celebrates camembert win over France at world championship

TORONTO — A Quebec co-operative is savouring sweet victories at the World Championship Cheese Contest, including a win for best camembert that has left a bitter taste in France.

Agropur’s smooth Camembert L’Extra, made in Saint-Hyacinthe, Que., edged out the French dairy group Lactalis, which placed second with its entry, made in Belmont, Wisc.

Jesus statue stolen 90 years ago returned to original home

HOBOKEN, N.J. — A baby Jesus statue stolen nearly 90 years ago from a New Jersey church has been returned.

The Rev. Alex Santora says a suspicious package was delivered Wednesday to Our Lady of Grace Church in Hoboken with no return address. The Jersey Journal reports the pastor called police, who responded to inspect the package.

Today’s gun-control debate has echoes of 1934

CHICAGO — It was 1934. Mobsters armed with fully automatic “Tommy guns” had left a trail of bloodstained sidewalks and pockmarked walls across the country, and the new president had narrowly escaped assassination the year before. It was time for action on gun control. And the National Rifle Association seemingly agreed.

New king cheese crowned world champion in Wisconsin

MADISON, Wis. — A new king cheese has been crowned in Wisconsin.

The winner of the 2018 World Championship Cheese Contest is a hard sheep’s milk cheese called Esquirrou. The announcement was made Thursday night in Madison.

Esquirrou is made in France at Mauleon Fromagerie by Michel Touyarou and imported by Savencia Cheese USA of New Holland, Pennsylvania.

Spain helps keep alive archaic language of Sephardic Jews

MADRID — A language still spoken by the descendants of Jews expelled from Spain 500 years ago is getting a helping hand from the Spanish Royal Academy to keep it alive.

Ladino, a language taken abroad by Spanish Jews expelled from Spain in the late 15th century, uniquely preserves many elements of medieval Spanish, but some fear it is dying out.