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31 satisfying soup recipes

Craving a bowl of soup? Even if it doesn’t always feel like fall, particularly here in Southern California, now is the perfect time of year to start stockpiling favorite recipes. We’ve compiled 31 of our favorites — from rich stews to fillng chilled soups — perfect for any sort of weather. noelle.carter@latimes.com...

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Texas county employee arrested for $1.2 million fajita theft

Texas county employee arrested for $1.2 million fajita theft

A Texas county employee has been arrested for allegedly stealing fajitas, but it goes way beyond stealing food from the office refrigerator. Authorities say the man had been stealing fajitas for nine years, and had stolen more than $1.2 million worth of fajita meat. According to the Brownsville...

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