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‘Sacred Journeys’ Documents Religious Pilgrimages

December 16, 2014
Bruce Feiler is pictured in Lourdes, France for the PBS series "Sacred Journeys," which begins airing tonight. (

In a new documentary series on PBS, Bruce Feiler accompanies Americans on pilgrimages to six of the world’s holiest sites.

4 U.S. Cities Make Their Case To Host Summer Olympics

December 16, 2014
A man arrives on December 8, 2014 for the 127th International Olympic Committee (IOC) extraordinary session in Monaco. The U.S. Olympic committee meets today to decide a U.S. city for an Olympic bid.(Valery Hache/AFP/Getty Images)

San Francisco, Washington D.C., Boston and Los Angeles are presenting their 2024 bids to the U.S. Olympic Committee.

Questions And Mourning After Sydney Cafe Siege

December 16, 2014
A woman kneels down as she lays flowers in a makeshift memorial near the site where a gunman held hostages for 16 hours at a popular Sydney cafe, Australia, Tuesday, Dec. 16, 2014.(Steve Christo/AP)

Australians are mourning the two hostages killed in a 16-hour siege at a cafe, and asking how the attack happened.

Insurers, Some States Extend Deadlines For Health Coverage

December 16, 2014
Jose Ramirez (left) and Mariana Silva speak with Yosmay Valdivia, an agent from Sunshine Life and Health Advisors, as they discuss plans available from the Affordable Care Act at a store setup in the Mall of the Americas on December 15, 2014 in Miami, Florida. (Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

Health insurers say they will give people more time to pay their premiums for health plans, and still have coverage start January 1st.

The Future Of Rooftop Solar In The Nation’s Capital

December 16, 2014
The solar panels on Anya Schoolman's roof in Mt. Pleasant generate a third to two-thirds of her energy a month. Her neighbors have even more advanced arrays.(Chris Chester/WAMU)

A proposed merger between the city’s electric utility and a national energy giant is raising concern among rooftop solar advocates.

Jeb Bush To ‘Actively Explore’ Run For President

December 16, 2014
Former Florida Governor Jeb Bush speaks at the 2014 National Summit on Education Reform in Washington, D.C., November 20, 2014. (Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images)

The former Republican Florida governor says he’s decided “to actively explore the possibility of running for president” in 2016.

‘Sense Of Relief’ In Pennsylvania As Manhunt Ends

December 16, 2014
The Montgomery County District Attorney's Office released new images of Bradley Stone today, along with the warning, "If you see Bradley Stone, do not engage with him. He is considered armed and dangerous." (Montgomery County District Attorney's office)

The body of Bradley Stone, who was suspected of killing his ex-wife and five relatives, was found in the woods near his home.

Trouble For The Russian Ruble — And What It Means For The U.S.

December 16, 2014
A police officer goes through the gate of Russia's Central Bank building in Moscow, Russia, Tuesday, Dec. 16, 2014. The Russian ruble faced intense selling pressure Tuesday, falling at one point by a whopping 20 percent to a new historic low despite a massive pre-dawn interest rate hike from Russia’s Central Bank. (Pavel Golovkin/AP)

The fact the ruble is still falling after a dramatic move by Russia’s Central Bank has increased concerns about the Russian economy.

Jewish Cuisine — It’s Not Just Chopped Liver

December 16, 2014
Chocolate-Cinnamon Babka (Daniel Lailah)

Janna Gur shares some history of Jewish cuisine, as well as three recipes from her new cookbook “Jewish Soul Food.”

Top Google Searches In 2014 Include Robin Williams, Jennifer Lawrence

December 16, 2014
Screenshot from Google video about the year in search.

Google’s annual “Zeitgeist” report of search terms was just released, revealing the most-searched-for words, stories and people.

Uber Banned In Parts Of India After Rape Allegations

December 16, 2014
The Uber smartphone app is pictured over a parking lot as auto-rickshaws (background) ply a road in the Indian capital New Delhi on December 7, 2014. (Tengku Bahar/AFP/Getty Images)

The ride-for-hire service has already been banned in Spain and the Netherlands, and France is banning it starting next month.

In New Report, Vatican Extends An Olive Branch To U.S. Nuns

December 16, 2014
Sister Simone Campbell poses for a photograph in front of the 'Nuns on the Bus' bus after arriving at the state capitol in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania on June 28, 2012. The religious group, which is traveling by bus across the U.S., is protesting proposed federal budgets cuts that would affect poor families. (Brigitte Dusseau/AFP/Getty Images)

Under Pope Francis, the Vatican has made a U-turn, praising the American sisters for their care of the poor.

When College Is Not For Everyone

December 16, 2014
A young apprentice works in a car bodywork and welding workshop at the Universite Regionale des Metiers de l'Artisanat (Regional University of Crafts Trades) on September 26, 2014 in Arras, France. (Philippe Huguen/AFP/Getty Images)

Bill Symonds says students need more pathways to the workforce, including strong vocational options and apprenticeships.

Dozens Of Children Killed In Taliban Attack On School In Pakistan

December 16, 2014
An injured Pakistani student lies in bed at a hospital following an attack by Taliban gunmen on a school in Peshawar on December 16, 2014. (A Majeed/AFP/Getty Images)

At least 126 people are dead after the Taliban targeted a school in Peshawar that is run by the Pakistani military.

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