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For Syria's President, The Year Ends Better Than It Began

Syria's civil war is still raging with no end in sight. But Bashar Assad remains entrenched in Damascus and many argue his position improved over the year as the U.S. began bombing the Islamic State.

Christmas In Liberia: Ebola Fears, No Snow, Holiday Spirit

The deadly virus has cast a shadow over the country. Nonetheless, many Liberians are determined to have a happy Christmas and a hopeful new year.

Number Of Cars Earning Top Safety Awards Nearly Doubles

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety says the number of vehicles winning its two safety awards jumped from 39 to 71 for the 2015 model year.

An Update On For-Profit Colleges

New regulations and new complaints for a troubled sector; a new owner for a troubled college.

Couldn't Miss This One: Behind 'Christmas Wrapping'

It's a short story about a woman who just wants to spend the holiday alone, from a band that had no interest in writing what would become a holiday classic.

Deadly Year For Journalists On The Job

At least 60 journalists died in 2014, reports the Committee to Protect Journalists. Nearly half those killed were targeted for murder.

Deford: It's Hard To Write A Christmas Story About Sport

Linking sports and the Christmas spirit is a true challenge, says commentator Frank Deford. "The idea of sports is to beat the other fellow," he says, "while the idea of Christmas is to be giving."

An Update From New Orleans

Charter schools, special education, and new preschool funding are among changes for New Orleans schools.

'The Interview' To Play In More Than 200 Theaters On Christmas Day

Sony had pulled the controversial comedy that centers on a plot to assassinate North Korean leader Kim Jong Un after ominous threats were made, allegedly by a group that hacked the studio's emails.

Floating Toilets That Clean Themselves Grow On A Lake

A new project places little kayaks filled with aquatic plants under latrines in floating homes on Southeast Asia's largest freshwater lake. So how do the toilets clean the wastewater?

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