Cookbook author Dorie Greenspan says she makes a "Franco-American" buche de Noel with American flavoring and French technique. Alan Richardson/Courtesy of Houghton Mifflin Harcourt hide caption

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Found Recipes

Yule Have To Try This Gingerbread Buche De Noel

In Paris, holiday buche de Noel cakes verge on art. Cookbook author Dorie Greenspan has created her own Franco-American version that's fun to make and "just as good as birthday cake," she says.

Carmen Martinez Ayuso, 85, prays during her eviction from her home in Madrid, Spain, on Nov. 21. A professional Spanish soccer team, Rayo Vallecano, has come to her aid, promising to pay her housing costs for the rest of her life. Andres Kudacki/AP hide caption

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Parallels - World News

The 85-Year-Old Widow Who's The Symbol Of Spain's Economic Woes

Carmen Martinez Ayuso was evicted from her apartment because her son took out a loan and couldn't repay. Now she's been the recipient of unexpected kindness this holiday season.

In Namibia today, members of the ancient tribe of hunter-gatherers still forage. New genetic research reveals they were once the largest group of humans. Stephan C. Schuster/Penn State University hide caption

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Goats and Soda

The Khoisan Once Were Kings Of The Planet. What Happened?

In the landscape of modern Africa, they are a link to the long-ago past. They know everything about plants and animals. But their way of life — and language of clicks — may be doomed.

People sing as they take part in a prayer vigil at the site where two police officers were shot to death in the Brooklyn borough of New York this weekend. Carlow Allegri/Reuters /Landov hide caption

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The Two-Way - News Blog

De Blasio Urges Halt To Protests As Funerals For Officers Are Held

The shooting of two officers Saturday exposed fault lines in the relationship between the New York City mayor and the city's police department.

This photo provided by Eugene R. Fidell shows Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl preparing to be interviewed by Army investigators in August. Eugene R. Fidell/AP hide caption

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The Two-Way - News Blog

Army General To Determine Fate Of Bowe Bergdahl

Officials say options range from taking no action to ordering a court martial. The sergeant walked away from his post in Afghanistan in 2009 and ended up in the hands of the Taliban. He was released in a prisoner exchange in May.

In Exodus, Christian Bale's Moses is more of an action hero than a religious figure. Courtesy of Twentieth Century Fox hide caption

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Movie Interviews

We Ask A Scholar: How Does Ridley Scott's 'Exodus' Compare With The Bible's?

Robert Alter, a leading secular scholar of Scripture, says the film was fun to watch, but "it's not exactly Exodus; it's panorama and pageantry, which is what film does." And, he adds, why not?

James Franco, left, and Seth Rogen arrive for the premiere of the motion picture comedy "The Interview" Dec. 11 in Los Angeles. The actors' film, a comedy about a CIA plot to assassinate its leader Kim Jong-Un, was pulled from theaters after a massive cyber attack on Sony Pictures, the studio behind the film. The FBI said the attack was traced back to the North Korean government. Jim Ruymen/UPI/Landov hide caption

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The 5 Business Stories That Made 2014 A Memorable Year

From hack attacks to the bottom falling out of oil, 2014 has been a year of big swings at the top and stagnation at the bottom.

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