Candace Cameron Bure and David O'Donnell star in Hallmark's Christmas Under Wraps, which airs Saturday on The Hallmark Channel. Fred Hayes/Crown Media hide caption

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Monkey See

Christmas Bells Are Ringing, And Cable Holiday Movies Are Unrelenting

Christmas cable movies are a genre unto themselves. We take a look at some of the Hallmark (and other) romances that are surprisingly big business this time of year.

Stuffed animals, flowers and votives are displayed at Cudell Commons Park in Cleveland, Ohio, during a memorial rally for Tamir Rice, a 12-year-old boy shot by police on Saturday. He died on Sunday. Jordan Gonzales/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Cleveland Boy's Family: Video Shows Police Reacted Too Fast AP

The family of a 12-year-old boy fatally wounded by a Cleveland police officer said video of the shooting shows that if the officer had not acted so quickly the youngster would still be alive.

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Two years ago, Honduran Wilson Castro was one of countless migrants trying to make his way to the United States. He decided to stay in Mexico instead and help Adrian Rodriguez Garcia feed other migrants traveling through by train. The two men were murdered recently in Huehuetoca, Mexico. Carrie Kahn hide caption

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Parallels - World News

Two Men's Efforts To Help Migrants In Mexico End In Their Murders

The pair fed and clothed Central American migrants on their way through Mexico. One of them, a transvestite, had been doing it for more than a decade and had received death threats.

Keira Knightley, Matthew Beard, Matthew Goode, Benedict Cumberbatch, and Allen Leech in The Imitation Game. Jack English/The Weinstein Company hide caption

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Movie Reviews

Benedict Cumberbatch Lifts 'Imitation Game' Above Biopic Formula

Cumberbatch stars as British mathematician and World War II code-breaker Alan Turing in a film directed by Morten Tyldum and co-starring Keira Knightley as Turing's comrade in arms.

President Obama's veto threat against a proposed deal between top Senate Democrats and House Republicans has stalled progress on renewing an expired package of tax breaks. Jacquelyn Martin/AP hide caption

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It's All Politics

Veto Threat Puts Tax Break Package Back At Square One

President Obama and many congressional Democrats object to making tax breaks for businesses permanent while allowing larger credits for the poor and middle class to lapse.

The British choral group called The Sixteen have taken on new settings of the ancient Stabat Mater text. Molina Visuals/The Sixteen hide caption

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Deceptive Cadence

Stabat Mater: Young Composers Explore An Ancient Text

British choral group The Sixteen sings new settings of the Stabat Mater. Director Harry Christophers says the ensemble was looking for "something that was very spiritual, very mystical."

On Lumley Beach, after day trippers have headed home, prostitutes look for customers along a 100-yard stretch of road near some of the nicer hotels as well as near the bars and restaurants along the beachfront. Simon Akam/Reuters/Landov hide caption

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Goats and Soda

Hissing And Sighing: The Lament Of Sex Workers In Sierra Leone

Ebola has made it harder for the prostitutes who issue a come-hither "hiss" along Lumley Beach. Customers are hard to find, pay is down, and, like everyone, the women are scared of the deadly virus.

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