Dec 12, 2013 — Gandalf, the dwarves, and the titular hobbit continue their quest for the mountain in the second of Peter Jackson's three Lord of the Rings prequels. Martin Freeman, Ian McKellen, Orlando Bloom and Benedict Cumberbatch star.
Dec 12, 2013 — Countries around the world are moving to officially adopt recognition of a third gender. Commentator Barbara J. King thinks we should go further, embracing a fluid system of gender identities.
Dec 12, 2013 — The communications agency's commissioners voted 3-2 to consider new rules allowing voice calls while jetliners are in the air — something that's been forbidden on U.S. flights. But the head of the Department of Transportation says he's "concerned" by the prospect of such calls.