5:09 pm
Tue December 23, 2014

Alan Turing may have cracked Nazi codes, but thousands of women helped

Alessia Pierdomenico/ Reuters

Breaking the code behind the Nazis' enigma machine was crucial to the Allies winning World War II.

The new movie "The Imitation Game" tells the story of Alan Turing and the machine he developed to break that code — known as the bombe machine. All that code-breaking took place at a British manor known as Bletchley Park.

And many of the great minds working at that top secret location were women.

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3:27 pm
Tue December 23, 2014

These travel agents have bridged the US-Cuba divide for decades

Bob Guild is vice president of Marazul Charters, a US-based travel agency founded in 1979 when Washington briefly loosened travel restrictions to Cuba.

Bruce Wallace

Sandra Levinson’s desk at the Center for Cuban Studies is surrounded by art from more than 45 years of traveling to Cuba. One of the pieces is a photo taken in 1961, on the very day Washington broke off relations with Cuba, showing a man selling the newspaper in front of the US embassy in Havana. The headline reads "Viva Cuba Libre" — "Long live a free Cuba."

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3:02 pm
Tue December 23, 2014

Meet the most famous woman in computing you've probably never heard of

A panel from "The Thrilling Adventures of Lovelace and Babbage" graphic novel.

Courtesy Sydney Padua

Ada Lovelace was born famous: the daughter of celebrated poet Lord Byron. Often considered the world’s first real rockstar, Byron’s wild lifestyle and sexual exploits helped define modern celebrity.

Ada’s mom wanted none of it. To prevent her child from acquiring her dad’s crazy temperament, she banned poetry and educated her daughter strictly in the logic of mathematics.

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1:05 pm
Tue December 23, 2014

The Kurdish Peshmerga helping the US take back territory from ISIS may be kicking out Arabs

Kemal Kerkuki, commanding officer of Peshmerga forces outside of Kirkuk, speaks with his troops. 

Susannah George

A convoy of six armored Peshmerga SUVs slowly roll through the town of Kharabaroot, just west of Kirkuk. On either side of the narrow dirt road, the houses are in ruins. Most have been completely flattened; the few that still stand are uninhabitable, not a single civilian remains. 

For Iraq’s Kurdish Peshmerga forces, this is what victory looks like. 

“They were very strong,” explains Kemal Kerkuki, the commanding officer of Peshmerga forces in this region outside Kirkuk, referring to the ISIS terrorist group that calls itself the Islamic State. 

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11:36 am
Tue December 23, 2014

PBS goes on the Hajj with Muslim pilgrims from around Boston

Tala Khudairi and Jack Lindsay are two of the pilgrims who appear in a new PBS documentary about the Hajj.

Shakeb Ahmed

For a small group of Muslims from the Boston area, making the Hajj pilgrimage is a matter of fulfilling an Islamic duty. But each of them is also seeking something more personal.

A recently divorced man wants help from God to move on; a Muslim chaplin looks for spiritual meaning; her husband, a physician, will check something off his lifelong to-do list; another man will be leaving the United States for the first time.

These are main characters in "The Hajj," an episode from a new PBS series called "Sacred Journeys with Bruce Feiler."   

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Quality of life
11:24 am
Tue December 23, 2014

Conditions at former Compost Cincy site getting better

Cincinnati officials report they are making progress cleaning up a now closed commercial food waste composting facility in Winton Hills.

The city is spending $300,000 to remedy the smelly situation at 5656 Este Avenue.  

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Local News
7:00 am
Tue December 23, 2014

Bills that passed the Ohio General Assembly in 2014

Maybe the legislation needed more time for review or didn’t have quite enough support. Whatever the reason—this was the year those bills finally made it past state lawmakers.

The most recent example is the reform to Ohio’s redistricting process. For the past decade, critics of the process have said it creates maps that are aggressively gerrymandered, which is what happens when lawmakers redraw voting districts to benefit their political party.

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Ohio Supreme Court
6:00 am
Tue December 23, 2014

Ohio Supreme Court--Year in Review

2014 brought several big cases to the Republican-dominated Ohio Supreme Court, which delivered opinions that surprised some observers.

The Ohio Supreme Court ended the year by deciding one of the highest-profile cases of the year – ruling 4-3 that traffic camera programs are constitutional, and specifically that Toledo can allow appeals to go through an administrative hearing process and not municipal court. But Republican Sen. Bill Seitz of Cincinnati, the sponsor of a bill to regulate traffic cameras, says the ruling is basically moot.

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5:00 am
Tue December 23, 2014

Record Christmas travel expected in Ohio

Plan ahead if you plan to travel over Christmas. AAA says the roads will be extra busy this year, especially Wednesday.

Spokeswoman Cheryl Parker says 3.8 million Ohioans plan to travel 50 miles or more, up 5 percent from last year.

"The increase marks the highest travel volume ever recorded for the region," says Parker.

She says low gas prices are likely driving the higher travel numbers. Nationaly, she says, we've seen 88 consecutive days of falling prices.

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6:38 pm
Mon December 22, 2014

France endures deadly attacks, but can't decide if they're terrorism

Police and rescue crews respond to the scene near where a man drove a van into a crowd, injuring 10 people, some seriously wounded, in Nantes, December 22, 2014. 

Stephane Mahe/Reuters

Two violent and disturbing attacks took place in France over the weekend, prompting fears among the French that ISIS and other militant Islamist groups are making inroads in their country.

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