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<em>The Desolation of Smaug</em>
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The Desolation of Smaug

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Issue: "2013 Daniel of the Year," Dec. 14, 2013

Dec. 10 

Leaders of the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons will be on hand in Oslo, Norway, to receive the 2013 Nobel Peace Prize. The selection of the OPCW puzzled many prognosticators who expected Pakistani teen activist Malala Yousafzai to be honored.

Dec. 13  

The second of three Hobbit films is released today when The Desolation of Smaug hits theaters on Dec. 13. Martin Freeman returns to play the role of Bilbo Baggins in the series that has already grossed more than $1 trillion at the box office.

Dec. 20  

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Today is the last chance to download Winamp, the media player software made popular during the advent of MP3 file sharing. AOL announced plans to stop offering downloads of the iTunes precursor beginning today after 15 years of playing music.

Dec. 21  

High noon won’t be so high today. The Northern Hemisphere’s long descent into shorter days and longer nights reaches its end on Dec. 21. New York City will see just 9 hours and 15 minutes between its 7:17 a.m. sunrise and 4:32 p.m. sunset.

Dec. 23 

If you have the time—and if the website works—Americans hoping to be enrolled in Obamacare health plans by Jan. 1 must have purchased insurance through state or federal exchanges by today. That may be difficult considering ongoing problems at healthcare.gov.

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