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RECAP: December 28


HEADLINES:
Air Asia jetliner goes missing off Indonesia (Video)
Air Asia Flight 8501 disappeared from air traffic control screens shortly after departing Surabaya, Indonesia on Sunday morning, bound for Singapore. Correspondent Debora Patta breaks down what we know so far about the missing plane and the 162 people on board.


COVER STORY:
There's no excuse for a poor excuse | Watch Video
According to a recent CBS News poll, 85 percent of us think Americans use too many excuses. Should we stop trying to explain our mistakes?

Is honesty the best policy? Or do excuses actually work?

Susan Spencer finds out if there is a foolproof formula for making them effective.

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LOOK BACK: A look back: The top stories of 2014 | Watch Video
As we come to the end of 2014, Charles Osgood reviews some of the stories we'll remember.


OUR MAN IN PARIS: Inside Patrick Roger's chocolate workshop (Video)
Just outside Paris, Patrick Roger has been making 10 million pieces of chocolate for 20 years - not all of which are meant to be eaten. The chocolate artisan is recognized by the French government as one of the finest craftsman in his trade. David Turecamo reports.

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LOOK BACK: 2014's top music, books and movies (Video)
From Pharrell Williams' "Happy" to "Guardians of the Galaxy," these are the top music, movies, books, and online content of 2014.

FOR THE RECORD: The remarkable comeback of Foreigner's Mick Jones | Watch Video
Anthony Mason catches up with Mick Jones, founder of one of rock's most successful bands, Foreigner.

    Click here to listen to Mick Jones' intro to a live version of "Hot Blooded," from "The Best of Foreigner 4 & More" (Sony).

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    OPINION:
    Faith Salie shares her pet peeve on oversharing | Watch Video
    Contributor Faith Salie comments on the Word of the Year, "Overshare."

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    OBITUARIES:
    Hail and farewell to those we lost in 2014 | Watch Video
    Robin Williams . . . Philip Seymour Hoffman . . . Joan Rivers . . . Just some of the people who left us in the year gone by.

    As is our annual custom, this "Sunday Morning" - the last Sunday of 2014 - Charles Osgood says "Hail and Farewell" to some of the most curious and colorful characters who are gone, but certainly not forgotten.

    "Sunday Morning" would like to thank:

    • The family of Ralph Baer, for going the extra mile to bring Ralph Baer's inventions to our studio.
    • The family of Martin Litton, for their photographs.
    • Footage of Martin Litton shooting the Colorado Rapids came from Mark Fraser and James Fox's excellent documentary, "The Good Fight: The Martin Litton Story."
    • The Hagley Museum and Library, in Wilmington, Del., curators of the Stephanie Kwolek Collection, for their generosity and care; and to curator Debra Hughes, for going the extra mile to bring Kevlar to New York City.
    • The Strong Museum (also known as the National Museum of Play) in Rochester, N.Y., for their help in honoring Ralph Baer.
    • Jeff Dymowski and Creative Photographers, Inc. (Cpi Syndication) provided Phil Stern's memorable images.
    • The Thronateeska Heritage Center, in Albany, Ga., for Alice Coachman newspaper clips.
    • Footage of Boston Mayo Thomas Menino provided by David Burt and City Of Boston Cable.
    • Photos of Al Feldstein provided by DC Comics.
    • Thanks to Stourwater Pictures
    • And we would be remiss if we didn't thank Bill deCicco and Retro Video of Glendale, Calif., for their help and generosity every year in honoring the great musicians who died.



    SUNDAY PROFILE:
    Lucky Tony Danza | Watch Video
    Tony Danza became a TV sensation with two back-to-back sitcoms in the 1970s and '80s: "Taxi" and "Who's the Boss?" Now, he's taking a turn singing and dancing on Broadway, in the new musical, "Honeymoon in Vegas."

    Gayle King chats with Danza about growing up in Brooklyn, his days as a boxer, and life as a single guy in New York.

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    MOVIES: How will the flap over "The Interview" play out? | Watch Video
    Ben Tracy will be talking about the most talked-about movie of the month, the Seth Rogen-James Franco comedy, "The Interview," now playing at a number of movie theaters around the country, as well as online.

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    NATURE: The Mississippi River (Extended Video)
    This week's moment of nature takes you to the Mississippi - Old Man River - which just keeps rolling along.

    WEB EXTRA GALLERY: Florence Lawrence, the first movie star
    One of the bright lights of the early silent era, who died on Dec. 28, 1938, was the first actress promoted by name.


    RECAP: December 21


    HEADLINES:
    NYC mourns two police officers shot to death (Video)
    New York City is mourning the shooting deaths of two police officers killed in their patrol car in Brooklyn Saturday afternoon, by a gunman who later took his own life. The suspect may have targeted them as retribution for the chokehold death of Eric Garner in New York and for the Michael Brown police shooting case in Missouri. Mark Albert reports.


    WEB EXTRA: The story of modern Cuba (Video)
    At a dawn of a new era in U.S.-Cuba relations, discover the history of the island nation, from Cuban independence from Spain, to Fidel Castro's reign, to President Obama's recent diplomatic restoration. Adriana Diaz reports.


    COVER STORY:
    Christmas carolers share the holiday spirit
    'Tis the season for Christmas caroling! The tradition of a strolling band of singers going door-to-door dates back thousands of years. In these busy -- some might say more isolated -- times, the sight of neighbors walking the streets and singing for the sheer joy of the season has grown less common.

    But as Lee Cowan reports in our Cover Story, there are still places in America where the art of Christmas caroling is alive and well, for professionals and amateurs alike.

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    ALMANAC:
    When Nixon met Elvis | Watch Video
    On December 21, 1970, the president welcomed Elvis Presley to the Oval Office.

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    'TIS THE SEASON:
    Are your spinning skills good enough to play major league dreidel? (Video)
    Serena Altschul looks into a very nontraditional take on a Hanukkah tradition.

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    SUNDAY PROFILE:
    Bobby Flay's recipe for success | Watch Video
    We are without question living in the age of the celebrity chef, and few chefs have achieved the status and clout of Bobby Flay.

    His new restaurant, Gato, in New York City, is white-hot, with reservations (there and at his other establishments across the country) hard to come by. With his own TV show, books and cooking products, he is at the forefront of America's growing love affair with food.

    From shrimp to burgers to pizza, Flay loves to cook, as he shows our Tracy Smith.

    WEB EXCLUSIVE: Bobby Flay's "Sunday Morning" brunch
    The chef concocts a delightful menu featuring Frittata with Peppers and Onions, Orange Ricotta Pancakes, and Blood Orange Campari Mimosas

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    SWEETS:
    The history of candy canes | Watch Video
    How did the Christmas treat with the signature hook get its start?

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    HISTORY:
    The World War I Christmas truce | Watch Video
    The story of a Yuletide football match between British and German troops on the frontlines of battle is so good, it's still being told, embellished and re-lived 100 years later. Mark Phillips reports.

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    HARTMAN:
    What makes a 220-mile commute worth it? (Video)
    Ask Thurmond Alford about the sacrifice he made to stay near his loved ones. Alford travels seven hours each day for his dream job in Washington, D.C. Steve Hartman reports.


    SUNDAY PROFILE:
    A new chapter for Sienna Miller | Watch Video
    It comes as no surprise that Sienna Miller's stunning good looks led to early success as a model. But with her role as Alfred Hitchcock's obsession, Tippi Hedren, in "The Girl," and performances in "Layer Cake" and other films, she quickly proved her intelligence and versatility as an actress as well.

    Now with two new breakout roles in the acclaimed dramas "Foxcatcher" and "American Sniper" (opposite Bradley Cooper), 2014 may be the year that the world takes notice of Sienna Miller. Our Anthony Mason profiles a true rising star.

    GALLERY: Sienna Miller

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    BILL GEIST:
    Meet the "Gone With the Wind" superfans | Watch Video
    For "Windies," their love for the classic film -- now celebrating its 75th anniversary -- goes beyond mere obsession.

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    CALENDAR:
    Week of December 22 | Watch Video
    "Sunday Morning" takes a look at some notable events of the week ahead.


    IN MEMORIAM:
    Remembering CBS News colleagues Emerson Stone and Richard Hottelet (Video)
    Charles Osgood tells us about the legacies that two CBS News colleagues have left behind. Emerson Stone spent 35 years as a writer, producer, executive and vice president in charge of news practices. Richard Hottelet was one of the "Murrow boys," setting the standard for radio reporting during World War II.


    OPINION:
    David Edelstein on hackers' chilling effect on movies | Watch Video
    Says Sony's decision to withhold "The Interview" only bolsters Hollywood's desire for dull, apolitical and safe films.


    OPINION:
    Ben Stein: Sony was prudent to scrap "The Interview" | Watch Video
    Says America should stop being humiliated, start getting serious about cybersecurity and hacking threats from N. Korea, China, Russia and others.


    MUSIC: Charles Osgood sings "White Christmas" (Video)
    Watch the host of "Sunday Morning" perform "White Christmas," Irving Berlin's great Christmas song written for the movie "Holiday Inn" with Bing Crosby.

    WEB EXCLUSIVE: Charles Osgood on the story of "White Christmas"


    NATURE:
    Nature: Montana's Glacier National Park (Extended Video)
    This week's moment in nature leaves us in Montana's Glacier National Park. Let it snow ... let it snow . . . let it snow.


    WEB EXCLUSIVE: Bill Flanagan on "A Change Is Gonna Come"
    Fifty years ago this week, Sam Cooke's song was posthumously released; it became an anthem for the civil rights movement.


    RECAP: December 14


    COVER STORY: The competitive world of eSports | Watch Video
    Video games are fast becoming the biggest thing in the entertainment world. With $68 billion in revenue, it's a bigger moneymaker than the music industry. And gamers are passionate: These days entire stadiums fill up with people who pay not to play, but to WATCH OTHER PEOPLE play video games. Why?

    Correspondent John Blackstone looks into the worldwide explosion of "eSports" and the athletes who play them.

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    ALMANAC:
    Nostradamus | Watch Video
    Born on December 14, 1503, the renowned author of prophecies could never have foreseen his long-lasting impact.


    FASHION:
    The history of Hermes (Video)
    'Tis the season for, among other things, shopping! Clothing is, of course, a go-to item during the holiday season, and when it comes to fashion one of the most iconic and historic names is Hermes.

    Rita Braver travels to the epicenter of the fashion world, Paris, for a behind-the-scenes look at the 180-year history of Hermes.

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    DANCE: Misty Copeland: Still proving herself | Watch Video
    Anthony Mason visits with Misty Copeland, the breakthrough star of the American Ballet Theatre and currently in "The Nutcracker," who says change is coming slowly to the world of classical dance.

    EXCERPT: Misty Copeland's "Firebird"
    The ABT ballerina's first children's book shows how to reach soaring heights through hard work and dedication.

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    PASSAGE:
    National Ugly Christmas Sweater Day | Watch Video
    What began as an embarrassment or joke is now a national institution.

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    HISTORY:
    Preserving our nation's film heritage | Watch Video
    In 1891 Thomas Edison, one of the pioneers of the motion picture camera, filmed a short sequence now known as the "Newark Athlete." That strip of celluloid is the oldest of the more than 1.5 million movies and TV shows stored in vast vaults cared for by the Library of Congress.

    From silent films and Hollywood classics through the Golden Age of television, the curators painstakingly maintain the archive as a time capsule of America as told through moving images.

    Martha Teichner goes underground for a look at what is nothing less than a national treasure.

    POLL: What favorite will be added to National Film Registry?

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    HARTMAN:
    Secret Santa saves Christmas (Video)
    On behalf of a wealthy donor, police officers in Kansas City, Missouri, gave away money to unsuspecting drivers. Steve Hartman reports.


    ART:
    "Big Eyes" and the eye-opening story of Margaret Keane | Watch Video
    Back in the 1960s, the images and paintings of Walter Keane, instantly recognizable by their subjects' large, haunting, eyes, were everywhere - on postcards, china plates, you name it. These "big eyes" images became known the world over, and Keane became a household name.

    But as it turned out, Keane was a fraud, taking all the credit for work that was actually done by his wife.

    Our Lee Cowan talks with Margaret Keane, the real artist behind the paintings, and with actress Amy Adams, who plays her in the new Tim Burton movie, "Big Eyes."

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    'TIS THE SEASON: Holiday gift ideas from Techno Claus 2014 | Watch Video
    David Pogue of Yahoo News offers his tech-gift suggestions for the ho-ho-holidays.


    CALENDAR:
    Week of December 15 | Watch Video
    "Sunday Morning" takes a look at some notable events of the week ahead.


    'TIS THE SEASON:
    LEDs take skyscraper seasonal lighting to new heights (Video)
    Christmas lights may be inspired by the original Star of Bethlehem, but LED technology is pushing the bounds of skyscraper lighting to new heights, both for the holidays and year-round. Charles Osgood reports.

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    NATURE:
    Tundra swans at Conesus Lake (Extended Video)
    This week's moment in nature leaves us in the noisy company of tundra swans at Conesus Lake in upstate New York.


    RECAP: December 7


    HEADLINES: Inside the unsuccessful rescue mission of Luke Somers (Video)
    Two hostages held by al Qaeda militants have died after an unsuccessful American rescue mission in Yemen. David Martin reports.


    COVER STORY:
    Sandy Hook survivors: "We're at a tipping point" on gun laws | Watch Video
    It has been two years since the tragic shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., took the lives of 20 children and six educators on December 14, 2012. As the community struggles to heal, a group of teachers has gotten together to try to prevent tragedies like this from ever happening again.

    One of the ways, they feel, is to change the gun laws that allowed a troubled teen to get his hands on such a deadly weapon in the first place.

    In our Cover Story, Jane Pauley sits down with some of the heroic teachers who were able to save their students on that awful day, and who are now banding together to try to prevent similar tragedies in the future.

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    ALMANAC:
    Pearl Harbor | Watch Video
    On Dec, 7, 1941, naval and air forces of Japan attacked the U.S. Naval Base in Hawaii, bringing the nation into World War II.

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    FASHION:
    Verdura, jeweler to the stars (Video)
    What do Sarah Jessica Parker, Whoopi Goldberg, and fashion pioneer Coco Chanel have in common? They are all devotees of jewelry by Verdura. For 75 years the company founded by Italian Duke Fulco di Verdura has been producing stunning pieces that are stunning works of art as well as accessories.

    "CBS This Morning" anchor Norah O'Donnell takes us behind the scenes at Verdura for a close-up look at the unique gems, bracelets and necklaces that have continually captivated the fashion world.

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    SUNDAY PROFILE:
    The "gob-smacked" James Corden | Watch Video
    Mark Phillips introduces us to the actor and comedian who's the newest name in late-night TV.

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    PASSAGE:
    "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer"
    The longest-running Christmas TV special of all is marking its 50th year on air.

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    MOVIES:
    Cecil B. DeMille, showman of the movies | Watch Video
    When it comes to the Golden Age of Hollywood, fewer figures cast a longer shadow than Cecil B. DeMille. His name was synonymous with big-budget, over-the-top blockbusters with sweeping panoramas and "casts of thousands." From "Cleopatra" to "The Greatest Show on Earth" to "The Ten Commandments," DeMille set the gold standard for cinematic spectaculars.

    Rita Braver sits down with the famed director's granddaughter, Cecilia DeMille Presley, for a look back at his life and legacy.

    GALLERY: The spectacles of Cecil B. DeMille
    The consummate showman was behind such Hollywood epics as "The Ten Commandments" and "The Greatest Show on Earth."

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    HARTMAN:
    Fighting for the Christmas spirit (Video)
    Steve Hartman went on the road to Reading, Pa., to see what might be the saddest Christmas tree of all time, and to meet the man who saved it.


    SUNDAY PROFILE:
    Yusuf / Cat Stevens boards the "Peace Train" once again | Watch Video
    Back in the 1970s Cat Stevens was one of the biggest names in music. His hit songs, from "Peace Train" to "Wild World" and "Morning Has Broken," sold millions, and his tours were sell-out affairs around the world.

    Then, at the height of his fame, Stevens simply walked away from it all, becoming a Muslim and changing his name to Yusuf Islam.

    Now he's come full-circle, and for the first time since 1976 is embarking on a U.S. tour. Anthony Mason catches up with Yusuf, the man once known as Cat Stevens, to talk about his fame, his decision to leave music, and what brought him back.

    GALLERY: The musical journey of Yusuf / Cat Stevens
    The singer-songwriter evolved from a teenage pop star and international folk rock artist to a Muslim writing in Middle Eastern styles.

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    HOLIDAYS: The history of the Christmas wreath (Video)
    The evergreen wreath has been a symbol of Christmas for centuries, but its origin remains uncertain. Now wreaths are available in just about any material imaginable. Charles Osgood reports.


    CALENDAR:
    Week of December 8 | Watch Video
    "Sunday Morning" takes a look at some notable events of the week ahead.


    OPINION:
    David Edelstein on the horror film you must see | Watch Video
    Our critic says "The Babadook," Jennifer Kent's seriously scary film from Australia, about a terror from deep, deep, deep inside.

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    NATURE:
    Hot springs of Yellowstone (Extended Video)
    This week's moment in nature takes us to Yellowstone National Park to see the billowing steam at Mammoth Hot Springs.

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