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What to do in Birmingham this weekend

We are closing in on Christmas and there are plenty of merry activities around the Magic City this week to help you celebrate the holidays! …

FILE - In this June 15, 2007 file photo, actor and comedian Robin Williams poses for a photo in Santa Monica, Calif. The death of Williams placed fourth on Facebook's list of most popular topics worldwide in 2014, based on the number of posts, comments, likes, photos and videos shared. (AP Photo/Reed Saxon, File)

Top searches on Google in 2014

Robin Williams’ suicide seared into the world’s collective mindset more than anything else this year, based on what people were searching fo…

An armed tactical response police officer grabs a hostage as she flees from a cafe under siege at Martin Place in the central business district of Sydney, Australia, Monday, Dec. 15, 2014. New South Wales state police would not say what was happening inside the cafe or whether hostages were being held. But television footage shot through the cafe's windows showed several people with their arms in the air.
Credit: AP/Rob Griffith

PHOTOS: Hostage situation in Sydney cafe

Three people ran out a fire exit of a Sydney cafe where a gunman took an unknown number of people hostage at the height of Monday morning ru…