Detroit, Michigan - The Toyota Camry Hybrid is the best overall value for the automotive dollar according to Consumer Reports’ 2014 Annual New-Car Value Rankings.

Los Angeles, California - Conventional wisdom holds that changing the views of voters on divisive issues is difficult if not impossible - and that when change does occur, it is almost always temporary.

Berkeley, California - “Infobesity,” “lumbersexual,” “phablet.” As usual, the items that stand out as candidates for word of the year are like its biggest pop songs, catchy but ephemeral. But even a fleeting expression can sometimes encapsulate the zeitgeist. That’s why I’m nominating “God view” for the honor.

Davis, California - Get a closer look at California’s 1,600 bee species, dig into food through poetry and art, explore the darker side of Cinderella and follow an exploration of spiritual practice through three decades of letters with poet Gary Snyder. Those are a few of the books by University of California, Davis, faculty and graduates available this holiday season. The writings range from academic works examining food safety and pollution to a supernatural story for young readers and an erotic novel.

Washington, DC - It's cool to sleep in the buff and that's good for you, according to the Association of Mature American Citizens.

Palm Springs, California (BPT) - Have you ever admired a coffee table cleverly fabricated using a discarded door sitting on a frame? Or been surprised by the sight of an old refrigerator reborn as a bookshelf or TV cabinet? Even bathroom fixtures have been known to draw notice (and a snicker or two) when repurposed as garden containers.