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Russian security forces stand guard outside a train station following a suicide attack in the city of Volgograd, about 560 miles southeast of Moscow, on December 29, 2013.(STRINGER/AFP/Getty Images)

• 14 people were killed this morning in the second suicide bombing in Volgograd, Russia in two days. [NPR]

• The number of U.S. universities joining Harvard and Yale in denouncing the American Studies Association over their boycott of Israel? 55 and counting. [JTA]

• New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, whose nine-year term ends tomorrow, spent $650 million on being mayor. [NYT]

• A federal judge has dismissed a religious discrimination lawsuit against Northwestern University, filed after the school cut ties with a campus Chabad house over underage drinking allegations. [JTA]

• WNYC radio host Brian Lehrer, who Batya Ungar Sargon profiled in July, is about to start his 25th year at the station. [NYT]

• The Lower East Side’s last mikveh, on the corner of East Broadway and Grand Street, is housed in a building with a rich Jewish history. [Bedford and Bowery]





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