Yes, I was rather late with the links. However, here are some interesting stories for your enjoyment:
Down to the Wire - SB Nation
The Oregon militia standoff, explained - Vox. Thugs and jackasses, pure and simple.
Smoking Bishop: A Boozy Christmas Drink Brimming With English History - The Salt
Still Ales: What You Need to About the Flat Beer Trend - Bloomberg. This one doesn't sound like the trend for me
Why the Porter Ranch gas leak could take months to fix - Los Angeles Times
Four elements earn permanent seats on the periodic table - Science News
How 'The Weeping Time' became a lost piece of Georgia history - Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Can a French Friar End the 21st-Century Slave Trade? - Vanity Fair
The Man Who Tried To Redeem the World with Logic - Nautilus
The Long Con - Indianapolis Monthly. This story is from 2013, but it is part of their "12 Days of Longform" feature, and I love a good Ponzi scheme story.
Our 47 Weirdest Charts from 2015 - Fivethirtyeight
Donald Trump's Strongest Supporters: A Certain Type of Democrat - The Upshot