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Supreme Court Clears Way For Same-Sex Marriages In Florida

By Bill Chappell on December 19th, 2014 | Last updated: December 19, 2014 at 9:38 pm

The Supreme Court declined to extend a stay on a ruling by U.S. District Judge Robert L. Hinkle, who said in August that Florida’s 2008 ban is unconstitutional. The stay expires in January.

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CEO Says Sony Pictures ‘Did Not Capitulate,’ Is Exploring Options

By Bill Chappell on December 19th, 2014 | Last updated: December 19, 2014 at 7:38 pm

Melissa Block talks to Sony Pictures CEO Michael Lynton about the cyber attack against his company and the cancellation of the Christmas Day release of The Interview.

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Obama Says ‘James Flacco.’ The Internet Says, Thank You

By Bill Chappell on December 19th, 2014 | Last updated: December 19, 2014 at 6:38 pm

It was an honest mistake. But when President Obama said “James Flacco” when referring to James Franco — on a Friday before the holidays, no less — the slip was eagerly received online.

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New EPA Standards Label Toxic Coal Ash Non-Hazardous

By Scott Neuman on December 19th, 2014 | Last updated: December 19, 2014 at 6:38 pm

Environmental groups had sought to have coal ash, a byproduct of coal-fired power plants, regulated as hazardous waste.

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St. Louis Grand Jury Heard Witnesses Who Lied, Prosecutor Says

By Bill Chappell on December 19th, 2014 | Last updated: December 19, 2014 at 5:38 pm

Weeks after he announced a grand jury’s decision not to indict a Ferguson, Mo., police officer in Michael Brown’s death, prosecutor Robert McCulloch explains some of his own decisions in the case.

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Apple Responds To BBC On Conditions At Asian iPhone Suppliers

By Scott Neuman on December 19th, 2014 | Last updated: December 19, 2014 at 3:39 pm

Jeff Williams, the tech giant’s vice president for operations, told British-based employees that Apple has done more than any other company to ensure fair and safe working conditions.

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Instagram Is Now Valued At $35 Billion By Citigroup Analysts

By Bill Chappell on December 19th, 2014 | Last updated: December 19, 2014 at 3:39 pm

Less than three years ago, Facebook purchased Instagram for $1 billion. The photo-sharing service is said to have more than 300 million users.

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Obama’s Wide-Ranging, Year-End News Conference

By Scott Neuman on December 19th, 2014 | Last updated: December 19, 2014 at 7:38 pm

The president discussed issues ranging from normalization of relations with Cuba to Sony Pictures’ decision to cancel release of the film ‘The Interview’ after a North Korean hack attack.

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Obama Says Sony Should Not Have Pulled Film Over Threats

By Eyder Peralta on December 19th, 2014 | Last updated: December 19, 2014 at 7:38 pm

“That’s not what America’s about,” the president said in a news conference, calling the cancellation of The Interview‘s release a “mistake.” The FBI has accused North Korea of being behind the attack.

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Education Dept. Issues Framework For New College Rating System

By Scott Neuman on December 19th, 2014 | Last updated: December 19, 2014 at 12:38 pm

The draft plan indicates that such factors as access, affordability and student outcomes will be key to the system first announced by President Obama in 2013.

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