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Calling U.S. A ‘Cesspool,’ North Korea Warns Against Escalation

By Bill Chappell on December 22nd, 2014 | Last updated: December 22, 2014 at 3:08 pm

North Korea’s National Defense Commission, which is headed by the country’s leader, Kim Jong Un, said its military was ready to fight America “in all war spaces including cyber warfare space.”

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7 Stories You Should Have Paid More Attention To In 2014

By Davar Ardalan on December 22nd, 2014 | Last updated: December 22, 2014 at 1:07 pm

From Japanese protesters self-immolating in Tokyo to species vanishing from Earth, we learn more about the stories that didn’t make headlines in 2014. Share yours using #2014Stories.

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U.S. Women’s Soccer Team Finishes Second In Brazilian Tournament

By Russell Lewis on December 21st, 2014 | Last updated: December 22, 2014 at 12:06 pm

Brazil and the U.S. played to a 0-0 draw in the final of the International Tournament of Brasilia, giving Brazil the first-place finish overall. None of the games was televised in the U.S.

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Man Who Killed Officers Told Passersby: ‘Watch What I Am Going To Do’

By Scott Neuman on December 21st, 2014 | Last updated: December 22, 2014 at 12:06 pm

Ismaaiyl Brinsley, who shot two NYPD patrolmen, spoke to people on the street just before the shooting took place, according to a police official.

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Kurdish Forces Push Offensive To Retake Sinjar From ISIS

By Scott Neuman on December 21st, 2014 | Last updated: December 22, 2014 at 12:06 pm

Days after breaking the siege of Mount Sinjar and freeing trapped Yazidis there, peshmerga forces were pressing an offensive to retake the town itself from the Islamist militia.

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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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