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Supreme Court clears way for same-sex marriage in parts of Florida

Fri, 12/19/2014 - 7:48pm
The Supreme Court declined to review a Florida marriage case today, effectively allowing same-sex marriages to begin in some parts of the state as soon as Jan. 6. Florida had appealed to the Supreme Court after a federal appeals court in Atlanta refused to stay a district judge’s decision to overturn the state’s marriage amendment. Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi has argued Florida needs uniform marriage laws. Because the original lawsuit named only one county clerk, questions
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Atheists try to squelch the Christmas spirit in Indiana

Fri, 12/19/2014 - 5:23pm
UPDATE: The nativity scene in Brookville, Ind., will remain in place until the day after Christmas, said an attorney representing the city. Peter Breen, the vice president of the Thomas More Society, said his organization had reached an agreement with the ACLU of Indiana to allow the display remain in place through Christmas: “The parties will now litigate the case on a normal schedule, without the threat of an emergency injunction forcing the removal of the nativity scene
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A better way than enjoying failure

Fri, 12/19/2014 - 5:10pm
One of the weirdest and most unpleasant aspects of sports is a fan’s intense desire for opponents to fail. I have certainly been party to this sentiment, rooting for Brett Favre, Chris Webber, Paul Konerko, the Chicago Bears, and other rivals to fall flat. It’s become accepted part of fandom. After all, there must be a winner and a loser, right? But that doesn’t make rooting for failure much more palatable or profitable. Last weekend two of the NFL’s most polarizing and
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All’s well in Warren

Fri, 12/19/2014 - 3:58pm
I just got through to the secretary of the mayor’s office of the Detroit suburb of Warren, Mich., and asked her if there is a holiday display this year at the town’s City Hall. Without missing a beat, she said, “You mean the nativity scene?”—which is a curious answer when you think about it, because if you were to walk through the atrium of that municipal building today you would find besides the crèche, a lighted tree, snowmen, reindeer, ribbons, ornaments, wreathes, and a
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Campus consequences of the sexual revolution

Fri, 12/19/2014 - 2:38pm
With so much reporting lately—some of it reckless and shoddy—on the moral state of affairs on university campuses, I spoke with John Stonestreet of the Chuck Colson Center for Christian Worldview about the sexual revolution and the challenges it poses for young people. “We’re seeing this so-called sexual freedom take its toll on university campuses,” Stonestreet said. Though some reports about a rape culture on college campuses might be overblown, the reality of how sexually
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Globe Trot: Iraqi Christians celebrate hope in the time of despair

Fri, 12/19/2014 - 1:40pm
IRAQ: The displaced Christians in Iraq are bold with Christmas trees and other displays, despite the danger they face. “Don’t be surprised that Iraq’s persecuted Christian communities will be celebrating Christmas,” an Iraqi Christian there told me today. “The persecuted Iraqis identify with the trials and tribulations of Jesus Christ, while embracing the Christian theme of redemption, which offers us hope in the time of despair.” CUBA: Some evangelicals are
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Top video games of 2014

Fri, 12/19/2014 - 12:10pm
Video games don’t have to be mindless entertainment that bring out the worst in human nature. They can teach empathy, offer reminders of our need for salvation and fellowship, and educate us about people and places we might never come into contact with in real life. The following 10 games offer Christian gamers more than a way to blast through a few hours and an alien or two. Octodad: Dadliest Catch (PS4, PC) puts players in control of a father and asks them to complete simple tasks like
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Midday Roundup: FBI formally accuses North Korea of Sony hack

Fri, 12/19/2014 - 12:00pm
Cyber movie mayhem. The Obama administration is taking seriously what may be the most extensive cyberattack in U.S. history. FBI officials announced this morning they were formally accusing North Korea of perpetrating the sophisticated attack against Sony Pictures. White House spokesman Josh Earnest on Thursday said the situation has the president’s full attention. Earnest said a “proportional response” is needed but didn’t say what that might be. The attackers released damaging
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‘Grinch’ governor vetoes New York adoption tax credit

Fri, 12/19/2014 - 11:35am
NEW YORK—The New York legislature in June unanimously passed a bill providing a tax deduction for families adopting children out of the foster care system. On Wednesday, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo vetoed it. Cuomo, in his veto memo, said he supported the policy behind the bill but that it was “overly broad” and should be debated in the budget session. The governor’s office did not immediately return a request for further comment. Despite his rationale in vetoing the adoption
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Should students be able to pass the U.S. citizenship test?

Fri, 12/19/2014 - 11:20am
“How many U.S. Senators are there?” and “Why does the flag have 13 stripes?” Immigrants must answer questions like these to become U.S. citizens, and an effort is underway in some states to make students answer the same questions to become high-school graduates. To pass the civics section of the naturalization test, immigrants must correctly answer six out of 10 questions, drawn from a list of 100 on the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services website.  Citizenship
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Departures

Fri, 12/19/2014 - 1:00am
Edmund Abel April 2 | 92 | Contract engineer who designed the Mr. Coffee drip brewing machine launched in 1972. Fouad Ajami June 22 | 68 | Middle East scholar and director of the Middle East Studies program at Johns Hopkins, the Lebanese-American of Shiite descent for 27 years wrote commentary for The Wall Street Journal , supported war in Iraq but became a critic of its Shiite-led government. John F. Akers Aug. 22 | 79 | Chief executive of IBM (1985-1993), a turbulent time that saw the
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Lap dogs and attack hounds

Fri, 12/19/2014 - 1:00am
My votes for the worst reporting of 2014
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The use and abuse of stories

Fri, 12/19/2014 - 1:00am
Events like Rolling Stone’s flawed rape story can make a culture jaded and cynical
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Sights and sounds

Fri, 12/19/2014 - 1:00am
WORLD Radio keeps us connected to you
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Chocolate shop terror

Fri, 12/19/2014 - 1:00am
A standoff inside a Sydney café caps a year plagued by lone wolf attacks 
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Looking Ahead

Fri, 12/19/2014 - 1:00am
Jan. 5   Residents of Mumbai, India, can resume using firecrackers today when the city’s annual temporary ban on noise pollution expires. Every year, Mumbai city officials ban firecrackers or other noisemakers that can reach more than 105 decibels in otherwise cacophonous New Year’s celebrations in the city. Jan. 6   Unless a federal court intervenes, gay couples in Florida will be able to obtain marriage licenses beginning today. In 2014, a federal district court judge
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‘We can’t wait’

Fri, 12/19/2014 - 1:00am
Selma gives an engaging behind-the-scenes look at a powerful moment in U.S. history
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Into the Woods

Fri, 12/19/2014 - 1:00am
Once upon a time, a childless baker (James Corden) and his wife (Emily Blunt) wished for a baby. Enter stage right, with a bang and a puff of smoke, a gnarled old witch (Meryl Streep) who will break the curse on their house and grant their desire—if they bring her four things from the nearby woods. What things, you ask? Lean in close, and I’ll tell: a cloak as red as blood (Red Riding Hood), a cow as white as milk (Jack and the Beanstalk), a lock of yellow hair (Rapunzel), and a shoe
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Tolkien take away

Fri, 12/19/2014 - 1:00am
Peter Jackson’s vision dominates Hobbit series
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2014 News of the Year

Fri, 12/19/2014 - 1:00am
Now 14 years into a new millennium, the year jerked us back to a past we thought we’d left in the fossil dust of some other century. Beheadings? Soviet-style conflict? Runaway epidemic?
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