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Florida to begin recognizing same-sex marriages following Supreme Court stay denial

The U.S. Supreme Court denied a request on Friday from Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi to extend a stay preventing gay marriages in the state, The Miami Herald reports. Florida can thus begin recognizing same-sex marriages on Jan....Show More Summary

Rand Paul just picked a Twitter fight with Marco Rubio over Cuba

With Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), a potential 2016 candidate, serving as the Republican Party's point man in criticizing President Obama's normalization of relations with Cuba, Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.), another 2016 candidate, has seized the opportunity to draw a distinction between himself and others in his party. Show More Summary

Jeb Bush's Hillary problem: The Bushes and Clintons have become very cozy

Jeb Bush, who earlier this week announced that he would "actively explore" a presidential run in 2016, has been notably less gung-ho about attacking Hillary Clinton, the presumed Democratic candidate, than his Republican peers. A detail in a story by Politico's Maggie Haberman might explain why: How hard he will hit Clinton remains to be seen. Show More Summary

Vladimir Putin: The West wants to turn the Russian bear into a 'stuffed animal'

Russian President Vladimir Putin on Thursday accused the United States and Europe of trying to undermine Moscow's finances. Likening Russia to the metaphorical bear, Putin said that even if said bear eschewed a policy of "chasing around...Show More Summary

Archaeologists discover ancient stamps that could support existence of the Bible's David and Solomon

These clay stamps don't look like much, but they might help historians understand a lingering question surrounding ancient Israel. IronAge IIA seals found E of Gaza add 2 support a 10th c BC Kingdom of #Israel, #archaeology, More Summary

Marco Rubio: Obama's Cuba policy emboldened Iran to get nukes

Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) continued his assault on the Obama administration's move to thaw relations with Cuba, writing in a Wall Street Journal op-ed that the decision gave Iran a blueprint for bullying President Obama into letting it acquire nuclear weapons. Show More Summary

32 Simple (and Free) Ways to Entertain Your Kids

Winter break is upon us, so you know what that means: last-minute holiday shopping, travel preparations, and children bouncing off the walls awaiting the arrival of Santa Claus. If you’ve already made arrangements for your little ones, kudos to you. Show More Summary

Gunman kills two NYC cops in ambush shooting

A lone gunman on Saturday shot and killed two New York City police officers in Brooklyn before taking his own life in an armed standoff. The shooter, 28-year-old Ismaaiyl Brinsley, is believed to have killed his ex-girlfriend near Baltimore earlier Saturday before heading north and vowing on social media to kill police officers, too. Show More Summary

10 Financial And Helpful Moves To Make Every Year

The end of the year is always the best time to reflect and plan. I’d like to share several financial moves you should make before the new year in order to protect your wealth and hopefully grow your wealth in a risk-adjusted manner next year. Those of us who invested in stocks, real estate, and many Read More...

House hunting: 7 lovely Victorian-era homes

New Orleans. Built in 1870, this six-bedroom house sits in the Bouligny District. The interior features 12 working fireplaces, wainscoting, two double parlors, and a gourmet kitchen. The home has retained many of its period architectural details, including original hardwood floors, ceiling medallions, and arched doorways. Show More Summary

Staples Estimates Hackers Breached 1.16 Million Credit Cards

Internal investigation finds traces of malware infecting sales systems at up to 115 locations

Putin hits back at new sanctions: 'No one will succeed in intimidating us'

Russian President Vladimir Putin said new sanctions from the European Union and United States were put in place, "just for the mere fact that we exist." "Obviously, no one will succeed in intimidating us, to deter, to isolate Russia," he added in remarks reported by Reuters. Show More Summary

Miss World pageant nixes swimsuit round from competition

Saying that the Miss World pageant should be focused more on "outreach, and what a woman could do with a title like Miss World," the organization announced that future pageants will not include a swimsuit round. "It isn't the path they're trying to take," Chris Wilmer, the national director of Miss World America, told ABC News. Show More Summary

Russian tax collectors are seizing cats as collateral

That's cold, Siberia. Tax collectors in Russia have apparently discovered a good way to get people to pay off their debts — by threatening to seize their cats, BBC News reports. Local news sources have reported on several instances in which the felines were eyed as collateral when their owners refused to pay up. Show More Summary

Best Home Equity Loan Rates for 2014

  Home equity loans hold undeniable appeal for many homeowners. They’re a convenient way to unlock some cash by tapping the value built up in your home — money you otherwise won’t see unless you sell your home for a profit. Though you...Show More Summary

Black Coffee: Da Plane! Da Plane! Welcome to Fantasy Island.

It’s time to sit back, relax and enjoy a little joe … Welcome to another rousing edition of Black Coffee, your off-beat weekly round-up of what’s been going on in the world of money and personal finance. Happy holidays, everyone! We’re in the home stretch; less than four shopping days until Christmas. Okay, off we […]

Read JFK's 1961 letter to a little girl promising that the Soviets won't stop Santa Claus

’Tis the season…for thermonuclear conflict? Such was the concern of one 8-year-old Michelle Rochon in 1961; she wrote a letter to President John F. Kennedy asking if Soviet nuclear tests at the North Pole would disrupt Santa Claus' schedule for Christmas deliveries. Show More Summary

Small Business Saturday: Building a Brewery at Proclamation Ale Co.

For longtime musician Dave Witham, crafting beer at his new brewery, Proclamation Ale Co., is a creative process that’s equally, if not more, satisfying than making music. That doesn’t mean launching a nano brewery has been easy for the Rhode Island resident — or without its own long hours. Show More Summary

Raul Castro thanks Obama for 'a new chapter,' but affirms Cuba's communist rule

Cuban President Raul Castro spoke at the end of his country's legislative session on Saturday, cheering "a new chapter" between the United States and Cuba, The New York Times reports. Castro promised that his country will push forward...Show More Summary

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