10:51am

Fri December 19, 2014
Economy/Labor/Biz

Cannabis News Roundup: 12.19.14

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No charges for officer with pounds of pot… Tommy Chong, Peter Thiel & Rick Steves… Vape oil potency questioned… and more.

COPS & COURTS

No charges likely for officer with marijuana  // ContraCostaTimes.com   He says four pounds of marijuana in his home was being use to train his police dog.

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10:31am

Fri December 19, 2014
The Two-Way

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

Originally published on Fri December 19, 2014 3:02 pm

President Obama speaks in the Brady Press Briefing Room at the White House during a media briefing last month.
Manuel Balce Ceneta AP

Updated at 6 p.m. ET

President Obama spoke to reporters in a year-end news conference at the Brady Press Briefing Room at the White House.

One of the topics that came up was Sony Pictures Entertainment's decision to cancel distribution of the film The Interview following North Korea's cyber attack against the company's servers.

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10:15am

Fri December 19, 2014
Movie Interviews

Meryl Streep: The Fresh Air Interview

Originally published on Fri December 19, 2014 10:48 am

Meryl Streep won a Golden Globe for her performance as Margaret Thatcher in The Iron Lady. She talks about preparing for that role and how her perceptions of herself have changed over the years.

Originally broadcast Feb. 6, 2012.

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10:15am

Fri December 19, 2014
Movie Reviews

The Strange World — And Life — Of 'Mr. Turner'

Originally published on Fri December 19, 2014 10:48 am

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10:15am

Fri December 19, 2014
Television

J.K. Simmons On Playing A Neo-Nazi On HBO's 'Oz'

Originally published on Fri December 19, 2014 10:48 am

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9:09am

Fri December 19, 2014
The Two-Way

Obama Says Sony Should Not Have Pulled Film Over Threats

Originally published on Fri December 19, 2014 4:04 pm

Updated at 6:00 p.m. ET

President Obama called Sony's decision to pull its film The Interview, following threats to movie theaters, a "mistake."

"We cannot have a society in which some dictator someplace can start imposing censorship here in the United States," the president said in his year-end news conference.

He added that he was "sympathetic" to Sony's concerns, but, "I wish they would have spoken to me first."

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9:00am

Fri December 19, 2014
The Salt

How Peppermint Tricks Us Into Feeling (Deliciously) Cold

Even in the coldest months, we relish the refreshing, icy taste of peppermint — in seasonal treats like peppermint bark, peppermint schnapps, even peppermint beer.

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8:38am

Fri December 19, 2014
It's All Politics

Advocacy Groups Tell Lawmakers To Back Off

Originally published on Fri December 19, 2014 1:00 pm

Workers with the Pebble Mine project test-drill in July 2007 in the Bristol Bay region of Alaska near the village of Iliamma.
Al Grillo AP

Three advocacy organizations — across ideological lines — are telling congressional investigators to back off in a probe of EPA ties to a leading environmental group, the Natural Resources Defense Council.

Republican Rep. Darrell Issa of California and Sen. David Vitter of Louisiana are leading the investigation. They contend that NRDC lobbyists have exerted too much influence over EPA on the issues of carbon reduction and the proposed Pebble Mine at Bristol Bay, Alaska.

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8:30am

Fri December 19, 2014
Goats and Soda

A Nurse's Desperate Plea: Show Me The Ebola Money

A body bag and some wooden sticks were used to fashion this stretcher.
Courtesy of Karin Huster

I found her curled up in the fetal position on the ground, under a piece of cardboard wet from the rain, breathing quietly. Dried blood all around her mouth. Naked. Most likely she had stumbled from her ward in the middle of the night, making it past the gates meant to separate the area where patients live from the triage area, where ambulances pull in — gates that frustratingly still won't close.

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7:57am

Fri December 19, 2014
The Two-Way

Education Dept. Issues Framework For New College Rating System

Originally published on Fri December 19, 2014 8:59 am

Beginning next year, colleges and universities will be judged on three broad criteria when it comes to meting out federal financial aid: access, affordability and student outcomes, according to a new "framework" released by the Education Department.

The ratings plan was first announced by President Obama in August 2013, but the framework announced today is only an interim step. Public input is being sought by Feb. 17 on the proposed system.

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