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NJ Transgender Student Can Use Boys' Restroom

NATIONAL | Friday Dec 19, 2014
A transgender student in New Jersey who gave up his female identity says his school reversed course and will now allow him to use the boys' restroom.

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ACLU Drops Wisconsin Gay Marriage Lawsuit

By Jason St. | Dec 19
Attorneys who filed a lawsuit seeking legal recognition of hundreds of same-sex marriages performed in June in Wisconsin have dropped their lawsuit after the state said the marriages would be recognized.

'7th Heaven' Actor Stephen Collins Denies He's a Pedophile

NATIONAL | By Frazier Moore | Dec 19
Embattled actor Stephen Collins says he's not a pedophile and insists he has inappropriately touched a minor just once.

'The Interview' Jeopardizes Overseas Movie Villains

INTERNATIONAL | By Lindsey Bahr | Dec 19
In the wake of the startling cancellation of "The Interview," an entire species of movie baddies might be in danger of extinction.

Stephen Colbert Retires His 'Report' and the Host He Played

POLITICS | By Frazier Moore | Dec 19
Nine years of Comedy Central's "The Colbert Report" came to an end Thursday night along with its mythical presiding pundit, as the real-life Stephen Colbert bade the audience farewell.

Innovative California Rabbi Harold Schulweis Dies

RELIGION | Dec 19
Rabbi Harold Schulweis, an influential Conservative synagogue leader and scholar who fostered bold change, has died in Los Angeles at age 89.

A Post-Election Flurry: Obama Tests His Powers

POLITICS | By Jim Kuhnhenn | Dec 19
With a recent streak of activism, President Barack Obama is shaking up the governing status quo and creating a new normal for his successors.

Victory for Plaintiff in China Gay Conversion Case

INTERNATIONAL | Dec 19
A Chinese psychological clinic was ordered Friday to pay compensation to a gay man who sued it for administering electric shocks intended to make him heterosexual, in what is believed to be China's first case involving so-called conversion therapy.

Filipino Family Wants US Marine in Local Jail During Trial

CRIME | By Oliver Teves | Dec 19
A U.S. Marine charged with killing a transgender Filipino woman he picked up in a bar was brought back Friday to the city where the attack occurred two months ago, and lawyers of the victim say they will seek his detention in a local jail during trial.

'Serial' Podcast Airs Season 1 Finale

CULTURE | Dec 19
"Serial," the wildly popular podcast averaging more than a million downloads an episode, has posted the finale to its first season.

Average US 30-Year Loan Rate Falls to 3.80 Percent

REAL ESTATE | Dec 19
Average U.S. long-term mortgage rates fell this week, with the benchmark 30-year loan rate reaching a new low for the year. The rates' historically low levels could be a boon to potential homebuyers.

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