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Happy Day: Elton John, David Furnish Marry in England

NEWS | By Gregory Katz | Dec 22
Entertainer Elton John and longtime mate David Furnish officially married Sunday on the ninth anniversary of the day they entered into a civil partnership.

Police Departments on Alert After Cop Killings

NEWS | By Tom Hays | Dec 22
Big-city police departments and union leaders around the country are warning the rank and file to wear bulletproof vests and avoid making inflammatory posts on social media in the days after a man ambushed two officers and shot them to death.

Pope in Blistering Critique of Vatican Bureaucrats

By Nicole Winfield | Dec 22
Pope Francis issued a blistering critique Monday of the Vatican bureaucracy that serves him, denouncing how some people lust for power at all costs, live hypocritical double lives and suffer from "spiritual Alzheimer's" that has made them forget they're s

Two US. Pastors Share 'Golden Enema' in Russia

NEWS | By EDGE | Dec 22
Two anti-gay U.S. pastors were among the many recipients of Russia's Straight Alliance for LGBT Equality's "Golden Enema Award" for 2014 at a gala ceremony held in St. Petersburg on December 18.

AP Poll: Police Killings of Blacks Voted top story of 2014

NEWS | By David Crary | Dec 22
The police killings of unarmed blacks in Ferguson, Missouri, and elsewhere - and the investigations and tumultuous protests they inspired - was the top news story of 2014, according to The Associated Press' annual poll of U.S. editors and news directors.

Morocco's Transgender Dancer Courts Acceptance

NEWS | By Paul Schemm | Dec 22
It was a slow night on the red carpet at the opening of the Marrakech film festival for the photographers and everyone was complaining over the lack of celebrities.

IRS Head Says Budget Cuts Could Delay Tax Refunds

BUSINESS | By Stephen Ohlemacher | Dec 22
Budget cuts at the IRS could delay tax refunds, reduce taxpayer services and hurt enforcement efforts, IRS Commissioner John Koskinen said.

Online Pricing Stumps Holiday Shoppers

STYLE | Dec 22
Online shopping has become as volatile as stock market trading. Wild, minute-by-minute price swings on everything from clothes to TVs have made it difficult for holiday shoppers to "buy low."

1st Drone in Nevada Test Program Crashes in Demo

TECHNOLOGY | By Ken Ritter | Dec 22
An aerial drone testing program got off to a bumpy start Friday in Nevada, when the first unmanned aircraft authorized to fly without direct Federal Aviation Administration supervision crashed during a ceremony at a remote site.

Detroit: Motown, Coney Dogs and Art

TRAVEL | By Beth J. Harpaz | Dec 22
Sure, you'll have to meander through blocks of abandoned houses and lots, but look beyond and discover a city on the brink of a new generation. And grab a Coney dog while you're at it.


News

Chinese Activists Hope Victory Signal End to Gay Conversion

INTERNATIONAL | By Winnie McCroy | Dec 21
In the first ruling of its kind in China, a Beijing court said on Friday that a psychiatric counseling center was in the wrong when it attempted to cure a 30-year-old man of homosexuality with a mix of hypnosis and electric shocks.


Entertainment

'Hobbit' Goes Out On Top With $90.6 Million 5-Day Debut

MOVIES | By Jake Coyle | Dec 21
While Hollywood continued to wrestle with the fallout of the Sony hacking scandal, the weekend box office offered the solace of a moviegoing truism: Hobbits sell.


Business

Gift Guide: Strong Photo, Video Gear Options

CORPORATE | By Ron Harris | Dec 22
What to buy an experienced photographer or video shooter? There is some strong gear on the market from Nikon, GoPro and Domke.


Technology

Storms Could Slow Down Christmas Travel

SCIENCE | Dec 22
Millions of people will be on the road this week, and some storms are possible. Meteorologist Ed Curran of CBS Station WBBM TV in Chicago has his eye on it.


Finance

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.


Cars

Senate Approves New Auto Safety Chief

AUTO NEWS | By Joan Lowy | Dec 18
The Senate confirmed a new administrator to lead the government's auto safety agency, which faces complaints that regulators bungled two high-profile recalls involving faulty ignition switches and exploding air bags.


Style

Pampered Pets That Don Duds Move to the Mainstream

FASHION | By Sue Manning | Dec 20
Creating on-trend outfits is a whole different animal for pet fashion designers, whose work is becoming mainstream as animal lovers look to further pamper their pets.


Health/Fitness

Is Yoga Good for Your Heart?

HEALTH | Dec 18
Research now compares the benefits of yoga to aerobic workouts. Dr. Tara Narula, cardiologist from Lenox Hill Hospital in New York, joins "CBS This Morning" to discuss the new findings.


Travel

Rich Fun on A Low Budget: South Beach Side Streets

By Jennifer Kay | Dec 20
New menu labeling rules from the Food and Drug Administration will require chain restaurants with 20 or more outlets to list the amount of calories in alcoholic drinks, along with other foods, on menus by next November.