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As Uber Expands, It Asks Cities For Forgiveness Instead Of Permission

In 2014, Uber became one of the most valuable privately held companies on Earth. It expanded to more than 200 cities, but criticism and legal battles have ballooned in parallel with its revenues.
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A Split View On Obamacare's Past And Future

The Affordable Care Act created insurance subsidies that are under legal challenge. The Supreme Court will hear arguments in 2015 and could rule against a key provision of the law.
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Getting High Safely: Aspen Launches Marijuana Education Campaign

Authorities in the Colorado city have dispersed information brochures on the do's and don'ts of marijuana use. It lists facts such as where pot is legal and how long the high takes to set in.
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Oregon Woman Released From East Timor Prison

Stacey Addison of Portland was arrested in September after crossing from Indonesia into East Timor. She shared a taxi with a stranger who had picked up a package that police say contained drugs.
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'The Interview', Greeted By Sold-Out Shows, May Net Millions This Weekend

The North-Korea-infuriating comedy received a limited release on Christmas, mostly in independent theaters, after hacker-threatened Sony Pictures first pulled the film then made it available.
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How 'The Interview' May Change How Big Studios Do Business

Sony's release of The Interview via streaming Internet services and in theaters at the same time is unprecedented for a major studio film and raises questions about the economics of future releases.
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After The Presents, A Buttery Tea Cake Tradition

For one family in Overland Park, Kan., it's not Christmas without Mrs. Lawrence. The tea cake, rich with butter and spices, is named for the neighbor who would hand deliver it every holiday season.
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Chicago Officials Spar With South Dakota Over Airport Ads

Ads touting the business climate in South Dakota will go up at Chicago's O'Hare airport in January. The city rejected the first round of ads, which compared Chicago's treatment of business to the TSA.
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Economy Weathers A Bad Winter And Other Storms To Finish 2014 Strong

Early in 2014, the economy was floored by the polar vortex — plus, businesses and consumers were dazed by a government shutdown and debt limit fight. But it rebounded, and analysts are optimistic.
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Employers Help Legal Immigrants On Path To Citizenship

Some firms are helping their legal immigrant employees by bringing citizenship workshops and legal assistance to the jobsite. About 100 companies in seven cities are participating in the program.

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