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Jeffrey Hamilton/Digital Vision/Thinkstock(TALLAHASSEE, Fla.) -- Same-sex couples in Florida could get married as soon as next month after the U.S. Supreme Court refused to issue a stay.

Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi had filed for a stay while awaiting an appeal hearing before the 11th Circuit Court of Appeal. The Supreme Court, however, decided by a 7-2 margin not to grant the stay. Justices Scalia and Thomas dissented, saying that they would have granted the application for a stay.

In a statement on Friday night, Bondi said that "regardless of the ruling it has always been our goal to have uniformity throughout Florida until the final resolution of the numerous challenges to the voter-approved constitutional amendment on marriage."

Despite her application for a stay being denied, Bondi said that "the Supreme Court has now spoken, and the stay will end on January 5."

It's not clear whether Florida clerks will issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples.


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SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Staples says that more than one million customers' credit and debit cards may have been affected by a September data breach at a number of its stores.

In a press release, the company provided an update on the breach, saying that malware had been deployed to point-of-sale systems at 115 of Staples' 1,400-plus U.S. stores. Two stores were impacted between July 20 and Sept. 16, while 113 were believed to be affected from Aug. 10 through Sept. 16.

In total, the company believes that 1.16 million payment cards may have been affected.

Staples has offered free identity protection services and a free credit report to customers who used a credit or debit card at one of the affected stores during those time periods.

The company also said that its investigation remained ongoing, and that it has retained outside data security experts to investigate.


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Alessandro Drago/iStock/Thinkstock(CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va.) -- The University of Virginia's Board of Visitors on Friday held a meeting to discuss the school's reaction to the Rolling Stone article, which has come under criticism, describing a sexual assault case on campus.

The school's President Teresa Sullivan said on Friday that the concerns about sexual assault didn't start because of the article, noting the 2010 death of women's lacrosse player Yeardley Love at the hands of men's lacrosse player George Huguely. The school also held a public forum on sexual violence in February 2013.

Sullivan also detailed the changes that the university plans to take by January 15 -- the day fraternity rush begins. The changes fall into three categories -- culture changes, prevention and response.

In terms of the school's culture, Sullivan stated her continued frequent meetings with faculty and student groups, a recent Town Hall meeting on sexual assault, and continued review and revision of agreements involving fraternities and organizations.

In order to prevent sexual assaults, the school will upgrade the campus' camera system, enhance lighting and crosswalks near campus, hire ambassadors to provide extra security, intensify University Police Department patrols and implement a "Buddies on Call" program to walk with students at night. Additionally, the school will make their safety app available for personal phones and evaluate and recommend improvements for after-hours student transportation.

Finally, Sullivan said, UVa plans to ask the Charlottesville Police Department to investigate the case described in the Rolling Stone article, hire additional counselors to help students who have been the victims of sexual assault and engage national experts to review their internal response process. Sullivan also mentioned that the school will consider a 24-hour call system to aid in ensuring protecting survivors is a priority.


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Photo by Andrew Councill/MCT/MCT via Getty Images(BETHESDA, Md.) -- The patient admitted to the National Institutes of Health facility in Maryland on Dec. 11 was discharged on Friday without having shown evidence of the Ebola virus.

The patient, who was not publicly identified, had been flown to the NIH facility from an overseas location by private medevac. The hospital said at the time that the patient's admission and isolation was done "out of an abundance of caution."

The patient will complete 21 days of monitoring at a private residence in Virginia, the facility said in a press release.

The patient had been providing bedside nursing care in Sierra Leone prior to being flown to the NIH facility.


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dan_alto/iStock Editorial/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Sony Pictures said Friday that while it has cancelled the theatrical release of The Interview following the hack that the FBI has attributed to North Korea, the idea of an alternate means of releasing the film is not out of the question.

"Sony Pictures Entertainment is and always has been strongly committed to the First Amendment," the statement read. "For more than three weeks, despite brutal intrusions into our company and our employees' personal lives, we maintained our focus on one goal: getting the film The Interview released."

"Free expression should never be suppressed by threats and extortion," the statement added.

Still, on Thursday, after threats of an impending attack on theaters showing the film were leveled by hackers, Sony told theater chains that they did not have to show the film. Several of the largest chains, including AMC and Regal, told Sony that they would not be screening The Interview, which prompted Sony's decision to cancel the Christmas Day theatrical release.

"The decision not to move forward with the December 25 theatrical release of The Interview was made as a result of the majority of the nation's theater owners choosing not to screen the film," Sony said Friday. "This was their decision."

"Let us be clear," Sony said. "The only decision that we have made with respect to release of the film was not to release it on Christmas Day in theaters, after the theater owners declined to show it. Without theaters we could not release it in the theaters on Christmas Day. We had no choice."

Still, Sony maintains that alternate releases are possible. "After that decision, we immediately began actively surveying alternatives to enable us to release the movie on a different platform." The statement also said that "it is still our hope that anyone who wants to see this movie will get the opportunity to do so."


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