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money lead

December 1st, 2014
06:26 PM ET

Inside the Amazon operation

New York (CNNMoney) – The future of Amazon has arrived, and it's not a drone.

The online mega-retailer on Monday unveiled its next-generation fulfillment centers, complete with gigantic robotic arms and machines to help prepare customer orders.

Back-end improvements may never be seen by customers, but will reduce the time between when an order is placed and when it arrives on a doorstep, Amazon said. It may also help prevent the kind of fiasco Amazon suffered last year when many orders weren't delivered in time for Christmas.

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national lead

December 1st, 2014
06:19 PM ET

Cops criticize Rams for Ferguson protests

(CNN) – The St. Louis Rams steamrolled the Oakland Raiders 52 to nothing Sunday, but all anyone is talking about is what five players did in the pregame. They walked out of the tunnel, assuming the hands up, don't shoot pose, in solidarity with Ferguson protesters.

The St. Louis Police Officers' union was furious at the gesture.

"The St. Louis Police Officers' Association is profoundly disappointed with the members of the St. Louis Rams football team who chose to ignore the mountains of evidence released from the St. Louis County grand jury this week and engage in a display that police officers around the nation found tasteless, offensive and inflammatory," the association said in a statement.

CNN's Rachel Nichols, and Washington Post columnist Clinton Yates discuss in the video above.

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national lead

December 1st, 2014
06:13 PM ET

Are Facebook posts are protected speech?

Washington (CNN) - The high court will hear oral arguments Monday in the first examination of free speech rights and social media.

The outcome of the groundbreaking case, Elonis v. U.S., could decide the limits of what you post online.

Tara Elonis asked for a protective order from her soon-to-be ex-husband, Anthony.

Not long after, he posted a message on his Facebook page seemingly directed at Tara:

"Fold up your protection from abuse order and put it in your pocket. Is it thick enough to stop a bullet?"

It wasn't the first time Elonis had posted harrowing messages on his Facebook page.

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world lead

December 1st, 2014
06:10 PM ET

FBI warns military of ISIS threat

Washington (CNN) - The FBI issued a warning Sunday to members of the U.S. military that ISIS is calling for attacks against them, according to a law enforcement source, saying that "overseas based individuals are looking for like-minded individuals in the U.S. to carry out these attacks."

"We also request members of the military review their online social media presence for any information that might attract the attention of violent extremists," the bulletin said, advising that members of the military "use caution and practice operational security when posting."

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politics lead

December 1st, 2014
06:03 PM ET

Heated roundtable debate: Where are we post-Ferguson?

(CNN) – President Barack Obama cleared his schedule to hold closed door meetings to tackle Ferguson tensions, as countless protests flared up around the country.

There are deep seated issues at work, and it is going to take much more than protests and a few meetings to bring solutions.

Our roundtable with Washington Post columnist Clinton Yates, CNN senior political commentator Jay Carney, and The Weekly Standard's William Kristol have a heated debate in the video above.

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