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Streaming release of 'Interview' test for industry
ATLANTA (AP) -- Sony's "The Interview" has been a hacking target, a punchline and a political lightning rod. Now, with its release online at the same time it debuts in theaters, it has a new role: a test for a new kind of movie release.... 12/25/2014 5:57 AM

Mississippi towns regroup after deadly storms
COLUMBIA, Miss. (AP) -- Elizabeth Bordelon planned to go Christmas shopping until nasty weather blowing through southeastern Mississippi convinced her to hold off.... 12/24/2014 10:44 PM

Officer kills armed 18-year-old in suburb near Ferguson
BERKELEY, Mo. (AP) -- The mayor of the St. Louis suburb of Berkeley urged calm Wednesday after a white police officer killed a black 18-year-old who police said pointed a gun at him, reigniting tensions that have lingered since the death of Michael Brown in neighboring Ferguson.... 12/25/2014 5:43 AM

Key developments in case of 2 slain NYPD officers
Two New York police officers were ambushed Saturday by Ismaaiyl Brinsley after he had made threatening posts online, including a vow to put "wings on pigs" and references to high-profile cases of white police officers killing unarmed black men. After shooting the officers, Brinsley ran into a subway station and committed suicide.... 12/24/2014 11:37 PM

NORAD 'tracks' Santa's journey across globe
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) -- Volunteers at the North American Aerospace Defense Command are pretending to monitor Santa Claus as he makes his storybook Christmas Eve flight. So far, NORAD says it used the heat signature from Rudolph's nose to "track" St. Nick over spots ranging from Australia to South America and on to the United States.... 12/25/2014 4:50 AM

Blizzard gives Hawaii summits a White Christmas
HONOLULU (AP) -- Some people in Hawaii are dreaming of a White Christmas.... 12/24/2014 11:35 PM

Christmas Eve shooting kills 1 at Louisiana mall
GRETNA, La. (AP) -- A man who was shopping at a suburban New Orleans mall on Christmas Eve was shot to death at close range and a suspect was in custody, police said.... 12/25/2014 5:29 AM

Dreaming of a white Christmas? Go West
NEW YORK (AP) -- If it's a white Christmas you're after, you'd better follow this familiar advice: Go West.... 12/25/2014 6:11 AM

Report: Ebola survival improving in Sierra Leone
One year into the world's worst Ebola outbreak, doctors are reporting an encouraging sign: About 70 percent of patients in a hard-hit area of Sierra Leone now survive.... 12/24/2014 11:49 PM

Denver shelters cite legal pot in homeless upswing
DENVER (AP) -- Chris Easterling was sick of relying on drug dealers in Minneapolis when he needed marijuana to help ease the pain of multiple sclerosis. They were flaky, often leaving the homeless man without the drug when he needed relief the most.... 12/24/2014 2:14 PM