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Top theater chains cancel 'The Interview' showings
NEW YORK (AP) -- The top theater chains in North America have dropped "The Interview" after hackers threatened terrorist attacks at theaters showing the comedy, effectively squashing the Christmas Day release of the film.... 12/17/2014 8:28 PM

New York will move to prohibit fracking
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) -- Gov. Andrew Cuomo's administration will move to prevent fracking in the state, citing unresolved health issues and dubious economic benefits of the widely used gas-drilling technique.... 12/17/2014 6:56 PM

Cuban exile community divided over Obama changes
MIAMI (AP) -- Some Cuban exiles in Miami are outraged, but others are elated that President Barack Obama secretly arranged prisoner exchanges with Cuban leader Raul Castro as part of an effort to normalize relations.... 12/17/2014 7:47 PM

14 charged in deadly 2012 meningitis outbreak
BOSTON (AP) -- In the biggest criminal case ever brought in the U.S. over contaminated medicine, 14 former owners or employees of a Massachusetts pharmacy were charged Wednesday in connection with a 2012 meningitis outbreak that killed 64 people.... 12/17/2014 7:12 PM

Arkansas' model Medicaid experiment in jeopardy
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) -- Arkansas became the first Southern state to expand its Medicaid program in a way that many Republicans found acceptable. The state bought private insurance for low-income people instead of adding them to the rolls of the Medicaid system, which GOP lawmakers considered bloated and inefficient.... 12/17/2014 8:46 PM

Richard C. Hottelet, last of original 'Murrow's Boys,' dies
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) -- Richard C. Hottelet, the last of the original "Murrow's Boys," the pioneering group of wartime journalists hired by CBS radio newsman Edward R. Murrow, has died. He was 97.... 12/17/2014 5:59 PM

Judge: Boy, 14, shouldn't have been executed in SC
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) -- More than 70 years after South Carolina sent a 14-year-old black boy to the electric chair in the killings of two white girls in a segregated mill town, a judge threw out the conviction, saying the state committed a great injustice.... 12/17/2014 7:25 PM

Republican wins Arizona House seat after recount
PHOENIX (AP) -- Republicans will have their largest U.S. House majority in 83 years when the new Congress convenes next month, after a recount in Arizona gave the final outstanding race to a Republican challenger.... 12/17/2014 7:17 PM

1st Florida gay divorce granted by judge
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) -- The first formal divorce for a gay couple in Florida history was granted Wednesday by a Broward County judge who used the case to join other judges in declaring the state's ban on same-sex marriage is unconstitutional.... 12/17/2014 8:00 PM

Scientists: Alcatraz prisoners could have survived
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- The three prisoners who escaped from Alcatraz in one of the most famous and elaborate prison breaks in U.S. history could have survived and made it to land, scientists concluded in a recent study.... 12/17/2014 7:49 PM