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  • Sony broadly releases ‘The Interview’ in reversal of plans

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Amid a swell of controversy, backlash, confusion and threats, Sony Pictures broadly released “The Interview” online Wednesday — an unprecedented counterstroke against the hackers who spoiled the Christmas opening of the…

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    Islamic State captures Jordanian pilot; first coalition serviceman to fall into IS hands AMMAN, Jordan (AP) — Islamic State militants captured a Jordanian pilot after his warplane crashed in Syria while carrying out airstrikes Wednesday,…

  • Rogen, Franco, others react to ‘The Interview’ online stream

    NEW YORK (AP) — Celebrities react to Sony’s announcement Wednesday that it released Seth Rogen and James Franco’s North Korea satire, “The Interview,” on digital platforms: — “You wanna watch The Interview?? You can RIGHT…

  • Spain: New king says corruption must be eliminated

    MADRID (AP) — Spain’s new King Felipe VI insisted in his first Christmas Eve speech Wednesday that seemingly endless examples of corruption across the country incensing voters must be stamped out. He did not mention…

  • Christmas parade for dying Utah girl

    FOUNTAIN GREEN, Utah (AP) — A tiny rural town in Utah put on its first-ever Christmas light parade this week in the latest gesture aimed at making the holidays special for a dying little girl.…

  • Christmas Eve for many: Warm, windy and not white

    NEW YORK (AP) — Christmas Eve shaped up to be windy, wet and warm instead of white across much of the country, creating headaches for travelers in the Great Lakes, the Northeast and a storm-battered…

  • Court orders release of jailed real estate mogul

    BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — A federal appeals court ordered the release Wednesday of a real estate mogul who was jailed last week in Montana after being found in contempt of court over his sale of…

  • Who hacked Sony becomes Internet’s new mystery

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Everyone has a theory about who really hacked Sony Pictures Entertainment Inc. Despite President Barack Obama’s conclusion that North Korea was the culprit, the Internet’s newest game of whodunit continues. Top…

  • Colts say they will be all business despite nothing to gain

    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Although the Colts have another AFC South championship banner to hang, they know there is still a lot to play for Sunday when they face the Titans. Indianapolis can’t alter its playoff…

  • US removes Gambia from trade agreement

    DAKAR, Senegal (AP) — Activists have praised the U.S. government’s decision to remove Gambia from a trade agreement in response to human rights abuses, including a law signed in October that imposes life imprisonment for…

  • Figures on government spending and debt

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Figures on government spending and debt (last six digits are eliminated). The government’s fiscal year runs Oct. 1 through Sept. 30. Total public debt subject to limit Dec 23 18,003,748 Statutory debt…

  • Grain lower, livestock mostly lower

    CHICAGO (AP) — Grain futures were lower Wednesday on the Chicago Board of Trade. Wheat for Mar delivery plummeted 24 cents to $6.1150 a bushel; Mar corn was 6.25 cents lower at 4.0775 a bushel;…

  • Ukraine peace talks conclude for night in Minsk

    MINSK, Belarus (AP) — Talks aimed at reaching a stable cease-fire in Ukraine between its government forces and pro-Russian armed groups ended Wednesday after more than five hours, with no indication of progress and questions…

  • Editorial Roundup: Excerpts from recent editorials

    Excerpts from recent editorials in newspapers in the United States and abroad: ___ Dec. 18 Tuscaloosa (Alabama) News on economy being terrorist enemy: What’s a terrorist state to do? Living was so easy in the…

  • Crude falls

    NEW YORK (AP) — Crude oil futures prices ended lower on the New York Mercantile Exchange. The near-month contract for the benchmark grade fell $1.28 — closing at $55.84 a barrel.