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Will 'The Interview' change how Hollywood does business?
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- "The Interview" was never supposed to be a paradigm-shifting film. But unusual doesn't even begin to describe the series of events that transpired over the past few weeks, culminating in the truly unprecedented move by a major studio to release a film in theaters and on digital platforms simultaneously....

In 2014, US economy began shaky, finished strong
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The U.S. economy flexed its old muscles in 2014....

Thousands attend 8-hour wake for slain NYC officer
NEW YORK (AP) -- Thousands of uniformed police officers from New York City and around the country gathered Friday at the solemn, eight-hour wake of a city policeman who was killed along with his partner in a brazen daytime shooting a week ago....

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

PlayStation, Xbox outages spark debate over hacker claims
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- Sony's PlayStation network remained offline Friday on the second day of an outage that began roiling the online world just as eager video game players were unwrapping new consoles on Christmas morning....

Study: Marijuana use has increased in Colorado
DENVER (AP) -- Colorado emerged as the state with the second-highest percentage of regular marijuana users as it began legalizing the drug, according to a new national study....

1990s TV star 'Screech' charged in bar stabbing
Dustin Diamond, who played Screech on the 1990s TV show "Saved by the Bell," was charged Friday with stabbing a man during a bar fight on Christmas....

Cleveland reaches 50 years of sports futility
CLEVELAND (AP) -- For this golden anniversary, there won't be any gifts exchanged or champagne-sipping celebrations....

4 dead in fiery Northern California car crash
FAIR OAKS, Calif. (AP) -- Two vehicles collided head-on in a fiery crash near Sacramento, California, leaving four people dead and two more seriously injured....

Scientists target mess from Christmas tree needles
NEW YORK (AP) -- The presents are unwrapped. The children's shrieks of delight are just a memory. Now it's time for another Yuletide tradition: cleaning up the needles that are falling off your Christmas tree....

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