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General Manager Delaney looks up at the marquee sign after the announcement that the Plaza Theatre would be showing the movie  "The Interview" in Atlanta
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Sony Puts The Interview Online

The beleaguered studio released the controversial Seth Rogen–James Franco comedy on several streaming sites Wednesday afternoon, in a move that sidesteps concerns about online threats made against theaters that show the film

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Christmas Eve Travel Chaos

Twas the night before Christmas, and all over the land / Rain canceled flights, and patience was in great demand

Center For Disease Control Director Tom Frieden Addresses The Media On Ebola Case In U.S.

Ebola Exposure in Atlanta

Up to a dozen workers at the CDC's Atlanta campus may have been exposed to a misplaced sample of the Ebola virus

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Missouri Mayor Urges Calm

The mayor of the St. Louis suburb where a teenager was shot and killed Tuesday after authorities claim he pointed a gun at an officer called for calm Wednesday and sought to distance the incident from the August police-involved shooting in nearby Ferguson

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Pope Wishes Iraqi Refugees Merry Christmas

Pope Francis placed a phone call to an Iraqi refugee camp on Wednesday to inform families displaced by the conflict that they were in his thoughts this Christmas. "Dear brothers, I am close to you," the Pope told refugees outside of the Kurdish city of Erbil

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How to Keep Tabs on Santa This Christmas

Thanks to the North American Aerospace Defense Command center, kids can track the progress of Santa Claus' sleigh. The U.S. government can't yet tell them what's inside those gift-wrapped boxes, though (as far as we know)

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FDA to Allow Gay Blood Donors

The Food and Drug Administration announced on Tuesday it would recommend allowing men who have sex with men to donate blood one year after their last sexual contact, in a move that would ease a decades-long indefinite ban and likely boost the national donor supply

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Former President George H.W. Bush Hospitalized

Bush Sr. was brought to a hospital in Houston on Tuesday night, a precautionary measure after experiencing shortness of breath. Houston Methodist Hospital said in a statement that the 41st President ”will be held for observation"

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Second Batch of Madonna Songs Leaks Online

14 more songs by the Material Girl found their way online Wednesday, only days after 13 demos appeared online without the performer’s permission. The singer already released six songs from her upcoming album in response to the earlier leak

Police Athletic League's 25th Annual Women of the Year Luncheon

Ray Kelly on Mayor de Blasio: ‘This Isn’t the Campaign’

The former police chief speaks out on the murder of two NYPD officers, the Eric Garner case and what Mayor Bill de Blasio doesn't get about New York cops. "He talked about stop-question-and-frisk, but I don’t think he fully understood the nuances of it," said Kelly

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Jordanian Pilot Captured by ISIS

The Islamic State of Iraq and Greater Syria claimed to have captured a Jordanian pilot attacking targets in northeastern Syria, the first capture of an allied fighter in the four-month war against the Islamist extremist group

File photo of Roman Polanski posing with Best Director award for "La Venus A La Fourrure" at the 39th Cesar Awards ceremony in Paris

Roman Polanski's Bid to Dismiss 1977 Sex Case Denied

The Oscar-winning director lost his latest bid to have a California court dismiss his case when a judge rejected a motion for a new hearing on the grounds that Polanski remains a fugitive from the U.S. after pleading guilty to unlawful sex with a minor in 1977