The Brief

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

Severe Weather Mississippi

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

What the Waves Did to Aceh

On Dec. 26, 2004, the Asian tsunami destroyed much of the restive Indonesian province of Aceh. But it also paved the way for its resurgence and autonomy. Now, as it embraces hard-line Islam, its people are asking "What next?" while the threat of conflict is never far away

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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

Ebola outbreak in Sierra Leone

Sierra Leone Declares 5-Day Lockdown in Ebola-Hit North

The northern parts of Sierra Leone will be locked down for five days as a measure to contain the Ebola epidemic, with Christmas celebrations being the only exception. Sierra Leone recently overtook Liberia as the country with the highest number of Ebola infections

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

US-MUSIC-GRAMMY AWARDS-ARRIVALS

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

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