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PESHAWAR, Pakistan (AP) — Authorities in Pakistan have raised the death toll from yesterday's school massacre to 148. They say some critically wounded members of the school staff died overnight, including the school principal, who had locked herself in a bathroom, but couldn't escape militants, who threw a grenade through the bathroom vent. More than 130 of those killed at the military-run school were children and a three-day mourning period began today.
NEW YORK (AP) — Threats from a shadowy group that hacked and leaked private emails at Sony Pictures Entertainment have prompted the cancellation of tomorrow night's New York premiere of "The Interview." The comedy is about two American TV journalists involved in a CIA plot to assassinate North Korea's leader. There's been speculation about a North Korean link to the Sony hacking and threats against theaters showing the movie.
BRUSSELS (AP) — A European Union court has ordered the Palestinian group Hamas removed from the EU terrorist list based on a technicality. The court says Hamas had been put on the EU terror list based on press and Internet reports and not on "acts examined and confirmed in decisions of competent authorities." The court's ruling is based on a technicality, so it says any Hamas asset freezes should stay in place for three months pending further EU actions.
FREETOWN, Sierra Leone (AP) — Community leaders and Ebola surveillance teams are going house-to-house in neighborhoods in and around Sierra Leone's capital to search for the sick. The country's president launched "Operation Western Area Surge" today. While infection rates appear to be stabilizing or declining in neighboring Guinea and Liberia, Sierra Leone is still seeing a surge of cases, especially the Western Area, which includes Freetown and its surroundings. The operation will last 14 days.
DENVER (AP) — Colorado plans today to award more than $8 million for medical marijuana research. The grants to be awarded by the state Board of Health would go to studies on whether marijuana helps treat epilepsy, brain tumors, Parkinson's disease and post-traumatic stress disorder. The grants are outside of the usual federal channels for approving marijuana research, a process that some say stymies pot research.
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