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REDONDO BEACH, Calif. (AP) — A woman in Redondo Beach, California has been arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence after police say she ran a red light and hit a group of pedestrians. One person was killed and up to 11 others were injured. Last night's crash happened outside a Church as Christmas service ended. One witness tells a local TV station (KNBC-TV), "Someone ran the red light and bodies started flying. It was pretty horrible."
NEW YORK (AP) — Sony Pictures says it's canceled the Christmas Day release of the comedy movie "The Interview," and says it has "no further release plans for the film." In the movie, James Franco and Seth Rogen play journalists becoming involved in a CIA plot to assassinate North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. North Korea is being blamed for making terror threats against theaters carrying the movie and for hacking of private Sony emails and other information.
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — A South Korean church group has canceled plans to erect a giant Christmas tree near the border with North Korea after locals complained that it could provoke Pyongyang. A spokesman from the Seoul-based Christian Council of Korea says the group faced strong resistance from residents in the border town of Gimpo after it announced plans earlier this month to set up and illuminate a 30-feet tree for two weeks starting Dec. 23.
MOSCOW (AP) — A Russian tycoon placed under house arrest in September in a move that rattled markets has been released from house arrest. A lawyer for Vladimir Yevtushenkov (yehv-too-SHEN'-kahv) tells Interfax news agency that his client was freed Tuesday, just hours before President Vladimir Putin's annual televised press conference. Shares in Sistema, a company that Yevtushenkov controls and manages, surged by more than 30 percent in the early hours of trading on Moscow's stock exchange.
NEW DELHI (AP) — India's space program says it's successfully launched the country's largest rocket and tested the re-entry of an unmanned crew module, part of India's quest to send humans into space. The Indian Space and Research Organization says the 630-ton rocket blasted off from the southern state of Andhra Pradesh. The rocket was carrying the crew module and released it 78 miles above the Earth. The pod, meant for carrying two to three astronauts, splashed down in the Bay of Bengal.
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