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WASHINGTON (AP) — Sony Pictures is bristling after President Barack Obama's assertion that it made a mistake about its shelving of the movie "The Interview," which rubbed North Korea the wrong way. Obama said during a news conference that the decision set a bad precedent and that he wished Sony execs had spoken to him first. Sony has responded by saying it canceled the Christmas Day release only after all major theater chains decided not to screen it. The president says there will be a measured response against those who hacked Sony. The FBI says the crime is tied to North Korea.
SYDNEY (AP) — A woman has been arrested for murder in the killings of 8 children in a home in Australia. Police say the woman is currently under guard at a hospital. She's the mother of seven of the children who were found dead in the house. The eighth was her niece. Police are examining several knives in the home that may have been used to kill the children.
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) —Same-sex marriages are apparently about to begin soon in Florida. The U.S. Supreme Court today rejected the state's appeal defending the 2008 voter-approved ban. Florida judges are devided on the ban. But federal courts have mostly agreed to reject such bans.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Radical environmentalists who threw acid and smoke bombs at Japanese whalers have been found in contempt of court for continuing their relentless campaign to disrupt the annual whale hunt in the waters off Antarctica. The Japanese whalers are demanding $2 million in addition to their attorney fees and damage and cost to their ships. The efforts of the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society have been shown on Animal Planet reality TV series "Whale Wars."
WASHINGTON (AP) — Consumers are being advised to avoid prepackaged caramel apples because they are linked to four deaths and more than two dozen illnesses in 10 states. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said it knows of 28 cases in which people were sickened with the same strains of the bacterial illness listeria, and at least 26 were hospitalized. Of those, five died.
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