WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House says it's pleased to hear that Sony Pictures is working to distribute "The Interview," which has drawn the ire of North Korea. Hackers linked to North Korea hacked Sony's computers and issued threats against theaters planning to show the film. It spoofs North Korean leader Jim Jong Un. At the White House, President Barack Obama said pulling the film would create a bad precedent. He also said there will be a response from the U.S.
NEW YORK (AP) — A New York police officer has been placed on suspension days after being seen on a smartphone video punching a teenage suspect during an arrest. The arrest happened Monday after police responded to a report of an assault in Manhattan. The video shows the plainclothes officer throwing two punches. A woman can be heard yelling at the officers to stop what they're doing.
ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — A newly-released video shows NFL running back Ray Rice's then-fiancee crying and kissing him while they are both handcuffed and being taken to jail by police officers after Rice punched her in a casino elevator. The video was obtained by ABC News through a public records request. Rice was charged with assault, and entered an intervention program to have the charges dropped. He's cleared to return to the NFL but it's unclear if any teams will pick him up.
PAHOA, Hawaii (AP) — This going out of business sale is legitimate. State officials say lava flowing toward a rural Hawaii town is slowing but will likely reach a shopping center in abought eight days. Most merchants at the Pahoa Marketplace have either closed or are preparing to close.
WASHINGTON (AP) — A meteorologist who co-developed the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale which estimates potential property damage, has died. Bob Simpson died today at his home in Washington. He was 102. The Saffir-Simpson scale rates hurricanes on a scale of 1 to 5 for their potential to cause property damage.