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MIAMI (AP) — Cuban-American groups opposed to President Barack Obama's plan to normalize relations with the Castro government plan to protest today in Miami. More than two dozen exile groups are listed as participating, but organizers have given no attendance estimates. Only a handful protested in Little Havana on Wednesday when the president's announcement of a host of policy changes toward the communist nation was made.

ISLAMABAD (AP) — Pakistani officials say Taliban militants have been killed in three incidents today in the country's northwest. They say a U.S. drone fired two missiles at militant hideout in North Waziristan, killing at least five Taliban fighters. Meanwhile, the military says it killed five terrorist on the outskirts of Peshawar. And police in the city say two militants were killed in a shootout that also left a security official and a police officer dead.

NEW YORK (AP) — Sony says it's only cancelled the Christmas Day theatrical release of "The Interview" and its "actively surveying alternatives" to release the film on a different platform. Sony shelved the movie about a plot to assassinate North Korea's leader after the company became the target of a hackers. The FBI says North Korea's communist government is behind the hack.

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Radical environmentalists who threw acid and smoke bombs at Japanese whalers have been found in contempt of court for continuing their campaign to disrupt the annual whale hunt off the waters of Antarctica. The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has ordered a commissioner to determine how much Paul Watson and members of the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society owe Japanese whalers for lawyer fees, damage to their ships and for violating the court order to stop their dangerous protests.

PEARL HARBOR, Hawaii (AP) — President Barack Obama and his family have begun their annual winter vacation in Hawaii. The Obamas are to spend roughly two weeks on the island of Oahu before returning to Washington in early January. Before departing the White House, Obama said he was looking forward to some quiet time and to spending Christmas with his family.

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