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'The Interview' comes to theaters...White House applauds decision...Still some outages

By The Associated Press | Posted - Dec. 23, 2014 at 1:01 p.m.



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NEW YORK (AP) — It turns out that people will be able to see "The Interview" in movie theaters on Christmas Day after all. Sony Pictures Entertainment says it will be in "a number of theaters" that day, and that it's working to release the film more widely. One of the stars, Seth Rogen, tweeted, "The people have spoken!" and "Freedom has prevailed!" Plans to show the film had initially been shelved in the aftermath of a hacking attack on the company and threats targeting theaters where the film would be playing.

HONOLULU (AP) — The White House is applauding the decision by Sony Pictures Entertainment to screen its film "The Interview" in some theaters. A White House spokesman says it allows individuals to make their own decisions about the film. The White House says Sony kept it informed about the company's deliberations over the weekend. President Barack Obama had earlier criticized Sony for failing to consult him about their decision to cancel the release.

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Some North Korean websites are still seeing some intermittent outages, in the aftermath of a nearly 10-hour shutdown. It followed a U.S. vow to respond to a cyberattack on Sony Pictures -- an attack that the U.S. is blaming on the North Korean government. But U.S. officials aren't saying whether the U.S. government is responsible for the outages.

CHICAGO (AP) — Severe weather could snag holiday travel. A strong storm system is bringing heavy rains in Gulf states and possibly through the East Coast, and threatening snow in the Great Lakes. Snow from another system fell in some Midwestern and Plains states today, including nearly 2 feet in South Dakota's Black Hills. Wind and blowing snow shut down eastern Colorado's Interstate 70 into Kansas.

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Authorities say a woman is in custody after a Satanic Temple holiday display at the Florida Capitol was damaged. The display shows an angel falling into a pit of fire. State officials rejected the display last year, saying it was "grossly offensive" -- but they allowed it this year amid threats of legal action from the Americans United for Separation of Church and State.

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