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Actor celebrates victory...Threat warns of bridge attack...Sentence in ring theft

By The Associated Press | Posted - Dec. 23, 2014 at 2:01 p.m.



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LOS ANGELES (AP) — Actor James Franco is celebrating what he calls a "victory," adding that "the people and the president have spoken." His message on Instagram came after Sony announced that it will release the film "The Interview" in some theaters on Christmas. Franco is one of the stars of the satire about a plot to kill North Korea's leader.

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — The FBI wants law officers assigned to areas around the Mississippi River bridges at Memphis, Tennessee. The agency wants them to help keep an eye on the spans after a vague threat came in warning of an attack. FBI spokesmen say the threat was unsubstantiated but that local police were still notified.

NEW YORK (AP) — Organizers of protests over the deaths of black men in confrontations with white police officers are making it clear that those protests won't end -- despite an appeal from New York's mayor, who is calling for restraint in the aftermath of Saturday's shooting deaths of two New York police officers. And the city's police commissioner says it's "unfortunate" that the mayor's plea was ignored.

WASHINGTON (AP) — The latest reading on U.S. economic growth confirms that the economy is steadily improving, and that it is outshining others around the world. The government reported today that the economy grew at a brisk five-percent annual rate last quarter, the fastest pace since 2003. It was fueled by consumer and business spending. The news sent the Dow industrials above the 18,000 mark for the first time today.

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — A 20-year-old Kansas man has been sentenced to nearly eight years in prison for stealing the wedding ring from the hand of a dying woman last year in the drive-thru of a fast-food restaurant. The Wichita Eagle reports that Keith Hickles was sentenced yesterday to 94 months. He was one of three men convicted of stealing items from Danielle Zimmerman after she suffered a brain aneurysm at a Wichita Taco Bell. She died the next day. Police recovered her purse, but the ring remains missing.

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