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HONOLULU (AP) — The White House says President Barack Obama, who is in Hawaii, has asked Vice President Joe Biden to attend Saturday's funeral for New York Police Officer Rafael Ramos. He and his partner, Wenjian Liu (WEHN'-jihn LOO'), were ambushed Saturday in Brooklyn. The gunman, whose family says he had mental issues, claimed he was retaliating for police-involved deaths. He later shot himself.

MILWAUKEE (AP) — Some city leaders in Milwaukee are pushing for police reforms in the wake of a prosecutor's decision to clear a white officer who shot a homeless, black man 14 times. The shooting was ruled justifiable and that the officer acted in self-defense because his baton was taken away. A group of aldermen are calling for policy changes including body cameras for officers and identifying those on the force prone to violence.

NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks continue to climb on Wall Street, where the Dow has surpassed the 18,000-point mark for the first time. Investors are upbeat following the government's report that the U.S. economy grew at the fastest pace in more than a decade in the third quarter. The S&P rose nearly 4 points to 2,082.17. That's a gain of 0.2 percent from its own all-time high recorded a day earlier.

NEW YORK (AP) — It turns out moviegoers will be able see to Sony's "The Interview" on Christmas Day after all. But the film, the subject of a dispute with North Korea, will only play at a limited number of theaters. Sony, which suffered a cyberattack by hackers who also threatened theaters, says it's continuing its efforts to release the film in more theaters and on additional platforms.

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — For millions in the South, it's beginning to look a lot like summer, not Christmas. Severe storms today spawned likely tornadoes, damaged structures and left thousands of homes and businesses without power. One tornado was spotted in Amite, Louisiana. Another may have hit in Columbia, Mississippi. Elsewhere in the state, there was pea and golf ball-sized hail. There is also a threat of flooding in some areas.

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