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JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Severe weather has slammed the South and is blamed for four deaths in Mississippi. Much of the damage has been near the town of Columbia. The storm system has damaged homes and businesses, closed roads, flipped cars and left thousands of power customers in the dark. Two people were killed in Columbia, one in a trailer park and another at a strip mall. Two people were also killed in mobile home park in another Mississippi town, Laurel.

HONOLULU (AP) — One of the two officers killed Saturday in an ambush by man who had posted anti-police comments on social media will be mourned at a Saturday funeral. The White House says President Barack Obama has asked Vice President Joe Biden to attend the service for Rafael Ramos. Police say the family of his partner, Officer Wenjian Liu (WEHN'-jihn LOO'), will make arrangements after arriving from China.

NEW YORK (AP) — Despite facing time behind bars after pleading guilty today to federal tax evasion, New York Rep. Michael Grimm says he intends to hold on to his seat representing Staten Island. Grimm admitted hiding sales and wages while running a Manhattan health-food restaurant. Grimm is scheduled to be sentenced in June. Prosecutors are asking that he be sentenced to 24 to 30 months in prison.

NEW YORK (AP) — The distribution won't be wide, but Sony says it's decided to go ahead with a Christmas Day release of the "The Interview." The movie, which spoofs North Korea, has sparked outrage in North Korea and threats against theaters from hackers. Sony, which suffered a cyberattack, says it's trying to find more theaters and other outlets for the film.

NEW YORK (AP) — The Food and Drug Administration has approved a Novo Nordisk diabetes drug as a treatment for obesity. It's the first injectable drug approved for weight loss. The drug, liraglutide, will be marketed under the brand name Saxenda. It is approved for obese adults and for overweight adults who have at least one weight-related health problem like type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, or high cholesterol.

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