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NEW YORK (AP) — Some of New York's most noted landmarks, including the Empire State Building, have paid tribute to the two officers killed in a Saturday ambush. Lights were dimmed for five minutes at 9 p.m. A funeral is set for Saturday for one of the officers. Vice President Joe Biden will attend. Meanwhile, there have been more protests tonight. Hundreds marched peacefully through the busy shopping district in Manhattan.

WASHINGTON (AP) — A federal judge in Washington has thrown out a lawsuit filed by an Arizona sheriff seeking to halt President Barack Obama's plan to spare nearly 5 million people from deportation. The court ruled that policymaking should better left to the political branches of government. Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio (ahr-PEYE'-oh) has numerous clashes with the government over his attempts to enforce immigration laws.

JACKSON, Ms. (AP) — Four people have been killed and dozens more injured by severe weather that has been raking the South. The deaths and injuries happened in two counties in southeastern Mississippi. Some of the worst damage happened in the town of Columbia, about 80 miles southeast of Jackson. The storm system spanned across the lower South. At least 6 inches of rain has fallen in Tallahassee, Florida, where there have been water rescues.

NEW YORK (AP) — After criticism from Hollywood to Washington, Sony Entertainment has reversed course and now says it will release the movie "The Interview" on Christmas Day. The distribution is limited, but Sony says it's working to widen the number of showings. More than 200 mostly independent theaters will show the film despite threats from hackers the government says have links to North Korea.

HOUSTON (AP) — Former President George H.W. Bush has been taken to a Houston hospital after experiencing a shortness of breath. A spokesman says the former president will be held for observation as a precaution. Bush, who is 90 and can no longer use his legs, spent nearly two months in the same hospital and was discharged in January 2013 after treatment for a bronchitis-related cough and other health issues.

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