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LOS ANGELES (AP) — Sony is making "The Interview" available through a variety of digital platforms starting this afternoon. Streaming partners include Google Play, YouTube Movies, Microsoft's Xbox Video and a separate Sony website. Sony canceled the theatrical release of the film, after hackers threatened attacks. But yesterday, the studio announced a limited release in about 300 independently owned theaters. "The Interview" is about a plot to assassinate North Korea's leader, Kim Jong Un.

BERKELEY, Mo. (AP) — St. Louis County Police are searching for a man who fled the scene of a police shooting in Berkeley, Missouri, last night. Police say an officer was questioning two young men about a theft at a convenience store, when one of them pulled a 9 milimeter handgun. The white officer fired three shots, killing the black 18-year-old. The incident touched off a violent confrontation involving about 300 people and 50 police officers. Four people were arrested.

AMMAN, Jordan (AP) — Jordan says the Islamic State group has captured one of its pilots after shooting down his warplane over Syria. It's the extremists' first successful downing of an aircraft from the international coalition. Activists say the plane went down near the city of Raqqa, the group's de facto capital. The Raqqa Media Center has published a photograph said to be of the pilot being pulled by gunmen out of what appears to be a lake.

ATLANTA (AP) — The National Weather Service has issued a tornado watch in south Georgia as powerful storms move through the Southeast. Most of Georgia is under a flood watch. To the west, utility crews have been working to restore electricity to thousands in Mississippi, after the storms swept through yesterday. The violent weather is being blamed for at least four deaths in the state. The storms also down trees and power lines and flooded roads in Alabama.

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis is celebrating Christmas Eve with a late-night Mass in St. Peter's Basilica. It kicks off a busy few weeks for the 78-year-old pontiff that includes his traditional Christmas day speech, New Year's Eve vespers and 2015 greetings. Attending tonight's Mass are many of the same cardinals, bishops and priests who received a dressing down from the pope a few days ago. Several have spoken out since, saying Francis was merely asking them to examine their consciences and use the Christmas season to heal.

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