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Tensions inflamed by new killing...New York police boost security...Airline tries to adapt to weather

By The Associated Press | Posted - Dec. 24, 2014 at 1:51 p.m.



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BERKELEY, Mo. (AP) — Authorities in a St. Louis suburb have identified the black 18-year-old who was shot and killed by a white police officer last night in a St. Louis suburb. Police say Antonio Martin had pulled a gun on the officer, who then fired three shots, one of which killed Martin. The officer had been questioning Martin and another man -- who fled the scene -- about a theft from a convenience store. The shooting reignited tensions in the area, and four people were arrested during a protest that turned violent.

NEW YORK (AP) — New York City police have increased security at some stationhouses. And they've made at least four arrests over threats to officers after the deadly shootings of two officers last weekend. Police say they're looking into the threats that prompted them to station Emergency Services Unit officers at two Brooklyn precincts. Meanwhile, an 18-year-old is facing charges of making a terroristic threat after authorities said he posted an online photo of a man shooting at a patrol car, with a caption suggesting a local precinct was next.

NEW YORK (AP) — American Airlines says it's trying to adapt its schedule to the windy and wet weather plaguing parts of the country today -- and trying to get passengers to their destinations for Christmas. By mid-morning today, more than 260 flights had been canceled in the United States, according to the flight tracking service FlightAware. And 80 percent of the flights are tied to American Airlines and its regional affiliates. Chicago's O'Hare International Airport was hardest-hit, accounting for 98 percent of the cancellations.

BETHLEHEM, West Bank (AP) — Thousands of Christian pilgrims are gathered in the biblical town of Bethlehem for Christmas Eve celebrations. The central Manger Square is decked out in white and yellow lights, and a towering Christmas tree. And on a cool, clear night there's been a carnival atmosphere. One Ohio woman said she, her son and her husband are in Bethlehem for Christmas to "be right here where it all took place." Irene Adkins says, "It feels wonderful."

LOS ANGELES (AP) — It's an early Christmas gift for moviegoers who were hoping to see "The Interview," the satire about a plot to kill North Korea's leader. Just a couple of days ago, it seemed that the movie wouldn't be available anywhere, after its release was canceled. But now, it's already for sale and rent online -- and it'll be in hundreds of theaters tomorrow. Sony Pictures say it was always its intent to release the film. It had come under fire for canceling the release following a hacking attack and threats against theaters planning to show the film.

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