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UNITED NATIONS (AP) — North Korea says it likely will have no "physical reaction," just condemnation, to the release of the comedy film "The Interview." The comedy is about an assassination plot against leader Kim Jong Un. Sony is making it available on multiple online platforms and it will be screened at several hundred theaters.

ATLANTA (AP) — Federal health officials say a laboratory technician at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is being monitored for possible accidental exposure to the Ebola virus. The technician had been working in a secure laboratory in Atlanta and may have come into contact with a small amount of a live virus. The worker will be monitored for 21 days.

GRETNA, La. (AP) — One person is dead and a suspected gunman is in custody after a Christmas Eve shooting at a mall in suburban New Orleans. The Jefferson Parish sheriff says the victim had just made a purchase in Gretna at a Foot Locker and had turned from the cash register when the suspect fired at least three shots. The victim was pronounced dead on the scene. The suspect was caught several blocks away.

HOUSTON (AP) — Former President George H.W. Bush remains hospitalized in Houston after experiencing shortness of breath. Spokesman Jim McGrath said in an email Wednesday that "all is well," but that there was "no new news to report." The 90-year-old Bush was taken by ambulance yesterday evening to Houston Methodist Hospital. McGrath said the former president was hospitalized as a "precaution."

HONOLULU (AP) — Some people in Hawaii are dreaming of a White Christmas. A powerful storm could dump up to 8 inches of snow above 11,500 feet on Mauna Kea and Mauna Loa on the Big Island. While snow is common on the mountains, normally it's only a dusting. For those who want to drive up to get a close look, roads are expected to be cleared by Friday.

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