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BERKELEY, Mo. (AP) — A police shooting in a St. Louis suburb is being investigated. An 18-year-old black man was fatally shot by a white police officer at a gas station late Tuesday. But the mayor of predominantly black Berkeley says this isn't like neighboring Ferguson. He says surveillance video appears to show the man pulling a gun on the officer who was questioning him about a theft.

GRETNA, La. (AP) — Authorities are questioning a suspect in the shooting death of a customer at a shoe store in a suburban New Orleans shopping mall on Christmas Eve. The victim had just bought something at the mall in Gretna when he was gunned down. Authorities say the suspect will likely face a charge of second-degree murder. They believe the victim was targeted.

AMMAN, Jordan (AP) — A Jordanian pilot is the first foreign military member to fall into the hands of the Islamic State group since an international coalition launched its bombing campaign against the extremists months ago. The Jordanian jet crashed in Syria while carrying out airstrikes . The militants say they shot it down. The U.S. military insists that's not what happened.

NEW YORK (AP) — Celebrities are reacting on social media to Sony's decision today to release Seth Rogen and James Franco's North Korea satire, "The Interview," on digital platforms. Franco tweeted his thanks. Moments after release of the movie, Rogen tweeted "Thanks Sony for making it happen. Booyah." Those who have seen it are giving it mixed reviews.

BEIJING (AP) — Estimates for the number of Christians in China range from the conservative official figure of 23 million to as many as 100 million by independent scholars But many are having trouble expressing their faith. In some areas, crosses have been removed from places of worship by government officials. Christians in China say their faith is singled out because of its rapid growth.

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