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Slain officer honored...Remembering tsunami...Falling gas prices

By The Associated Press | Posted - Dec. 26, 2014 at 5:50 p.m.



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NEW YORK (AP) — Friends, relatives and colleagues of a New York City police officer who was gunned down along with his partner have been paying their respects at a church in Queens. Hundreds more have turned out for the wake at Christ Tabernacle Church. Rafael Ramos' funeral is scheduled for tomorrow, and Vice President Joe Biden is expected to attend.

PERELIYA, Sri Lanka (AP) — The memories from 10 years ago today are still vivid in the minds of survivors of the deadly tsunami that killed nearly a quarter of a million people along the rim of the Indian Ocean. They wept as they took part in beachside memorials and religious services across Asia on Thursday. Some European countries have also marked the anniversary, remembering the thousands of Christmastime tourists who died in the disaster.

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Crowds have been flocking to theaters to see "The Interview," even though its available online. According to its distributor, the film made just over $1 million in ticket sales from 331 locations yesterday. Many theaters reported selling out showings. Sony had said a week ago that it was shelving the film because it has drawn threats from hackers.

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Commercial poultry producers say they're concerned the outbreak of highly pathogenic bird flu virus found in Washington and Oregon will hurt exports by prompting some nations to impose trade barriers. Officials suspect that wild ducks that breed in Alaska and northeast Asia have spread the virus to the U.S. mainland.

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Missouri has become the first state to have an average statewide gas price fall below $2 per gallon since 2009. According to AAA, Oklahoma's average is expected to drop below that threshold sometime over the weekend. The national average gas price is at $2.32 per gallon.

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