- Sony broadly releases 'The Interview' in reversal of plans
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Amid a swell of controversy, backlash, confusion and threats, Sony Pictures broadly released "The Interview" online Wednesday — an unprecedented counterstroke against the hackers who spoiled the Christmas opening of the comedy depicting the assassination of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.
- NKorea outage a case study in online uncertainties
LONDON (AP) — North Korea's microscopic corner of the Internet has had a rough couple of days, suffering seven outages in 48 hours, according to one Web traffic monitor.
- CDC monitoring tech for possible Ebola exposure
ATLANTA (AP) — A laboratory technician at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention was being monitored Wednesday for possible accidental exposure to the Ebola virus that came during an experiment, officials said.
- Again? Really? What if it's Bush-Clinton in 2016?
WASHINGTON (AP) — Again? Really?
- Islamic State extremists capture Jordanian pilot
AMMAN, Jordan (AP) — Islamic State militants captured a Jordanian pilot after his warplane crashed in Syria while carrying out airstrikes Wednesday, making him the first foreign military member to fall into the extremists' hands since an international coalition launched its bombing campaign against the group months ago.
- Mississippi towns regroup after deadly storms
COLUMBIA, Miss. (AP) — Elizabeth Bordelon planned to go Christmas shopping until nasty weather blowing through southeastern Mississippi convinced her to hold off.
- Faithful flock to Bethlehem for Christmas
BETHLEHEM, West Bank (AP) — Several thousand Christian pilgrims on Wednesday flocked to the biblical town of Bethlehem for Christmas Eve celebrations at the traditional birthplace of Jesus, lifting spirits after a year of conflict and failed peace efforts.
- Report: Ebola survival improving in Sierra Leone
One year into the world's worst Ebola outbreak, doctors are reporting an encouraging sign: About 70 percent of patients in a hard-hit area of Sierra Leone now survive.
- Cuba relations with Catholic Church at high point
HAVANA (AP) — Golden rays of tropical sunlight slant through the caved-in roof of Saint Thomas de Villanueva chapel, illuminating tiles graced by the faces of saints. Vandals shattered the stained-glass windows and scrawled their names on the thick walls during decades of frigid relations between the Roman Catholic Church and Cuba's communist government.
- Officer kills armed 18-year-old in suburb near Ferguson
BERKELEY, Mo. (AP) — The mayor of the St. Louis suburb of Berkeley urged calm Wednesday after a white police officer killed a black 18-year-old who police said pointed a gun at him, reigniting tensions that have lingered since the death of Michael Brown in neighboring Ferguson.
- TCU's Gary Patterson wins AP coach of the year
TCU coach Gary Patterson embraced changed and joined an exclusive club.
- Peyton Manning intends to return for 18th season in 2015
ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) — NFL fans and fantasy football owners debating Peyton Manning's prowess and problems can continue that discussion well into the new year.
- Western Kentucky tops Central Michigan 49-48
NASSAU, Bahamas (AP) — Western Kentucky knows its defensive blunders on what became the final touchdown of the Bahamas Bowl will stay on highlight reels for a long, long time.
- LeBron set for Christmas homecoming against Heat
MIAMI (AP) — LeBron James doesn't have any apprehension for this homecoming.
- Oregon's Marcus Mariota is AP player of year
The only thing left for Marcus Mariota to win at Oregon is the national championship.