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Sony puts 'The Interview' on YouTube, other digital platforms

LOS ANGELES - "The Interview," the provocative comedy that triggered a devastating cyberattack on Sony Pictures, went straight to U.S. consumers on Wednesday in an unprecedented online debut after hacker threats prevented its wide release on Christmas day. | Video

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MF Global Holdings to pay $100 million fine in CFTC settlement

WASHINGTON - The U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission said on Wednesday it had fined MF Global Holdings Ltd for wrongdoing during the collapse of the futures brokerage, but will continue its lawsuit against the firm's former chief, Jon Corzine.

Firefighters targeted in drive-by shooting in north Florida

TAMPA, Fla. - A firefighter was grazed in the arm during a drive-by shooting behind a north Florida fire station on Tuesday evening, police said.

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U.S. jobless claims fall to seven-week low

WASHINGTON - The number of Americans filing new claims for unemployment benefits unexpectedly fell last week, underscoring the economy's sustained strength.

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Islamic State captures Jordanian pilot after warplane crashes in Syria

AMMAN - Islamic State fighters took a Jordanian pilot prisoner after his warplane came down in northeast Syria on Wednesday, the first captive taken from the U.S.-led coalition battling the jihadi group.

U.S.-led forces launch 17 air strikes in Syria, Iraq

WASHINGTON - The U.S.-led campaign against Islamic State in Syria and Iraq included 10 air strikes in Syria on Wednesday and seven in Iraq, the U.S. military said.

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White Christmas expected in parts of U.S., rain elsewhere

CHICAGO - Fresh snowfall was expected to bring a white Christmas to parts of the U.S. West, Midwest and the Appalachian Mountains, while other regions of the country would slog through rain and fog, the National Weather Service said on Wednesday.

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Russia says NATO turning Ukraine into 'frontline of confrontation'

MOSCOW - Russia said on Wednesday NATO was turning Ukraine into a "frontline of confrontation" and threatened to sever remaining ties with the Atlantic military alliance if Ukraine's hopes of joining it were realized.