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Republicans to theaters: Don't be 'bullied,' show Sony's 'The Interview'
The Republican National Committee has a message for theater owners: Put "The Interview" back on your screens.

A defiant Sony scrambles to find a way out for 'The Interview'
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Last-minute Christmas shopping guide
Still haven't ordered those stocking stuffers? You've got to hurry, or your gift won't arrive by Christmas.

How has middle class Christmas changed?
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Reporter behind story of $72 million teen trader stays at NY Mag
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North Korea says did not hack Sony, wants joint probe with U.S.
North Korea says U.S. accusation it was involved in Sony cyberattack is "groundless slander", proposes "joint investigation" into the incident with the U.S. Mana Rabiee reports.

Parents of Colorado theater gunman plead for his life
The parents of James Holmes, the man charged in the deadly Colorado movie theater shooting in 2012, is pleading for their son to be spared the death penalty. Linda So reports.

Driver charged in deadly California crash that killed six
A woman accused of driving under the influence and plowing into a crowd of pedestrians in California is charged. The crash killed four people including a 6-year-old boy. Linda So reports.

Turkish riot police use water cannons, smoke grenades on protesting teachers
Riot police in Ankara use water cannons and smoke grenades to disperse hundreds of teachers protesting plans to make Ottoman Turkish mandatory in high schools. Rough Cut (no reporter narration)

Pakistan resumes prisoner executions in wake of school massacre
Pakistan says it has resumed executions of prisoners in the wake of a Taliban massacre at a school that left at least 132 students dead. Mana Rabiee reports.

Uruguay eliminates Italy; Did Suarez bite again?
Uruguay is moving on. Italy is out of the World Cup after a 1-0 loss. Meanwhile, Luis Suarez apparently bit an opponent again.

Report: Heat forward LeBron James to opt out of deal, become free agent
Get ready for the Decision, Part II. LeBron James is opting out of his contract with the Heat, and will become a free agent.

NBA Mock Draft: Another change at the top
Just when you thought the NBA draft pecking order was starting to get predictable, Joel Embiid shakes it up.

Mexico beats Cameroon, advances to knockout round
After a tough 2013, Mexico completed its magical turnaround by taking down Croatia 3-1 and advancing out of Group A.

World Cup analysis: Costa Rica-England

This Day in History

Pan Am Flight 103 Is Bombed (1988)
The terrorist bomb that brought down New York-bound Pan Am Flight 103 over Lockerbie, Scotland, killed all 259 people on board and 11 others on the ground. After a three-year investigation, US and UK authorities announced indictments against two Libyan officials in connection with the bombing. Libya finally turned over the suspects in 1999. After a nine-month trial, one of them, Abdel Basset Ali al-Megrahi, was found guilty and sentenced to life in prison. Why was he released in 2009? Discuss

The Louisiana Purchase (1803)
Early American settlers in the western territories depended on the Mississippi River's port of New Orleans for commerce. When Spain retroceded New Orleans to France in 1800, Americans feared their access to the river would be blocked, so President Thomas Jefferson sent negotiators to broker a deal for the port city. Why did Napoleon ultimately sell the entire Louisiana territory, including New Orleans, to the US for only about 4 cents per acre, or a sum total of $15 million?

President Taft Pardons William H. Van Schaick (1912)
More than 1,000 people died when the General Slocum, a passenger steamship, caught fire in New York's East River in 1904. It was the city's worst loss-of-life disaster until the attacks of September 11, 2001. Van Schaick, the ship's captain, was convicted of negligence and failure to maintain fire safety equipment and received a 10-year sentence. He was paroled after serving 3½ years in prison and later pardoned by President Taft. Why were most of the passengers unable to escape the fire?