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  • Streaming release of 'Interview' test for industry Thursday, 25 Dec 2014 | 12:57 AM ET

    ATLANTA— Sony's "The Interview" has been a hacking target, a punchline and a political lightning rod. Its Christmas Day release was canceled by Sony after threats of violence by hackers linked to North Korea. Sony released "The Interview" Wednesday on a variety of digital platforms— Google Play, YouTube Movies, Microsoft's Xbox Video and a separate Sony website.

  • Sony broadly releases 'The Interview' in reversal of plans Wednesday, 24 Dec 2014 | 11:58 AM ET

    LOS ANGELES— 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. "It has always been Sony's intention to have a national...

  • ATLANTA— CDC says lab technician in Atlanta may have accidently been exposed to Ebola virus.

  • 2 shot in movie theater in Midtown Atlanta Wednesday, 24 Dec 2014 | 7:17 AM ET

    ATLANTA— Atlanta police are investigating a shooting inside a movie theater in the city's Midtown neighborhood that left two people hospitalized in stable condition. Atlanta police spokesman John Chafee said in an email that a group of people were attending a movie release party at the Midtown Art Cinema Tuesday night and an argument led to gunfire.

  • Sony tries to save face with 'Interview' flip-flop Wednesday, 24 Dec 2014 | 1:13 AM ET

    ATLANTA— Sony's flip-flop on releasing "The Interview" shows the studio is working furiously to try to chart the right course through political and public-opinion minefields. Although analysts don't believe the decision will have any effect on Sony's image, it will at least give the movie-going public a chance to vote with their wallets and send North Korea a...

  • Travel headaches for some into Christmas Day Wednesday, 24 Dec 2014 | 12:36 AM ET

    CHICAGO— A mix of Gulf Coast thunderstorms expected to travel north, predicted snowfall in the Great Lakes and blustery conditions in the nation's midsection threatened Tuesday to tangle holiday travel plans nationwide. While snow fell in some Midwestern states— nearly 2 feet in South Dakota's Black Hills— a strong storm system expected to drop rain along the...

  • Shortly thereafter, the White House praised Sony's about-face, which the studio said would result in "a limited theatrical release" on Christmas Day of the film, which stars Seth Rogen and James Franco and is about a fictional plot to assassinate North Korea leader Kim Jong Un. "The decision made by Sony and participating theaters allows people to make their own...

  • LOS ANGELES/ WASHINGTON, Dec 23- Sony Pictures cleared the way on Tuesday for release of "The Interview" in some U.S. theaters on Christmas Day, less than a week after pulling the movie following a devastating cyberattack that has been blamed on North Korea. Sony Pictures Chief Executive Michael Lynton said there would be "a limited theatrical release" in the United...

  • Rogen, Franco, others react to 'The Interview' release Tuesday, 23 Dec 2014 | 1:45 PM ET

    LOS ANGELES— Celebrities and others react to Sony's announcement Tuesday that it will release Seth Rogen and James Franco's embattled North Korean satire, "The Interview," in some theaters on Christmas:. SONY to release THE INTERVIEW in theaters on XMAS DAY! — "The president applauds Sony's decision to authorize screenings of the film.

  • Dec 23- Coca-Cola Co plans to cut 1,000-2,000 jobs globally in the coming weeks, the Wall Street Journal reported, citing people familiar with the matter. The impact is expected to be significant at Coke's headquarters in Atlanta and global regional offices, where more than 10 percent of corporate staff could lose their jobs, according to the report.

  • He said Sony also is continuing its efforts to release the film on more platforms and in more theaters. For Sony, the decision was the culmination of a gradual about-face: After initially saying it had no plans to release the movie, the company began softening its position after it was broadly criticized. Sony officials aren't commenting on whether the film will...

  • Prosecutor: Guns were smuggled aboard US airliners Tuesday, 23 Dec 2014 | 7:07 AM ET

    NEW YORK— A brazen scheme in which guns— even an AK-47 rifle— were taken onto passenger jets for years in carry-on luggage was described by a Brooklyn prosecutor Tuesday as a terrorism threat that should cause the airline industry to end the practice of letting some workers enter airports without security screening. Thompson's comment came as he described a...

  • NEW YORK, Dec 23- Some major U.S. airlines including Delta and Southwest are rushing to finance losing bets on oil and revamp fuel hedges as tumbling crude prices leave them with billions of dollars in losses, according to people familiar with the hedging schemes. But now, carriers such as Delta Air Lines and even Southwest Airlines, known for a successful hedging...

  • *Gilead falls as Express Scripts picks AbbVie treatment. *Dow boosted by gains at Intel, IBM; Dow, S&P end at record. Intel Corp rose 2.3 percent to $37.21, providing the biggest boost to the Dow, while IBM rose 1.8 percent to $161.44 and Cisco Systems rose 1.6 percent to $28.22.

  • As dust clears, what's next for Sony? Monday, 22 Dec 2014 | 4:39 PM ET

    ATLANTA— The Sony hacking attack continues to deliver more dramatic plotlines than any fictional movie, but meanwhile the movie studio must move forward and tackle the next steps in minimizing the mess. Sony went on the offensive after President Barack Obama said Friday that the studio made a mistake by canceling "The Interview," and said that he wished the...

  • *Gilead falls as Express Scripts picks AbbVie treatment. *Dow boosted by gains at Intel, IBM; S&P ends at record. Intel Corp rose 2.3 percent to $37.21, providing the biggest boost to the Dow, while IBM rose 1.8 percent to $161.44 and Cisco Systems rose 1.6 percent to $28.22.

  • *Gilead falls as Express Scripts picks AbbVie treatment. *Dow boosted by gains at Intel, IBM. The S&P energy index fell 1.2 percent as the day's weakest sector; Chevron Corp lost 1 percent to $111.76 while Halliburton Co was off 2.2 percent at $39.61.

  • It's down to the wire for online shopping Monday, 22 Dec 2014 | 1:21 PM ET

    ATLANTA— As the holiday shopping season winds down, FedEx, UPS and online retailers are using the last few days to try to avoid the problems that occurred last year when severe winter weather and a surge in late orders from shoppers caused delivery delays. FedEx predicted its busiest day would be a week earlier, on Dec. 15, when it expected to move 22.6 million...

  • *Gilead falls as Express Scripts picks AbbVie treatment. *Dow boosted by gains at Intel, IBM. The S&P energy index fell 1.6 percent as the day's weakest sector; Chevron Corp lost 1.3 percent to $111.44 while Halliburton Co was off 1.9 percent at $39.70.

  • Dec 22- Ocwen Financial Corp's executive chairman and founder, William Erbey, will step down as part of a $150 million legal settlement with New York's financial regulator. The settlement payment will be toward New York housing programs and foreclosed homeowners. New York Financial Services superintendent Benjamin Lawsky accused the company of harming...