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money lead

December 23rd, 2014
05:14 PM ET

U.S. economy in overdrive

(CNN) – The U.S. economy is running in overdrive. The DOW closed above 18,000 for the first time ever Tuesday, and is up a thousand points this month alone.

Gas prices are at near record lows, dipping below $2/gallon in some places.

A new CNN/ORC poll released Tuesday shows 51% of the people surveyed believe the economy is in good shape, compared to just 38% in October.

The Washington Post's Jim Tankersley breaks down the significance of the numbers in the video above.

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world lead

December 23rd, 2014
05:09 PM ET

Sony reversal: Will North Korea retaliate?

(CNN) – Sony announced Tuesday that "The Interview" will be screened in a limited number of theaters Christmas Day.

The decision comes almost a week after Sony originally canceled the movie's release, after hackers sent an obscure message threatening anyone who planned to see it on Christmas Day. The message even made references to September 11th.

How will North Korea react to Sony's reversal?

Former State Department official Jamie Metzl, who served on then-president Clinton's National Security Council, and CNN's Brian Stelter discuss in the video above.

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national lead

December 23rd, 2014
05:04 PM ET

Sony will release 'The Interview' at limited number of theaters on Christmas

New York (CNNMoney) – "The Interview" is not over, after all.

Despite threats from hackers, Sony is making the controversial Seth Rogen comedy available at a limited number of theaters on Christmas.

The movie studio's CEO Michael Lynton said Tuesday that "we're excited our movie will be in a number of theaters on Christmas Day."

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national lead

December 23rd, 2014
04:54 PM ET

De Blasio consoles NYC in wake of police shooting

(CNN) - New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio took on the role of the consoler on Tuesday in the wake of the weekend's shooting of two New York police officers, following in the footsteps of many before him that have had to knit the city back together following tragedy.

De Blasio, accompanied by his wife, laid flowers at the memorial set up for officers Rafael Ramos and Wenjian Liu in Brooklyn near where they were shot as they sat in their patrol car.

Later Tuesday, de Blasio offered hugs to the city's residents and a moment of silence for the two officers at City Hall, and urged the city to focus on the families of the slain officers and work to move forward.

"There's a lot of pain right now. We have to work our way through that pain. We have to keep working to bring police and community closer together," he said. "We have to work for that more perfect union. We have to put the divisions of the past behind us."

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December 23rd, 2014
04:47 PM ET

Atlanta theater owner: We're ready to screen 'The Interview'

(CNN) – "The Interview" is coming to theaters.

Sony reversed its decision Tuesday, announcing that it is excited to release the comedy about taking out North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un. This comes after the studio became the victim of a hack attack that unleashed a trail of embarrassing Hollywood gossip.
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