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December 23rd, 2014
05:28 PM ET

Tornadoes hit various areas of Mississippi

(CNN) - [Breaking News update, posted at 4:31 p.m. E.T.]

A tornado touched down in various parts of Mississippi on Tuesday afternoon, leaving behind injuries and structural damage, said local authorities.

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December 23rd, 2014
05:23 PM ET

Delta baggage handler accused of smuggling guns on flights

Atlanta (CNN) - A baggage handler for Delta Air Lines moved a lot more than just luggage, authorities say - he also helped smuggle firearms.

And his accomplice managed to board a flight with 18 guns and ammunition in his carry-on bag, an affidavit states.

Eugene Harvey, who worked for Delta at Atlanta's Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport, is accused of trafficking firearms and entering an airport area in violation of security requirements.

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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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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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