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December 26, 2014 5:02 AM
Movie theaters across the United States have begun screening "The Interview," the much-hyped Sony Pictures film. Amid threats of cyber warfare and violence, American theaters shied away from showing the comedy and Sony canceled the film's release. But following criticism, Sony backtracked from that decision, and on Christmas Day, some smaller theaters screened the film to sellout audiences. Arash Arabasadi visited one theater in Washington and files this report.
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Video 'The Interview' Screened in Movie Theaters

Movie theaters across the United States have begun screening "The Interview," the much-hyped Sony Pictures film. Amid threats of cyber warfare and violence, American theaters shied away from showing the comedy and Sony canceled the film's release. But following criticism, Sony backtracked from that decision, and on Christmas Day, some smaller theaters screened the film to sellout audiences. Arash Arabasadi visited one theater in Washington and files this report.
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In 2014, 500 young Africans came to the US under the Mandela Washington Fellowship for young African leaders, also known as YALI.  Only one percent of applicants get into the prestigious program, and one of them is J.J. Segbefia, an entrepreneur who runs an outdoor expedition business in Ghana.
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Video US Marines, Toys for Tots Bring Christmas Joy

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Video Calm Amid Fear in Daily Life in S. Sudan’s Town of Bentiu

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