Five Things to Know for Your New Day – Thursday, December 25, 2014
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December 25th, 2014
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Five Things to Know for Your New Day – Thursday, December 25, 2014

Berkeley, Missouri, is no Ferguson. The trip to grandmother's house was filled with delays. And "The Interview" goes online.

It's Christmas Day and here are the 5 things to know for your New Day


Looking at the facts: Don't confuse this week's fatal shooting of a black teen by a white cop in Berkeley, Missouri, with a similar shooting about a mile and a half down the road in Ferguson that sparked national protests. Berkeley Mayor Theodore Hoskins, who is black, says it's a different situation. The mayor and the police chief say 18-year-old Antonio Martin pointed a gun at an officer in a gas station parking lot in Berkeley right before the officer fatally shot the teen. In the Ferguson shooting, Michael Brown was unarmed. Hoskins has promised a thorough investigation and says he won't tolerate brutality.

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Off to grandmother's house: Christmas Eve was an ugly travel day for a lot of folks. More than 2,800 flights were delayed, many by the weather. Still, most folks made it to where they were going, even if they were a bit late. Chicago, Dallas-Fort Worth, Charlotte and Philadelphia were the hardest hit. At least one holiday flight seemed to make it through with few problems: Santa's sleigh is reported to have made all its appointed rounds.

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Streaming on a computer near you: The controversial Sony Pictures comedy "The Interview" was released on YouTube, Google Play, the Microsoft Xbox video game console and a special website yesterday. The movie costs $5.99 to rent and $14.99 to buy. This is historic because the film is having what amounts to a simultaneous release both in living rooms and in about 300 independently owned theaters across the United States. After being hacked and threatened, Sony initially pulled the plug on the film about an assassination plot against North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un.

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Held captive: For the first time since a U.S.-led international coalition began airstrikes against ISIS, a coalition pilot has been captured. After a Jordanian military plane crashed over Raqqa province in Syria, ISIS took the pilot hostage, Jordan's state-run news agency Petra said. Although ISIS claimed it had downed the aircraft, the U.S. military rejected the claim. So did Jordan. Government spokesman Mohammed al-Momani said his country "initially thought the plane might have been shot at." But later, state news said the plane crashed. Jordan is one of several nations helping the United States and other Western nations degrade and destroy the capabilities of ISIS.

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Possible exposure: A lab tech from the CDC will be monitored for three weeks after possibly being exposed to the Ebola virus at one of the agency's Atlanta labs, the CDC said yesterday. The technician has no symptoms of the illness, CDC director of public relations Barbara Reynolds said in a statement. There is no possibility of exposure outside the lab and no risk to the public, the CDC statement said.

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Those are your five biggies for the day. Here are a couple of others that are brewing and have the Internet buzzing.

–Clean and festive: Join Five the Boston terrier - aka Roomba Claus - as he cleans up for the holidays.

- Epic Christmas caroling: Improv Everywhere surprises a random family by Christmas caroling with a 13-member choir and a 20-person brass orchestra.

- The science of Santa Claus: Is Santa real? The answer is yes, but see why.

- Christmas mania: This is what you get when you put our favorite Christmas movie scenes in a blender.

- It's Christmas Day, why are you reading the news?: Now go wake up your family and listen to three hours of holiday tunes while you're opening presents.

There you go. All you need to know to get an early start to your morning.
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