1. SONY HACKERS THREAT
All this over a movie?: The group that says it hacked Sony Pictures over the upcoming film “The Interview” is now threatening moviegoers. In an anonymous post, hackers claiming to be the “Guardians of Peace” said people who see the movie would suffer a “bitter fate.” Then came the ominous line: “Remember the 11th of September 2001.” Actor Seth Rogen and James Franco canceled all of their upcoming press events following the threat. Tomorrow’s New York premier of the film has been called off too. “The Interview” is a comedy about a plot to kill North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un. It’s set to open Christmas Day. Some security experts believe North Korea is behind the hacking incident.
2. TALIBAN SCHOOL MASSACRE
Pausing to honor the dead: Pakistan began three days of national mourning today as horrifying details emerged on a massacre that left 145 people dead, most of them children. Peshawar city was shut down after 132 children were killed in yesterday’s hourslong siege at an army school. Markets remained closed as residents attended funerals across the city. “Even the children are dying on the frontline in the war against terror,” said Khawaja Asif, the nation’s defense minister. “The smaller the coffin, the heavier it is to carry.”
3. CHILDREN’S AUTHOR DIES
Reason for paws: The creator of “Clifford the Big Red Dog” has died, according to his publisher, Scholastic. Norman Bridwell died December 12 in Martha’s Vineyard, Massachusetts. He was 86. According to Scholastic, Bridwell’s “Clifford” books – and there are dozens of them – have sold millions of copies in 13 languages. Clifford also crossed over to television, starring on the PBS Kids series of the same name.
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Five Things To Know For Your New Day – Wednesday, December 17, 2014 was originally published on praisecleveland.com