U.S. President Barack Obama speaks during his end of the year press conference in the briefing room of the White House in Washington, December 19, 2014. REUTERS/Larry Downing

Obama vows response to North Korea over attack

WASHINGTON - President Obama said that the cyber attack by North Korea "caused a lot of damage" to Sony but that he believed the company made a mistake in canceling the release of "The Interview."  Full Article | Video 

Wall Street up for third day, led by energy shares 5:02pm EST

NEW YORK - U.S. stocks extended gains for a third session on Friday, giving the S&P 500 its best weekly performance in nearly two months as energy shares continued to rebound.

Cuba's President Raul Castro attends the opening session of the 10th ALBA alliance summit in Havana December 14, 2014.  REUTERS/Enrique De La Osa

Raul Castro steps out of brother's shadow

HAVANA - Stepping out of his legendary brother's shadow, President Raul Castro has scored a diplomatic triumph and a surge in popular support with the deal that ends decades of open hostility with the United States.  Full Article 

Cars line up for $2.29 (US$) regular gasoline at the Costco in Beltsville, Maryland December 16, 2014. REUTERS/Gary Cameron

Gas prices dip to under $2 a gallon

Just in time for the holidays, gas prices drop to below $2 a gallon in some parts of the United States.  Video 

Police work at the scene of a stabbing attack at a home (L) in Cairns, northern Queensland, December 19, 2014. REUTERS/Stringer

Eight children stabbed to death in tropical city

SYDNEY - Eight children have been killed and a woman who was mother to seven of them was injured in the northern Australian city of Cairns.  Video | Full Article 

Men are silhouetted against a video screen as they pose with Samsung Galaxy S3, Nokia Lumia 820 and iPhone 4 smartphones (L-R) in this photo illustration taken in the central Bosnian town of Zenica, May 17, 2013. REUTERS/Dado Ruvic

Goldman's addictive app

IPOs have been updated for the Candy Crush era with an iPad app that tracks roadshow results. Breakingviews editors explain how the smartphone economy is moving from living room to the boardroom.  Video 

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Obama name-drops Hollywood stars

President Barack Obama attempts to name-drop Hollywood stars Seth Rogan and James Franco at a White House briefing, but does he stumble in his pronunciation? Rough Cut (no reporter narration).