A police hat is pictured at a makeshift memorial for two NYPD officers who were fatally shot, in the Brooklyn borough of New York December 25, 2014. REUTERS/Carlo Allegri

Social media threats confound police

SAN FRANCISCO/LOS ANGELES - Law enforcement agencies lack the resources to monitor social media for threats, resources that could have prevented the murder of two New York City cops.  Full Article 

Stock futures edge higher, on track for weekly gain 8:24am EST

NEW YORK - U.S. stock index futures edged higher on Friday, putting major indexes on track for a second straight weekly advance, though moves were likely to be slight with few market catalysts and many traders still out for the Christmas holiday.

An Acehnese woman cries as she attends a mass prayer for the 2004 tsunami victims at Baiturrahman Grand Mosque in Banda Aceh, December 25, 2014. REUTERS/Beawiharta

Asia remembers 2004 tsunami with prayers

BANDA ACEH, Indonesia - Survivors of Asia's 2004 tsunami and relatives of its 226,000 victims cried and prayed as they gathered along Indian Ocean shorelines for memorials to mark the 10th anniversary of the disaster.  Full Article | Video 

Attendees watch a scene from the game "Sunset Overdrive" during the Xbox E3 Media Briefing at USC's Galen Center in Los Angeles, California June 9, 2014.  REUTERS/Kevork Djansezian

PlayStation, Xbox hit by delays

Microsoft's Xbox Live and Sony's PlayStation Networks experienced user connection problems on Christmas Day, for which a hacker group claimed responsibility.  Full Article 

Matt Ornstein, dressed in a Santa Claus costume, holds an American flag as fans line up at the Silent Movie Theatre for a midnight screening of "The Interview" in Los Angeles, California December 24, 2014. REUTERS/Jonathan Alcorn

'The Interview' draws sell-out audiences

NEW YORK/LOS ANGELES - "The Interview" opened in more than 300 movie theaters across the United States on Christmas Day, drawing many sell-out audiences and statements by patrons that they were championing freedom of expression.  Full Article | Video 

An employee counts Russian rouble banknotes at a small private shop selling home appliances in Krasnoyarsk December 26, 2014. REUTERS/Ilya Naymushin

Ruble rebounds as exporters sell dollars

MOSCOW - Russia's ruble rose to its strongest levels in more than three weeks, in a sharp rebound from its recent all-time lows, after the government ordered exporters to sell some of their hard currency revenues.  Full Article 

A shopper stands in front of Halloween goods at a luxury department store in Tokyo September 25, 2014. REUTERS/Yuya Shino

Japan inflation slows, output slips

TOKYO - Japanese annual core consumer inflation slowed for a fourth straight month in November due largely to sliding oil prices, highlighting the challenges the central bank faces in achieving its 2 percent inflation target.  Full Article 

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Malaysia and Thailand flood crisis

Floods force thousands from their homes in parts of Malaysia as Thailand declares disaster zones in eight provinces. Rough cut (no reporter narration)