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

Police poorly equipped for social media threats

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 

Wall St. at records, on track for second straight weekly gain 10:13am EST

NEW YORK - U.S. stocks rose on Friday, with major indexes hitting new records and on track for a second straight weekly advance, though trading was light with many traders still out for the Christmas holiday.

Ten years on, Asia mourns tsunami victims

A boy throws a rose into the sea near a monument for victims of the 2004 tsunami in Ban Nam Khem, a southern fishing village destroyed by the tsunami, December 26, 2014. REUTERS/Athit Perawongmetha

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

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 

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

Russia forecasts economic slump

MOSCOW - Slumping oil prices have put Russia's economy on course for a sharp recession next year, as authorities scaled up their bailout for the first bank to succumb to the recent ruble crisis.  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 

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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Weak rouble rebounds, but Russians keep up seasonal spending spree

Despite an ongoing currency crisis, Russians crowd shopping malls in the capital for some last-minute holiday shopping. Nathan Frandino reports.