LOS ANGELES - Sony Pictures made "The Interview" available online, widening distribution of a comedy that triggered a massive cyber attack blamed on North Korea. Full Article
AMMAN - Islamic State fighters took a Jordanian pilot prisoner after his warplane came down in northeast Syria on Wednesday, the first captive taken from the U.S.-led coalition battling the jihadi group.
WASHINGTON - The U.S. government is preparing to boost the number of private contractors in Iraq as part of President Barack Obama's growing effort to beat back Islamic State militants threatening the Baghdad government, a senior U.S. official said. Full Article
A California neighborhood throws a party for an elderly man, known as "Mr. Christmas", after he decides to pull the plug on his magnificent, long-running lights display. Vanessa Johnston reports.