A picture frame and water marks are seen at a wall of a kindergarten destroyed by the March 11 earthquake and tsunami in Ishinomaki, northern Japan, in this April 7, 2011 file photo. REUTERS/Carlos Barria/Files

Tsunami evacuees in Japan caught in $30 billion trap

ISHINOMAKI Japan - Thirty billion dollars in funding for roads, bridges and thousands of new homes in areas devastated by the tsunami in Japan three and a half years ago is still languishing unspent in the bank, a Reuters investigation reveals.   Full Article 

BOJ shocks markets with more easing as inflation slows 3:43am EDT

TOKYO - The Bank of Japan surprised global financial markets on Friday by expanding its massive stimulus spending in a stark admission that economic growth and inflation have not picked up as much as expected after a sales tax hike in April.

Kaci Hickox (L) and boyfriend Ted Wilbur go for a bike ride in Fort Kent, Maine October 30, 2014.  REUTERS/Ashley L. Conti/Bdn

Nurse defies Ebola quarantine with bike ride

CAPE ELIZABETH Maine - A nurse who treated Ebola patients in Sierra Leone but has tested negative for the virus went for a bike ride, defying Maine's order that she be quarantined in her home and setting up a legal collision with Governor Paul LePage.  Full Article 

A Palestinian protester stands in front of a car of an Israeli that was set on fire by the protesters during clashes with Israeli security forces in east Jerusalem October 30, 2014.  REUTERS/Ammar Awad

John Kerry urges restraint in Jerusalem

WASHINGTON - U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said he was worried about the escalation of tensions across Jerusalem and urged leaders to reopen Temple Mount to Muslim worshipers.  Full Article 

The lava flow from the Kilauea Volcano burns vegetation as it approaches a property boundary in a U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) image taken near the village of Pahoa, Hawaii, October 28, 2014. REUTERS/U.S. Geological Survey/Handout

Hawaii village braces for lava's arrival

Resident of Pahoa village in Hawaii brace for what may be the day a lava flow finally reaches their main road after weeks of creeping towards their community.  Video 

Anti-government protesters take over the parliament building in Ouagadougou, capital of Burkina Faso, October 30, 2014.  REUTERS/Joe Penney

Burkina president rejects calls to step down

OUAGADOUGOU - Burkina Faso's President Blaise Compaore said he would stay in power at the head of a transitional government until after elections, rejecting opposition calls for him to step down immediately following a day of violent protests.  Full Article 

California state worker Albert Jagow (L) goes over his retirement options with Calpers Retirement Program Specialist JeanAnn Kirkpatrick at the Calpers regional office in Sacramento, California October 21, 2009.  REUTERS/Max Whittaker

How to get out of debt

Financial adviser Eric Brotman offers strategies for cutting debt from student loans and eldercare -- and how to avoid money woes in the first place.  Video 

Apple CEO Tim Cook speaks at the WSJD Live conference in Laguna Beach, California October 27, 2014. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson

Apple's Tim Cook says he is 'proud to be gay'

Apple Inc CEO Tim Cook on Thursday became the most prominent American corporate leader to come out as gay, saying he was trading his closely guarded privacy for the chance to help move civil rights forward.  Full Article | Breakingviews