A man walks by the poster for the film 'The Interview' outside the Alamo Drafthouse theater in Littleton, Colorado December 23, 2014. REUTERS/Rick Wilking

Sony reverses course, releases 'The Interview'

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 

Islamic State captures Jordanian pilot after warplane crashes in Syria 4:24pm EST

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.

Protesters yell at police protecting the perimeter of a scene where a teenager was fatally shot by a police officer earlier at a Mobil gas station on North Hanley Road in Berkeley, Missouri, December, 24, 2014.    REUTERS/David Carson/St. Louis Post-Dispatch/TNS

Cop kills armed black man near Ferguson

A white policeman shot dead a black man brandishing a pistol at a gas station, police said, igniting violence reminiscent of riots over the police killing of an unarmed black teenager in nearby Ferguson.  Full Article | Video 


Fear and retribution in Xi's corruption purge

HONG KONG/BEIJING - A dossier with material on a Chinese politician’s trip to Hong Kong provides a window into the anti-graft campaign convulsing China.   Video | Full Article 

Kurdish fighters walk past a damaged armoured carrier belonging to Islamic State fighters, in Snoun town, north of mount Sinjar December 22, 2014. REUTERS/Stringer

U.S. to send more private contractors to Iraq

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 

Karen Gariel (C), 15, takes part in a protest for better wages outside Wal-mart in Los Angeles in this November 7, 2013 file photo. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson/Files

Walmart to adjust base salaries in 1,400 stores

CHICAGO - Minimum wage increases across the United States will prompt Wal-Mart to adjust base salaries at 1,434 stores, impacting about a third of its U.S. locations, according to an internal memo reviewed by Reuters.  Full Article 

Last year for "Mr. Christmas" lights display

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.