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 

Wall St. opens higher on surprise BOJ stimulus 9:43am EDT

NEW YORK - U.S. stocks rose at the open on Friday as markets rallied globally after the Bank of Japan significantly ramped up its stimulus program just days after the Federal Reserve wound down its own package of U.S. economic incentives.

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Eric Matthew Frein, 31, is pictured in this October 2014 handout photo obtained by Reuters October 31, 2014. REUTERS/Pike County Correctional Facility/Handout via Reuters

Eric Frein captured after seven-week manhunt

BLOOMING GROVE Pa. - The survivalist suspected of killing a Pennsylvania state trooper in a sniper attack in September could face the death penalty, prosecutors said, after a seven-week manhunt in the Pocono Mountains ended with his arrest.  Video | Full Article 

A Turkish policeman stands guard outside the gate of a camp that hosts Peshmerga fighters in the border town of Suruc, Sanliurfa province, October 30, 2014.   REUTERS/Yannis Behrakis

Kobani unites a people divided by borders

ARBIL Iraq - Cloaked in Kurdish flags, thousands of people lined the roads to cheer on a military convoy headed for what was -- until recently -- an obscure Syrian border town, now the focus of a global war against the militants of Islamic State.  Full Article 

Bank of Japan (BOJ) Governor Haruhiko Kuroda points to a placard showing BOJ policy decisions during a news conference at the BOJ headquarters in Tokyo October 31, 2014. REUTERS/Issei Kato

BOJ shocks markets with more easing

TOKYO - The Bank of Japan surprised global financial markets 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.  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 elder care -- and how to avoid money woes in the first place.  Video 

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Breakingviews: BNP's demons not banished

France's largest bank rebounds from a U.S. mega-fine with an 11 pct rise in Q3 profit. But volatility and a U.S ban on dollar clearing may cause more pain.

Day Of The Dead

A model is pictured during a Quinceanera Magazine Catrina fashion show at a press reception ahead of the 15th annual Dia de los Muertos, or Day of the Dead, festival at Hollywood Forever Cemetery in Los Angeles, California October 24, 2014. REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni

Images of the celebration of Dia de los Muertos, when, according to beliefs, the dead return to to visit their loved ones.  Slideshow