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 

S&P 500 to test record high after BOJ ramps up stimulus 9:07am EDT

NEW YORK - The S&P 500 could set a record high at the open on Friday as markets rallied globally after the Bank of Japan significantly ramped up its stimulus program just days after the U.S. Federal Reserve wound down its own package of 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 

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 

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