The casket of Rafael Ramos arrives at Christ Tabernacle Church carried by a New York Police Department honor guard in the Queens borough of New York December 26, 2014. REUTERS/Carlo Allegri

Mourners gather for slain New York policeman

NEW YORK - Police officers in dress uniform and other mourners lined up quietly for two blocks at a New York City church to pay their respects to one of two officers shot by a man who said he was avenging killings of unarmed black men by police.  Full Article 

Wall Street ends at record in second straight weekly gain 4:23pm EST

NEW YORK - U.S. stocks ended higher on Friday, with both the Dow and S&P 500 closing at records in a broad rally, though trading was light with many market participants still out for the Christmas holiday.

An employee counts Russian ruble banknotes at a small private shop selling home appliances in Krasnoyarsk December 26, 2014. REUTERS/Ilya Naymushin

Russia forecasts economic slump

MOSCOW - Slumping oil prices have put Russia's economy on course for a sharp recession and double-digit inflation next year, government ministers said, as authorities scaled up a bailout for the first bank to succumb to this month's ruble crisis.  Full Article 

People look at Microsoft Surface computers as they shop at a Best Buy in the Manhattan borough of New York, December 24, 2014. REUTERS/Carlo Allegri

Electronics weak, travel strong in holiday sales

Consumers spent on lodging and restaurants during the holiday season, while sales of electronics were flat, reflecting an ongoing shift toward spending on "experiences" rather than goods.  Full Article 

Demonstrators block the Panamerican highway to protest against the Grand Canal construction in Managua December 22, 2014, in this handout photo provided by La Prensa. REUTERS/Oscar Navarrete/La Prensa

Doubts over Chinese-backed Nicaragua canal

MANAGUA, Dec 26 - When one of the poorest countries in the Americas and a little-known Chinese businessman said they planned to undertake one of the biggest engineering projects in history, few people took them seriously, and now the skepticism has only grown.  Full Article 

Four out of five Olympic rings light up during the opening ceremony of the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics, February 7, 2014. REUTERS/David Gray

The year in 60 seconds: 2014

A multimedia showcase of some of 2014's top stories; spanning the globe from conflicts in Ukraine, the Middle East and Pakistan to the Ebola outbreak and demonstrations across the United States.  Video 

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2004 tsunami is "as if it happened yesterday"

Survivors and families of those who died in the 2004 tsunami remember the disaster and visit the graves of their loved ones on the tragedy's 10th anniversary. Display (no reporter narration).

A visualization of the glow over North America represents fluorescence measured from land plants in early July, over a period from 2007 to 2011 in this picture provided by NASA on March 31, 2014. REUTERS/Goddard Space Flight Center/NASA/Handout via Reuters

The best data visualizations of 2014

In the spirit of insufferable year-end lists, for this weekend’s Data Dive we've compiled a delightfully meta collection of other publications’ choices for the best data visualizations of 2014  Full Article 

A Bitcoin (virtual currency) paper wallet with QR codes and coins are seen in an illustration picture taken at La Maison du Bitcoin in Paris July 11, 2014. French police dismantled an illegal Bitcoin exchange and seized 388 virtual currency units worth some 200,000 euros ($272,800) in the first such operation in Europe a public prosecutor said on Monday.   REUTERS/Benoit Tessier (FRANCE - Tags: BUSINESS)

Bitcoin’s defects will hasten its demise

The leading crypto-currency’s economies of scale in mining and its transaction system’s vulnerability to subversion by a dominant miner make it unsound.  Full Article