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 

Futures rally after BOJ ramps up stimulus 7:23am EDT

NEW YORK - U.S. stock index futures rallied on Friday 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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A Citigroup logo is pictured from the floor of the New York Stock Exchange July 9, 2014. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid

Citigroup sets aside $600 million for legal costs

Citigroup said it was setting aside an extra $600 million to cover legal expenses in the third quarter due to "rapidly evolving regulatory inquiries," while also disclosing that it was subject to foreign exchange market probes.  Full Article 

A booking mugshot of Eric Frein is seen as it appears on an FBI Twitter announcement of his capture in Pennsylvania October 30, 2014. Thursday. REUTERS/FBI/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 

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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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.