A security guard stands at the entrance of United Artists theater during the premiere of the film 'The Interview' in Los Angeles, California December 11, 2014. REUTERS/Kevork Djansezian

Sony hack raises hackles

WASHINGTON - The United States said a cyber attack on Sony Pictures blamed on North Korea was a major national security matter and the White House was considering a proportional response.  Full Article 

U.S. jobless claims signal firmer labor market; other data mixed 12:34pm EST

WASHINGTON - The number of Americans filing new claims for unemployment benefits unexpectedly fell last week, suggesting the labor market continued to strengthen.

U.S. President Barack Obama talks with Cuba's President Raul Castro of Cuba from the Oval Office at the White House in Washington, DC  December 16, 2014. REUTERS/White House/Pete Souza/handout

Inside the U.S.-Cuba backchannel

Reuters Diplomatic Editor Warren Strobel breaks down the secret evolution of U.S.-Cuba ties under the Obama administration culminating in Wednesday's prisoner swap and the potential for opening relations after more than fifty years.  Video | Full Article 

An employee counts Russian ruble banknotes at a private company's office in Krasnoyarsk, Siberia, December 17, 2014. REUTERS/Ilya Naymushin

Putin: Ruble crisis? What ruble crisis?

MOSCOW - President Vladimir Putin assured Russians that the economy would rebound after the ruble's dramatic slide this year but offered no remedy for a deepening financial crisis.  Full Article | Commentary 

An explosion following an air strike is seen in central Kobani in Syria, November 17, 2014. REUTERS/Osman Orsal

U.S. allies increasingly absent from Syria strikes

WASHINGTON/DUBAI - As U.S. fighter jets pound Islamic State targets in Syria, Washington's coalition allies appear increasingly absent from the air war.  Full Article 

A woman with an umbrella walks along the shoreline of Lanikai Beach during a brief sunrise sunshower in Kailua, Hawaii. REUTERS/Lucy Pemoni

The best places to retire

Reuters has teamed up with Zillow to give you the power to customize a list of your best places to retire. Learn how to use our interactive tool to help you determine the cities and towns that meet your criteria.  Video | Graphic 

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Breakingviews: Biotech bonanza

Robert Cyran and Reynolds Holding discuss Juno Therapeutics' IPO and the prospects for its cancer drug as well as other promising technologies in the booming sector.