Security guards stand behind bicycle rails at the entrance of United Artists theater during 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 | Related Story 

S&P 500 posts biggest gain since Jan 2013; tech leads 4:14pm EST

NEW YORK - The S&P 500 posted its biggest jump since January 2013 on Thursday, extending a Fed-fueled rally from the previous session, as tech shares gained after stronger-than-expected results from Oracle.

An anti-Castro Cuban exile holds a Cuban flag during a protest after the announcement of restoring diplomatic ties between Cuba and United States, at an area knows as 'Little Havana' in downtown Miami, Florida December 17, 2014. REUTERS/Carlos Barria

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.  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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Cubans hope for prosperity after normalizing relations with the U.S.

Cubans say they hope for a more prosperous future following the normalization of five decades of hostile relations with the U.S. and long-standing trade embargoes which have significantly restricted the island's economy. Nathan Frandino reports.