Edward Longshore draped in an American flag stands outside the Silent Movie Theatre for a midnight screening of "The Interview" in Los Angeles, California December 24, 2014. REUTERS/Jonathan Alcorn

Independents' Day: 'The Interview' sells out

LOS ANGELES - Many midnight showings of "The Interview" sold out in independent movie theatres, as film buffs came out to show their support for freedom of speech.  Full Article 

CDC worker monitored for possible Ebola exposure in lab error 5:38am EST

- A laboratory technician for the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has been placed under observation for possible exposure to the deadly Ebola virus due to an apparent mix-up in lab specimens, the Atlanta-based agency said on Wednesday.

Toni Martin (C), mother of Antonio Martin, who was fatally shot, attends a prayer vigil in Berkeley, Missouri, December 24, 2014. REUTERS/Aaron P Bernstein

Cops confronted after latest Missouri shooting

BERKELEY, Mo. - Protests flared in the St. Louis suburb where a white policeman fatally shot a black man who brandished a gun at a gas station earlier this week.  Video | Full Article 

Pope Francis waves as he delivers a "Urbi et Orbi" (to the city and world) message from the balcony overlooking St. Peter's Square at the Vatican December 25, 2014. REUTERS/Alessandro Bianchi

Pope condemns Islamic State

VATICAN CITY - Pope Francis condemned the "brutal persecution" of minorities by Islamic State insurgents and said the joy of Christmas was marred by the suffering of children in the Middle East and around the world.  Full Article 

Iraqi Christians attend a mass at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Baghdad December 25, 2014. REUTERS/Ahmed Saad

Baghdad's Christians gather defiantly

BAGHDAD - Baghdad’s embattled Christian community worshipped defiantly at Christmas Eve mass. The pews filled at Baghdad’s Sacred Heart church, as people remembered the darkest year in memory.  Full Article 

The water level of the 2004 Tsunami is seen marked above a main door at The Foundation of Goodness village project in Seenigama December 20, 2014. REUTERS/Dinuka Liyanawatte

Out of tragedy, fortune for tsunami village

SEENIGAMA, Sri Lanka - As towering waves came crashing into the southern coast of Sri Lanka on Dec. 26, 2004, Kushil Gunasekera gathered up his children and they ran for their lives to a nearby temple, the highest point they could find.  Full Article 

Rough Cut
In Christmas address, Obama focuses on ending Afghanistan mission

In annual address where U.S. President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama wish Americans a Merry Christmas, Obama says the U.S. mission in Afghanistan will end "in just a few days." Rough Cut (no reporter narration).