Tickets for the film "The Interview" is seen held up by theater manager Donald Melancon for the media at Crest Theater in Los Angeles, California December 24, 2014. REUTERS/Kevork Djansezian

'The Interview' makes its debut. Now who'll go see it?

LOS ANGELES - "The Interview" went straight to U.S. consumers in an unprecedented online debut, but It is not clear if the studio will earn back the $44 million it spent to make the comedy.  Full Article | Video 

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.

Protesters confront police at an intersection after a man was fatally shot by a policeman 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.  Full Article 

Pope Francis kneels as he leads the Christmas night mass in Saint Peter's Basilica at the Vatican December 24, 2014.  REUTERS/Max Rossi

Pope urges world to be open to God

VATICAN CITY - Pope Francis ushered the world's 1.2 billion Roman Catholics into Christmas, urging them to allow God to enter their lives to help combat darkness and corruption.  Full Article 

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Fear and retribution in Xi's corruption purge

HONG KONG/BEIJING - A dossier with material on a Chinese politician’s trip to Hong Kong provides a window into the anti-graft campaign convulsing China.   Video | Full Article 

Kurdish fighters walk past a damaged armoured carrier belonging to Islamic State fighters, in Snoun town, north of mount Sinjar December 22, 2014. REUTERS/Stringer

U.S. to send more private contractors to Iraq

WASHINGTON - The U.S. government is preparing to boost the number of private contractors in Iraq as part of President Barack Obama's growing effort to beat back Islamic State militants threatening the Baghdad government, a senior U.S. official said.  Full Article 

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Obama enjoys a round of gold on Christmas Eve

U.S. President Barack Obama and Prime Minister Najib Razak of Malaysia play golf together in Hawaii. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).