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Sony puts 'The Interview' on YouTube, other digital platforms

LOS ANGELES - "The Interview," the provocative comedy that triggered a devastating cyberattack on Sony Pictures, went straight to U.S. consumers on Wednesday in an unprecedented online debut after hacker threats prevented its wide release on Christmas day. | Video

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Japan $29 billion stimulus seeks quick boost for regional economies: draft

TOKYO - Japan aims to give a quick boost to lagging regional economies and low-income households with subsidies, merchandise vouchers and other schemes in a $29 billion stimulus package aimed at rejuvenating a two-year reflationary effort, a draft of the plan showed.

24 Dec 2014

U.S. retailers likely to just meet holiday sales forecasts: experts

CHICAGO - U.S. consumers have not turned out in force for the final shopping days before Christmas, suggesting that traditional retailers will just meet industry sales forecasts in a season marked by deep discounts and growing encroachment from online rivals led by Amazon.com Inc .

24 Dec 2014

MF Global Holdings to pay $100 million fine in CFTC settlement

WASHINGTON - The U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission said on Wednesday it had fined MF Global Holdings Ltd for wrongdoing during the collapse of the futures brokerage, but will continue its lawsuit against the firm's former chief, Jon Corzine.

Firefighters targeted in drive-by shooting in north Florida

TAMPA, Fla. - A firefighter was grazed in the arm during a drive-by shooting behind a north Florida fire station on Tuesday evening, police said.

24 Dec 2014

Islamic State captures Jordanian pilot after warplane crashes in Syria

AMMAN - Islamic State fighters took a Jordanian pilot prisoner after his warplane came down in northeast Syria on Wednesday, the first captive taken from the U.S.-led coalition battling the jihadi group.