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  • Hundreds of theaters begin screening 'The Interview' Thursday, 25 Dec 2014 | 3:02 PM ET

    Hundreds of theaters Thursday, from The Edge 8 in Greenville, Alabama, to Michael Moore's Bijou by the Bay in Traverse, Michigan, made special holiday arrangements for the Seth Rogen-James Franco comedy depicting the assassination of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. But with President Obama among others criticizing the decision, Sony officials changed their...

  • NEW YORK/ LOS ANGELES, Dec 25- "The Interview," the Sony Pictures film about a fictional plot to assassinate North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, opened in more than 300 cinemas across the United States on Christmas Day, drawing sell-out audiences in many theaters where outspoken patrons said they were championing freedom of expression. Seth Rogen, who co-stars in the...

  • At 101, dedicated union rep is calling it quits Thursday, 25 Dec 2014 | 10:29 AM ET

    NEW YORK— At 101, Charlie Ponti has finally decided to retire for good— probably. On Dec. 31, he will officially finish up a 77- year stint with the Office and Professional Employees International Union Local 153, where he started as a business representative and organizer and ended as the president of the local's retirees association. The Rutherford, New Jersey,...

  • Correction: NKorea-Mystery Outage story Thursday, 25 Dec 2014 | 8:55 AM ET

    LONDON— In a story Dec. 24 about North Korea's Internet outages, The Associated Press reported erroneously that the Falkland Islands are located in the North Atlantic. LONDON— North Korea's microscopic corner of the Internet has had a rough couple of days, suffering seven outages in 48 hours, according to one Web traffic monitor. "A large city block in London or New...

  • *Many markets closed around the region, as well as London, U.S. Markets are closed in other key countries around the region, including Australia, Singapore, Hong Kong and South Korea, and will be closed later in London and New York. There were some guys taking profits in the dollar-yen this week, but most people seem happy to be caught long, "said Kaneo Ogino, director at...

  • The film was available for rental on Google Inc's YouTube site as of early Wednesday afternoon. Microsoft Corp and Sony itself are also showing the comedy, a day before the hastily scheduled premiere at some 320 independent theaters. He added that Sony had first reached out to Google, Microsoft "and other partners" on Dec. 17, the day the studio said it had no future...

  • NYSE stocks posting largest percentage increases Wednesday, 24 Dec 2014 | 6:02 PM ET

    NEW YORK— A look at the 10 biggest percentage gainers on New York Stock Exchange at the close of trading:. Amira Nature Foods Ltd. rose 30.1 percent to $12.75. Navigator Hldgs Ltd. rose 12.7 percent to $20.18.

  • Nasdaq stocks posting largest percentage decreases Wednesday, 24 Dec 2014 | 6:02 PM ET

    Herzfeld Caribbean Basin Fund fell 20.3 percent to $11.25. Vascular Biogenics fell 7.7 percent to $6.00. Corium Intl Inc. fell 6.8 percent to $6.00.

  • Nasdaq stocks posting largest volume decreases Wednesday, 24 Dec 2014 | 6:02 PM ET

    ASM International NV: Approximately shares changed hands, a 99.7 decrease from its 65- day average volume. Alliance Bancorp Inc.: Approximately shares changed hands, a 99.8 decrease from its 65- day average volume. Carolina Bank Holdings Inc.: Approximately shares changed hands, a 99.9 decrease from its 65- day average volume.

  • NYSE stocks posting largest volume decreases Wednesday, 24 Dec 2014 | 6:02 PM ET

    NEW YORK— A look at the 10 biggest volume decliners on New York Stock Exchange at the close of trading:. Brookfield Canada Office Properties: Approximately shares changed hands, a 99.8 decrease from its 65- day average volume. Globant SA: Approximately 2,200 shares changed hands, a 95.4 decrease from its 65- day average volume.

  • Nasdaq stocks posting largest volume increases Wednesday, 24 Dec 2014 | 6:02 PM ET

    The shares rose $1.45 or 9.9 percent to $16.10. Atossa Genetics Inc.: Approximately 1,479,300 shares changed hands, a 675.9 percent increase over its 65- day average volume. The shares rose$. 37 or 34.9 percent to $1.43.

  • NYSE stocks posting largest volume increases Wednesday, 24 Dec 2014 | 6:02 PM ET

    NEW YORK— A look at the 10 biggest volume gainers on New York Stock Exchange at the close of trading:. Amira Nature Foods Ltd.: Approximately 794,100 shares changed hands, a 321.3 percent increase over its 65- day average volume. The shares rose $2.95 or 30.1 percent to $12.75.

  • NYSE stocks posting largest percentage decreases Wednesday, 24 Dec 2014 | 6:02 PM ET

    NEW YORK— A look at the 10 biggest percentage decliners on New York Stock Exchange at the close of trading:. Luxfer Holdings PLC fell 6.8 percent to $14.62. Sanchez Energy Corp. fell 6.7 percent to $9.91.

  • Nasdaq stocks posting largest percentage increases Wednesday, 24 Dec 2014 | 6:02 PM ET

    Energous Corp. rose 18.7 percent to $9.46. Virgin America rose 14.5 percent to $41.00. Palmetto Bancshares Inc. rose 12.1 percent to $18.77.

  • Most active Nasdaq-traded stocks Wednesday, 24 Dec 2014 | 6:02 PM ET

    Achillion Pharmaceuticals Inc. rose 10.3 percent to $13.06 with 12,986,900 shares traded. American Realty Capital Properties Inc. was unchanged at $8.33 with 18,528,800 shares traded. Apple Inc. fell. 5 percent to $112.01 with 14,146,700 shares traded.

  • HAVANA, Dec 24- Cuba released more information on its fragile external finances this week than it has in over a decade, as it seeks foreign investment and credit following its sudden improvement in relations with the United States. President Barack Obama' s announcement last week that Washington would restore diplomatic ties with Cuba and lift some economic...

  • Microsoft Corp and Sony itself are also showing the comedy, a day before its scheduled premiere at some 320 independent theaters. He added that Sony had first reached out to Google, Microsoft "and other partners" on Dec. 17, the day the studio said it was canceling the movie's Christmas Day release. The showing is a chance for Google and Microsoft, which have been bit...

  • NEW YORK, Dec 24- A U.S. judge has ordered Vivendi SA to pay nearly $50 million to resolve a shareholder lawsuit over a merger that occurred in 2000, but issued another order putting the money in escrow while the French media group appeals. On Wednesday, she issued a separate order that allows Vivendi to have the judgment's execution put on hold pending an appeal,...

  • CHICAGO, Dec 24- 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.. "The past weekend will not save this holiday season," said Craig Johnson,...

  • NEW YORK, Dec 24- U.S. shares ended flat on Wednesday, with the Dow industrials eking out a record close after the latest data showed strength in the world's largest economy, while a mixed economic picture in Europe kept the region's stocks largely in check. Oil prices resumed declines after the U.S. Energy Information Administration reported a large build in U.S....