McCarthy quits speaker race, plunges GOP in chaos

WASHINGTON - House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, considered the favorite to succeed Speaker John Boehner, surprisingly dropped out of the speaker race.

Bill Gross sues Pimco for $200 million over forced ouster 12:27pm EDT

NEW YORK - Famed bond investor Bill Gross has sued his former employer Pacific Investment Management Co and its parent Allianz SE for $200 million, claiming he was wrongfully ousted by a "cabal" of executives who wanted his share of the bonus pool.


Covers for TDI diesel Volkswagen, Audi and Skoda engines are seen in this picture illustration in Jelah, Bosnia and Herzegovina, September 29, 2015. REUTERS/Dado Ruvic

But what if I love my dirty diesel VW?

SAN FRANCISCO - Whatever fix Volkswagen proposes for its polluting diesel cars could be undermined by some owners in the United States who won't bring their cars in for a recall and can't be forced to.  Full Article 

Russian President Vladimir Putin speaks during his annual end-of-year news conference in Moscow December 18, 2014.REUTERS/Maxim Zmeyev

Is 'Czar Putin' as secure as he seems?

PARIS - "Putin is a hostage of his entourage," says Sergei Pugachev, an enemy who once counted the Kremlin chief as a close family friend, one of many who believe his confidence hides a deeper insecurity.  Full Article 

A woman holds the hand of her mother who is dying from cancer during her final hours at a palliative care hospital in Winnipeg July 24, 2010.    REUTERS/Shaun Best

Oncologists reject pricey 'me too' drugs

LOS ANGELES - Oncologists are unimpressed with so-called "me too" drugs developed by companies looking to grab market share from a more established product. They are also less likely to prescribe them to patients who have exhausted other types of treatment.  Full Article 

Belarussian writer Svetlana Alexievich is seen in this undated photo in Minsk, Belarus. Alexievich won the 2015 Nobel Prize for Literature, the award-giving body announced on October 8, 2015. REUTERS/Vasily Fedosenko

Alexievich, chronicler of Soviet life, wins Nobel

STOCKHOLM - Belarussian author Svetlana Alexievich won the Nobel Prize for Literature for her portrayal of life in the former Soviet Union, which the Swedish Academy said was "a monument to suffering and courage in our time."  Full Article | Graphics: 115 years of Nobels 

Cyber sick: Can your medical device catch a virus?

Is your doctor the only one watching the signals your pacemaker is sending out? Reuters technology correspondent Jim Finkle explores threats in the world of connected medical devices.

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