Villagers harvest wheat in a field in Albu Efan, southwest of Falluja, 30 miles west of Baghdad, in this May 2, 2008 file photo.       REUTERS/Mohanned Faisal/Files

Wheat Warfare: A new front for Islamic State

SHEKHAN Iraq - Islamic State uses grain to fill its pockets, to deprive opponents of vital food supplies, and to win over fellow Sunni Muslims as it tightens its grip on captured territory in Iraq.  Full Article 

U.S. consumer confidence, home prices show weakness 11:28am EDT

NEW YORK - U.S. consumer confidence fell in September for the first time in five months and home prices in July rose less than expected from a year earlier, underscoring the unsteady nature of U.S. growth.

Protesters walk along a street as they block an area near the government headquarters building in Hong Kong September 30, 2014. Tens of thousands of pro-democracy protesters extended a blockade of Hong Kong streets on Tuesday, stockpiling supplies and erecting makeshift barricades ahead of what some fear may be a push by police to clear the roads before Chinese National Day.  REUTERS/Carlos Barria

Are ‘Hong Kong people’ still Chinese?

Beyond the immediate causes of contention in Hong Kong are the much larger existential issues of who gets to define just exactly what it means to be part of China, and to be Chinese.  Commentary | Related Story 

The logos of EBay and PayPal in a photo illustration.  REUTERS/Combination

EBay to spin off PayPal, following Icahn's whim

EBay plans to spin off PayPal, its fast-growing payments business, into a publicly traded company in the second half of 2015, marking an about-face for the company.  Full Article 

The White House is seen through layers of fencing in Washington, September 24, 2014.  REUTERS/Larry Downing

Intruder ran through White House main floor

WASHINGTON - The man who breached security at the White House this month raced through several rooms on the main floor, penetrating farther into the building than previously disclosed, a Republican congressman said.  Full Article 

Mayor of Chicago Rahm Emanuel (C) looks over at one of the Chicago Police Department's newest recruits prior to their graduation ceremony for in Chicago, Illinois, April 21, 2014. REUTERS/Jim Young

Emanuel's 'Obama halo' dims

CHICAGO - Rahm Emanuel won election as mayor of Chicago three years ago in part because of his strength in the African-American community. But closing schools - and a sense that Emanuel is out of touch - have hurt his standing with black voters.  Full Article 

The Exchange: President Paul Ryan?

The Congressman sits down with Rob Cox to discuss his book, "The Way Forward," and ways to jumpstart the economy, create prosperity and fix the NFL.

Employees of a foreign exchange trading company work under monitors displaying Japan's Nikkei stock average (bottom) and the Japanese yen's exchange rate against against the U.S. dollar September 19, 2014. REUTERS/Toru Hanai

Weak yen doesn't mean strong Japan

While dollar/yen at 109 was virtually inconceivable before Japanese prime minister Shinzo Abe's election, he's made less progress with other pledges.  Video