Pedestrians walk through the Boston Common as the snow from projected major winter storm begins to fall in Boston, Massachusetts January 26, 2015.  REUTERS/Brian Snyder

Blizzard shuts down NYC, much of Northeast

NEW YORK - A life-threatening blizzard barreled into the U.S. Northeast, affecting up to 20 percent of Americans by making workers and students housebound and halting thousands of flights.   Full Article 

Japan vows to work with Jordan to secure hostage release 2:03am EST

TOKYO - Japan has vowed to work with Jordan to secure the release of a Japanese journalist held by Islamic State militants after the killing last week of another Japanese captive, but it reiterated that it would not give in to terrorism.

Ukrainian servicemen fire a machine gun in the village near Mariupol, a city on the Sea of Azov, January 26, 2015. REUTERS/Maksim Levin

Ukraine rebels move to encircle troops

KIEV/ST PETERSBURG - Russian-backed rebels advanced to encircle a Ukrainian army garrison town in a new offensive that has again unleashed all-out war after a five-month ceasefire  Full Article | Video 

MeadWestvaco Corporation global headquarters in Richmond, Va. are seen in this undated handout photo. REUTERS/MeadWestvaco

$16 billion merger creates packaging giant

Packaging companies Rock-Tenn and MeadWestvaco agreed to form a combined $16 billion company to take on market leader International Paper in the U.S. and abroad.  Full Article 

Governor of New Jersey Chris Christie speaks at the Freedom Summit in Des Moines, Iowa, January 24, 2015.  REUTERS/Jim Young

Christie takes step toward White House bid

A source says that New Jersey Governor Chris Christie and his supporters have formed a political action committee ahead of a likely bid for president.  Full Article 

India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi (L) and U.S. President Barack Obama watch India's Republic Day parade from behind rain streaked bullet proof glass as they stand in the rain together in New Delhi January 26, 2015.  REUTERS/Jim Bourg

Obama pledges $4 billion to India

NEW DELHI - President Barack Obama pledged $4 billion in investments and loans to India, seeking to release what he called the "untapped potential" of a business and strategic partnership between the world's largest democracies.  Full Article | Video 

Child care costs careers in South Korea

Low female participation in the workforce poses an increasingly urgent problem in South Korea, the world's fastest-ageing developed country. Yiming Woo reports.


The changing fortunes of fast food

McDonalds is down, Starbucks is up. Here's what the numbers tell us about America's new response to fast food.   Full Article