A man gets gasoline at a BP station in St. Louis, Missouri January 14, 2015. REUTERS/Kate Munsch

U.S. economic growth cools

WASHINGTON - U.S. economic growth slowed sharply in the fourth quarter as weak business spending and a wider trade deficit offset the fastest pace of consumer spending since 2006.  Full Article 

Dollar set to end January with record run, European shares pause 8:28am EST

LONDON - The dollar was poised to end January with its longest run of gains since it was floated in 1971 while European shares were set for their best monthly performance in three years, despite sagging slightly on Friday.

The MQ-4C Triton unmanned aircraft system completes its inaugural cross-country ferry flight at Naval Air Station Patuxent River, Maryland in this U.S. Navy photo taken September 18, 2014.  REUTERS/U.S. Navy/Erik Hildebrandt/Handout

Yemen drone program facing intelligence gaps

WASHINGTON - The United States is having difficulty getting intelligence needed to run its stealth drone program in Yemen, undermining a campaign against the most lethal branch of al Qaeda.  Full Article 

Jack Ma, Executive Chairman of Alibaba Group, speaks at the WSJD Live conference in Laguna Beach, California October 27, 2014.  REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson

Politics overshadow Alibaba's fairy-tale run

SAN FRANCISCO - Alibaba's underwhelming holiday quarter performance and an escalating war of words with a powerful Chinese industry regulator highlight two major risks to its seemingly fairy-tale ascent: politics and the shift to mobile commerce.  Full Article 

People look at a TV screen broadcasting a news program about Japanese journalist Kenji Goto (top L), who is being held hostage by Islamic State militants, and Sajida al-Rishawi (top R), an Iraqi female prisoner in Jordan, along a street in Tokyo January 29, 2015. REUTERS/Yuya Shino

Japan, Jordan seek news on fate of hostages

AMMAN/TOKYO - Japan and Jordan were working closely to find out what had happened to two of their nationals being held by Islamic State, after a deadline passed for the release of a would-be suicide bomber being held on death row in Amman.  Full Article 

Alexey Chaban stands in front of the Russian tank he damaged and then commandeered. REUTERS/Courtesy of Alexey Chaban

An act of mercy on a Ukraine battlefield

First Lieutenant Alexei Chaban of the Ukrainian 17th Tank Brigade has become an Internet sensation since he posted an open letter to the mother of a Russian tank commander whose life he had spared during a skirmish last week.  Commentary 

A DNA double helix is seen in an undated artist's illustration released by the National Human Genome Research Institute to Reuters on May 15, 2012. REUTERS/National Human Genome Research Institute/Handout

U.S. wants to study DNA from 1 million people

WASHINGTON - The United States has proposed analyzing genetic information from more than 1 million American volunteers as part of a new initiative to understand human disease and develop medicines targeted to an individual's genetic make-up.  Full Article 

Suge Knight is shown at his desk August 8, 2001 in Los Angeles.

Suge Knight questioned after fatal hit-and-run

LOS ANGELES - Rap mogul Marion "Suge" Knight was being interviewed by authorities, hours after he was named as a suspect in a hit-and-run that killed one person near Los Angeles.  Full Article