Wall Street edges up, set for best month since February 2:15pm EDT

NEW YORK - U.S. stocks edged higher in a quiet session on Friday as the latest in a string of positive data pushed investors to extend a rally that had been briefly threatened by overseas concerns, although gains were capped ahead of an extended holiday weekend.

A volunteer police officer in a rebel-controlled area of Aleppo takes cover during a firefight with Syrian government forces, September 24, 2012.  REUTERS/Courtesy James Palmer

Crossing paths with James Foley

A photo journalist tells his account of meeting James Foley and witnessing a young boy's funeral while on assignment in Syria.  Commentary 

A cyclist exits the entryway to the Main Quad at Stanford University in Stanford, California, May 9, 2014. REUTERS/Beck Diefenbach

'Yes means yes,' on California campuses

Californian lawmakers passed a law requiring universities to adopt "affirmative consent" language in their definitions of consensual sex, part of a nationwide drive to curb sexual assault on U.S. campuses.  Full Article 

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Google tests drones to deliver goods

SAN FRANCISCO - Google is developing airborne drones capable of flying on their own and delivering anything from candy to medicine.  Full Article | Video 

A militant Islamist fighter uses a mobile to film his fellow fighters taking part in a military parade along the streets of Syria's northern Raqqa province June 30, 2014. REUTERS/Stringer

Islamic State presents Jordan with new test

AMMAN - Support for Islamic State among Jordanian Islamist fundamentalists is widening. With that support come new risks for a U.S. ally mostly unscathed by the Middle Eastern turmoil of recent years.   Full Article 

Protesters hold up posters with the image of former Banco Espirito Santo (BES) CEO Ricardo Salgado during a demonstration at BES's headquarters office in downtown Lisbon in this August 9, 2014 file photo.   REUTERS/Hugo Correia/Files

The billion-dollar fall of Espirito Santo

LISBON - When a $365 million bond investment by Venezuela's state oil company went south, it portended doom for Ricardo Espirito Santo Salgado's 150-year-old financial empire.  Full Article 

The battle for control in Pakistan

Pakistan's prime minister, weakened by weeks of opposition protests calling for him to resign, distances himself from an army move to intervene in the crisis. Deborah Lutterbeck reports.