Wall Street drifts to another record in light trading 4:37pm EDT

NEW YORK - U.S. stocks were little changed on Wednesday, with the S&P 500 creeping up to another record closing high in a lethargic session, though a number of retail stocks traded heavily after reporting results.

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Syrian army attacked on multiple fronts

Two competing rebel groups, including Islamic State, have been attacking Syrian forces, with IS reportedly seizing control of the Golan Heights crossing and a military base.  Video 

A Palestinian family leaves a United Nations-run school sheltering displaced Palestinians, as they make their way home after a ceasefire was declared, in the east of Khan Younis in the southern Gaza Strip August 27, 2014. REUTERS/Ibraheem Abu Mustafa

Israel's Netanyahu under fire at home

GAZA/JERUSALEM - Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu faced strong criticism in Israel over a costly conflict with Palestinian militants in which no clear victor emerged.  Full Article | Video 

Arizona Republican gubernatorial primary candidate Doug Ducey smiles after voting, as he stands alongside his family, in the Paradise Valley section of Phoenix, Arizona August 26, 2014.   REUTERS/Samantha Sais

Tea Party wins in primary for Arizona governor

PHOENIX - Arizona state treasurer and businessman Doug Ducey claimed victory in the race to be the Republican nominee to replace outgoing Governor Jan Brewer, who has repeatedly clashed with the Obama administration over illegal immigration.  Full Article 

A portrait of the Snapchat logo in Ventura, California December 21, 2013. REUTERS/Eric Thayer

Breakingviews: Is Snapchat all talk?

Rob Cyran and Reynolds Holding discuss why the photo messaging service's whopping $10 billion valuation has a lot more to do with dreams than economics.  Video 

Presidential candidate Marina Silva of Brazilian Socialist Party (PSB) attends the first television debate at the Bandeirantes TV studio in Sao Paulo August 26, 2014. REUTERS/Paulo Whitaker

Silva's silver lining with investors

RIO DE JANEIRO - Investors are warming up to a possible victory by Marina Silva in Brazil's presidential election as the popular environmentalist emerges as their best shot at avoiding four more years of a government they strongly dislike.  Full Article 

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Shirley Sotloff pleads with Islamic State leader to release son

Shirley Sotloff, the mother of American journalist Steven Sotloff who is being held by Islamic rebels in Syria, makes a direct appeal to his captors to release him. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).

A MQ-1 Predator unmanned aircraft. REUTERS/U.S. Air Force/Lieutenant Colonel Leslie Pratt/Handout

Anatomy of an airstrike

By David Axe and Robert Beckhusen