A man walks his dog past an ocean front house covered in ice during a winter blizzard in Marshfield, Massachusetts January 27, 2015.    REUTERS/Brian Snyder

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 

Romney opts against 2016 run for president 11:17am EST

WASHINGTON - Republican Mitt Romney opted out of the 2016 presidential race on Friday after considering whether to run for a third time, telling supporters it is time for the next generation of Republican leaders to seek the White House.

Drones in Yemen

A man walks past a graffiti, denouncing strikes by U.S. drones in Yemen, painted on a wall in Sanaa November 13, 2014. REUTERS/Khaled Abdullah

Drone program faces intelligence gaps

WASHINGTON - The lack of U.S. intelligence needed to run its stealth drone program in Yemen undermines its campaign against al Qaeda.  Full Article 

A soldier carries an anti-U.S. drone booklet as people chant slogans against U.S. drone strikes outside the Yemeni House of Representatives in Sanaa April 24, 2014. REUTERS/Mohamed al-Sayaghi

Strategy flounders as al Qaeda rises

SANAA - The U.S. drone campaign against a local branch of al Qaeda seems to be sliding into disarray.  Full Article 

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'I can't give up': Mother of Japanese hostage

The mother of Japanese journalist Kenji Goto, held by Islamic State militants says she is not giving up, as Japan works with Jordan to secure his release.   Video 

A rescue worker steps outside where victims' shoes are scattered after an explosion in a Shi'ite mosque in Shikarpur, located in Pakistan's Sindh province January 30, 2015. REUTERS/Amir Hussain

Blast at Pakistan Shi'ite mosque kills 49

SHIKARPUR, Pakistan - At least 49 people were killed in a powerful explosion at a crowded Shi'ite mosque in Pakistan, the latest sectarian attack to hit the South Asian nation.  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 

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