People walk past television screens displaying a news program, about an Islamic State video showing Japanese captive Kenji Goto, on a street in Tokyo January 28, 2015.   REUTERS/Yuya Shino

New IS hostage deadline

AMMAN/TOKYO - An audio message purportedly from the Japanese journalist being held by Islamic State militants said a Jordanian hostage also held by the group would be killed unless an Iraqi female prisoner in Jordan was released by Thursday.  Full Article 

Asian shares skid as bullish Fed takes investors by surprise 2:09am EST

TOKYO - Asian shares extended losses on Thursday after the Federal Reserve took an upbeat view on the U.S. economy and signalled that it remains firmly on track to raise interest rates this year, despite an uncertain global outlook.

Greece's newly-appointed Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras (C) leaves the Presidential Mansion after his swearing-in ceremony as Greece's first leftist prime minister in Athens January 26, 2015.  REUTERS/Marko Djurica

Greece freezes privatizations, markets tumble

ATHENS - Leftwing Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras threw down an open challenge to international creditors by halting privatization plans agreed under the country's bailout deal, prompting a third day of heavy losses on financial markets.  Full Article 

Jan 27, 2015; Phoenix, AZ, USA; Seattle Seahawks fans during media day for Super Bowl XLIX at US Airways Center. Mandatory Credit: Rob Schumacher-Arizona Republic via USA TODAY Sports

Weighing the cost of going to the Super Bowl

NEW YORK - Is it worth it to buy the tickets and make the trip to see the Super Bowl in person?  Full Article 

McDonald's CEO Don Thompson takes part in a session focused on 'Agriculture' during the Climate Summit at the United Nations in New York September 23, 2014. CREDIT: REUTERS/ADREES LATIF

McDonald's CEO Don Thompson to retire

McDonald's Corp said Chief Executive Don Thompson would retire at the end of February and be succeeded by Steve Easterbrook, the company's chief brand officer.  Full Article 

An environmental group employee holds a used filter sock in Bismarck, North Dakota January 27, 2015. REUTERS/Andrew Cullen

North Dakota oil seeks looser radiation rules

WILLISTON, N.D. - North Dakota's oil industry is pushing to change the state's radioactive waste disposal laws as part of a broad effort to conserve cash as oil prices tumble.  Full Article 

Volkswagen Phaeton Exclusive is pictured during a media preview day at the Frankfurt Motor Show (IAA) September 10, 2013. REUTERS/Pawel Kopczynski

Cost-cutting VW bets big to revamp Phaeton

BERLIN - Even in the midst of a cost-cutting drive, Volkswagen has embarked on a plan to revamp its luxury Phaeton sedan.  Full Article 

A cross country skier makes his way along the Charles River past the Boston skyline following a winter blizzard in Cambridge, Massachusetts January 28, 2015. REUTERS/Brian Snyder

Oceanfront Massachusetts cleans after flooding

MARSHFIELD, Mass. - Ocean Street in the waterfront Massachusetts town of Marshfield was littered with lobster traps, downed wires and chunks of houses, the day after a massive blizzard hammered New England.  Full Article 

Purported message from Japanese hostage held by IS demands prisoner release

Audio message purportedly from Japanese hostage Kenji Goto says a Jordanian pilot held by IS militants will be killed, unless an Iraqi female prisoner held by Jordan is released by Thursday sunset. Mana Rabiee reports.