People holding placards chant "Save Kenji" during a vigil in front of the Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's official residence in Tokyo, January 28, 2015.  REUTERS/Toru Hanai

Jordan prisoner swap on hold, hostage fate unclear

AMMAN - Jordan said it had received no assurance that one of its pilots captured by Islamic State insurgents was safe and that it would go ahead with a proposed prisoner swap only if he was freed.  Full Article 

Fed upbeat on U.S. economy, cites strong job gains 5:49pm EST

WASHINGTON - The Federal Reserve on Wednesday said the U.S. economy was expanding "at a solid pace" with strong job gains in a signal that the central bank remains on track with its plans to raise interest rates this year. | Video

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 

Boeing 747-8 picked to replace Air Force One - sources

The U.S. Air Force will reportedly announce a decision to go with Boeing's commercial 747-8 airliner as a replacement for Air Force One's current fleet of presidential aircraft. Vanessa Johnston reports.

Allyn Bonnenfant, a member of the French community, carries a tray of croissants in her patisserie in Netanya, a city of 180,000 on the Mediterranean north of Tel Aviv, that has become the semi-official capital of the French community in Israel, January 25, 2015. REUTERS/Ronen Zvulun

Hands off those hot spots

French Jews put down roots in Israel, new obstacles for hotels trying to serve expensive wi-fi and more you may have missed. By Arlene Getz.  Full Article