Wall St. climbs as expectations shift on Fed policy 4:41pm EDT

NEW YORK - U.S. stocks rose on Tuesday and the S&P notched its best performance in a month after a report shifted investor expectations for the Federal Reserve's policy statement due on Wednesday.

A man washes his hands as a preventive measure against the Ebola virus on a street in Monrovia, September 13, 2014. REUTERS/James Giahyue

Obama to deploy troops to combat Ebola

WASHINGTON - The United States will send 3,000 troops to help tackle the Ebola outbreak as part of a ramped-up plan to halt the epidemic.  Full Article 

U.S. troops keep watch near a damaged vehicle at the site of a suicide attack in Kabul September 16, 2014. REUTERS/Mohammad Ismail

Deadly attack near U.S. embassy in Kabul

A suicide car bomber killed two U.S. troops and a Polish soldier in an attack on a convoy near the U.S. embassy in Kabul on Tuesday, the NATO-led coalition said, one of the worst attacks on international forces in the Afghan capital in months.  Full Article 

Spanish ham is displayed for sale in a shop window at a grocery store in St. Petersburg August 13, 2014. REUTERS/Alexander Demianchuk

Russia risks recession, says ex-finance minister

MOSCOW - Russia risks slipping into recession because the government is not investing enough in the economy to weather Western sanctions, former finance minister Alexei Kudrin said, criticizing the strategy so far.  Full Article 

Nine-day-old chicks congregate at a Foster Farms chicken ranch near Turlock, California, June 16, 2014. REUTERS/Max Whittaker

Lawmakers want to curb antibiotic use on farms

Two lawmakers are calling for action to rein in antibiotic use in livestock in response to a Reuters investigation showing how top U.S. poultry firms have been administering drugs to their flocks.  Full Article 

SpaceX CEO Elon Musk speaks after unveiling the Dragon V2 spacecraft in Hawthorne, California May 29, 2014. REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni

Boeing, SpaceX to build 'space taxis' for NASA

CAPE CANAVERAL/WASHINGTON - NASA will partner with Boeing and SpaceX to build commercially owned and operated "space taxis" to fly astronauts to the International Space Station.  Full Article 

U.S. general says ground forces cannot be ruled out in war on Islamic State

U.S. General Martin Dempsey says U.S. military ground forces may be necessary to fight Islamic State if Obama's current policy fails. Vanessa Johnston reports.


Putin’s strategy could vex NATO

By David Axe and Robert Beckhusen