Mother of Islamic State captive Jordanian pilot Muath al-Kasaesbeh holds his picture while sitting in a car, as she takes part in a demonstration demanding that the Jordanian government negotiate with Islamic state and for the release of her son, in front of the prime minister's building in Amman, January 27, 2015. REUTERS/Muhammad Hamed

Jordan proposes prisoner swap with Islamic State

AMMAN - Jordan is willing to hand over an Iraqi woman jailed for her role in a 2005 suicide bomb attack if a Jordanian pilot captured by Islamic State is released.  Full Article 

Dollar steadies before Fed, Europe slips on Greece 7:36am EST

LONDON - Stocks and the dollar retrenched on Wednesday amid speculation the Federal Reserve will take a dovish turn in its post-meeting statement later as signs emerge that the greenback's strength is hurting company profits.

Mason Gloudeman, 26, uses a snowboard to jump from a pile of snow in Fort Greene Park in Brooklyn after a snow storm in New York January 27, 2015. REUTERS/Stephanie Keith

Don't need a weatherman

NEW YORK - In the end, it was the weather forecasts that crippled New York City, not the blizzard.  Full Article 

A man wearing a mask depicting Apple's co-founder Steve Jobs holds up a cardboard cut-out of Apple's new iPhone 6, as he walks into the Apple Store at Tokyo's Omotesando shopping district September 19, 2014. REUTERS/Yuya Shino

What will Apple do with its cash?

Apple's blockbuster results and a ballooning cash pile may prompt the company to return more than $200 billion to investors, analysts say.  Full Article 

U.S. President Barack Obama gestures as he talks about access to high-speed broadband for Americans after he views a fiber optics splicing demonstration at Cedar Falls Utilities in Iowa, January 14, 2015.     REUTERS/Larry Downing

Budget cuts hit 'red' states hardest

WASHINGTON, Jan 28 - As Washington has tightened its belt in recent years, the budget cuts have sliced most deeply in states where President Obama is unpopular, according to an analysis of federal spending by Reuters.  Full Article 

U.S. Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen testifies before the House of Representatives Financial Services Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington July 16, 2014. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque

Fed seen remaining patient with rate guidance

WASHINGTON - The Federal Reserve is expected to signal it remains on track to begin raising interest rates later this year, as the central bank shows confidence that low inflation and rising risks from abroad have yet to derail economic recovery.  Full Article 

The logo of Alibaba Group is seen inside the company's headquarters in Hangzhou, Zhejiang province early November 11, 2014. REUTERS/Aly Song

China regulator blasts Alibaba

SHANGHAI - A China regulator has accused Alibaba Group of failing to clean up what it called illegal business deals on the e-commerce titan's platforms, in an unusually strong government criticism of one of the country's biggest private firms.  Full Article 

Bici taxi driver Yosvani Gomes, 39, lifts the curtains of his vehicle after a rain in downtown Havana January 20, 2015. REUTERS /Alexandre Meneghini

Cubans react to Fiedel's view on talks with U.S.

People in the Cuban capital Havana say they agree with former leader Fiedel Castro's cautious approach to renewed talks with the U.S.  Video 

North Korean sanctions remain intact

US, South Korea, Japan agree to maintain sanctions against North Korea, but say opportunities exist for bilateral talks. Julie Noce reports.