A Palestinian inspects the wreckage of a car, which witnesses said was hit by a nearby Israeli air strike that killed three senior Hamas military commanders, in Rafah in the southern Gaza Strip August 21, 2014. REUTERS/Ibraheem Abu Mustafa

Israel air strikes kill three Hamas commanders

GAZA - An Israeli air strike killed three senior Hamas military commanders, the clearest sign yet that Israel is focusing its assault on those leading the militant attacks.   Full Article | Slideshow 

U.S. jobless claims fall, continued claims at seven-year low 8:32am EDT

WASHINGTON, Aug 21 - The number of Americans filing new claims for unemployment benefits fell more than expected last week, pointing to a sustained improvement in labor market conditions.

A masked Islamic State militant holding a knife speaks next to man purported to be U.S. journalist James Foley at an unknown location in this still image from an undated video posted on a social media website. REUTERS/Social Media Website via REUTERS TV

Beheading is a strategy to nowhere for militants

Graphic killings have yet to sway any country’s policy or public opinion in a meaningful way. The Islamic State’s threat to kill another American journalist held captive, Steven Sotloff, won't deliver the results the organization seeks.  Full Article 

Demonstrators shout "Hands up, don't shoot," while protesting the killing of unarmed black teen Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri August 20, 2014.  REUTERS/Adrees Latif

Calm largely holds in Missouri

FERGUSON Mo. - Small crowds staged largely peaceful protests late over the fatal shooting of a black teenager by a white police officer in Ferguson, Missouri, the calmest night since riots erupted over the racially charged killing.  Full Article | Video 

A security guard patrols outside a Bank of America office in Burbank, California August 19, 2011.  REUTERS/Fred Prouser

Bank of America to pay $16.5 billion settlement

WASHINGTON - Bank of America is expected to pay more than $16.5 billion to end investigations into mortgage securities that the bank and its units sold in the run-up to the financial crisis.   Full Article 

Hewlett-Packard ProLiant commercial data servers destined for cloud computing are assembled by workers at a company manufacturing facility in Houston November 19, 2013. REUTERS/Donna Carson

Hewlett-Packard posts surprise revenue gain

SAN FRANCISCO - Hewlett-Packard posted a surprise increase in quarterly revenue after sales from its personal computer division climbed 12 percent, but a poor performance from its other units underscored the company's uphill battle to revive growth.  Full Article 

Liberian security forces stand in front of protesters after clashes at West Point neighborhood in Monrovia, August 20, 2014. REUTERS/2Tango

Police fire on protesters as Ebola toll rises

MONROVIA - Liberian police shot live rounds and teargas on a stone-throwing crowd protesting a neighborhood quarantine as the epidemic's death toll rose to 1,350 in West Africa.  Full Article 

Yasmin (2nd L), 16, Hana (C), 16, and their friends walk in the park after finishing a GCSE exam near their school in Hackney, east London June 6, 2013. REUTERS/Olivia Harris/Files

Veils for Muslim women in UK, despite threat

LONDON - Many young Muslim women living in Britain have chosen to adopt headscarfs to declare their faith, despite rising violence against visibly identifiable Muslims.  Full Article