A woman from the minority Yazidi sect, who fled violence in the Iraqi town of Sinjar, makes bread at Bajed Kadal refugee camp, southwest of Dohuk province in this August 22, 2014 file photo. REUTERS/Youssef Boudlal/Files

Wheat Warfare: A new front for Islamic State

SHEKHAN, Iraq - Islamic State uses grain to fill its pockets, to deprive opponents of vital food supplies, and to win over fellow Sunni Muslims as it tightens its grip on captured territory in Iraq.  Full Article 

U.S. consumer confidence, home prices show weakness 11:28am EDT

NEW YORK - U.S. consumer confidence fell in September for the first time in five months and home prices in July rose less than expected from a year earlier, underscoring the unsteady nature of U.S. growth.

U.S. Secret Service Director Julia Pierson is sworn in to testify at the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee hearing on "White House Perimeter Breach: New Concerns about the Secret Service" on Capitol Hill in Washington September 30, 2014.REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque

Lawmakers scold Secret Service chief

WASHINGTON - Lawmakers scolded the head of the U.S. Secret Service over a security breach that allowed a knife-wielding intruder to run deep into the White House, and Director Julia Pierson promised to make changes to agency procedures.  Full Article 

Protesters walk along a street as they block an area near the government headquarters building in Hong Kong September 30, 2014. Tens of thousands of pro-democracy protesters extended a blockade of Hong Kong streets on Tuesday, stockpiling supplies and erecting makeshift barricades ahead of what some fear may be a push by police to clear the roads before Chinese National Day.  REUTERS/Carlos Barria

Are ‘Hong Kong people’ still Chinese?

Beyond the immediate causes of contention in Hong Kong are the much larger existential issues of who gets to define just exactly what it means to be part of China, and to be Chinese.  Commentary | Related Story 

Flags of PayPal and eBay are seen next to a U.S. flag outside a PayPal office building in San Jose, California May 28, 2014. REUTERS/Beck Diefenbach

EBay to spin off PayPal, following Icahn's call

EBay plans to spin off PayPal, its fast-growing payments business, into a publicly traded company in the second half of 2015, marking an about-face for the company.  Full Article 

Mayor of Chicago Rahm Emanuel (C) looks over at one of the Chicago Police Department's newest recruits prior to their graduation ceremony for in Chicago, Illinois, April 21, 2014. REUTERS/Jim Young

Emanuel's 'Obama halo' dims

CHICAGO - Rahm Emanuel won election as mayor of Chicago three years ago in part because of his strength in the African-American community. But closing schools - and a sense that Emanuel is out of touch - have hurt his standing with black voters.  Full Article 

Rough Cut
Once banned from US, Modi meets Obama at White House

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and President Barack Obama discussed clean energy, trade and security issues during Modi's first visit to the White House. Rough Cut (no reporter narration)

Employees of a foreign exchange trading company work under monitors displaying Japan's Nikkei stock average (bottom) and the Japanese yen's exchange rate against against the U.S. dollar September 19, 2014. REUTERS/Toru Hanai

Weak yen doesn't mean strong Japan

While dollar/yen at 109 was virtually inconceivable before Japanese prime minister Shinzo Abe's election, he's made less progress with other pledges.  Video