Protesters confront police officers during a second night of rioting in Ferguson, Missouri November 25, 2014. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson

Protests spread across U.S.

FERGUSON, Mo - Protests spread across the United States and more than 2,000 National Guard troops were deployed in the St. Louis area to prevent a second night of rioting and looting.  Full Article | Slideshow 

Asia shares rise on U.S. optimism, oil under pressure before OPEC 1:51am EST

TOKYO - Asian stocks edged up on Wednesday after upbeat U.S. economic growth data calmed investor anxiety over a deteriorating global outlook, while the Australian dollar languished near four-year lows against the dollar.

Riot police guard the main Nathan Road outside the HSBC Kowloon headquarters after clearing part of a protest site occupied by pro-democracy protesters for weeks at Mongkok district in Hong Kong November 26, 2014. REUTERS/Bobby Yip

HK student leaders arrested as police clear site

HONG KONG - Hong Kong police cleared activists from one of the largest protest sites in the city and arrested Joshua Wong and Lester Shum, two of the student leaders at the heart of the pro-democracy movement that has shaken the Asian financial hub.  Full Article 

Customers visit the fruit and vegetables department of a Carrefour grocery store in Brussels September 4, 2014.    REUTERS/Eric Vidal

Europe feels sting in the tail of Russia sanctions

BRUSSELS - As EU governments consider blacklisting more Ukrainian separatists and potentially more Russians and companies over the crisis in Ukraine, anecdotal evidence and new EU data show the economic costs for Europe of pressuring the Kremlin.  Full Article 

A two-mile Canadian Pacific train loaded with oil tank cars idles on a track in Enderlin, North Dakota, November 14, 2014. REUTERS/Ernest Scheyder

Why a North Dakota town is taking on big rail

ENDERLIN, N.D. - More than 60 percent of the 1.1 million barrels of oil produced each day in North Dakota is transported via rail, which has delayed, blocked and frustrated residents of a small town. Now the issue has landed in court.  Full Article 

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel (L) listens as President Barack Obama announces Hagel’s resignation at the White House in Washington, November 24, 2014. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque

Chuck Hagel the scapegoat

Chuck Hagel’s resignation as secretary of defense may bring about some short-term political gains, but in the long run it will not be good for the administration, the Pentagon or the country.  Commentary 

Thanksgiving Day holiday shoppers line up with discounted television sets at the Target retail store in Chicago, Illinois, November 28, 2013. REUTERS/Jeff Haynes

Behind Black Friday's giant, cheap TV deals

NEW YORK - You might need two carts to walk away with what may be this year's biggest Black Friday bargain (at least by size): a 65-inch Vizio television at Walmart for $648.  Full Article 

Taking on Islamic State

The John Amos coal-fired power plant is seen behind a home in Poca, West Virginia May 18, 2014. REUTERS/Robert Galbraith

Predicting nuclear power outages

The fall refueling season is winding down for nuclear facilities, with spring forecasts calling for the least offline time since 2006.  Full Article