Signage changing the name to "New York Shack Exchange" is displayed on the facade of the New York Stock Exchange to celebrate the IPO of Shake Shack in New York's financial district January 30, 2015.  REUTERS/Brendan McDermid

Volatile trading ends lower

NEW YORK - Major indexes ended down for both the week and the month of January as investors worried about weak U.S. growth and whether instability in Europe could hurt corporate earnings.  Full Article 

U.S. ground troops could be needed in Iraq: Chuck Hagel 30 Jan 2015

WASHINGTON - Outgoing Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said in an interview on Friday the United States might eventually need to send non-combat ground troops to Iraq to help turn back Islamic State forces.

A woman reacts as she walks through a house damaged in what locals said was recent shelling, in the suburbs of Donetsk January 30, 2015.  REUTERS/Alexander Ermochenko

Ukraine peace talks aborted as civilians die

DONETSK, Ukraine/MINSK - Civilians were killed on both sides in heavy fighting in eastern Ukraine, while an attempt to reopen peace talks in neighboring Belarus was aborted before it began.  Full Article 


Vigilantes fight human trafficking

Armed volunteers patrol southern Thailand to help to tackle human trafficking as the country fights to improve its record.  Video 

An illustration picture shows the logo of car-sharing service app Uber on a smartphone next to the picture of an official German taxi sign in Frankfurt, September 15, 2014. REUTERS/Kai Pfaffenbach

Uber will improve privacy, data security

SAN FRANCISCO - Ride service Uber, which is trying to enhance its image after several controversies, released the findings of a report on its handling of passenger data and said it would act on all the report's recommendations for improvements.  Full Article 

New York Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver leaves the federal court in New York January 22, 2015. REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton

American corruption is exceptional, too

The difference between corruption in the United States and many truly lawless nations is that U.S. politicians invariably get caught.  Commentary 

Former Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney arrives with his wife Ann to speak at the Republican National Committee Winter Meeting in San Diego, California January 16, 2015.  REUTERS/Mike Blake

Romney opts out of a 2016 run for president

WASHINGTON - Republican Mitt Romney bowed out of the 2016 U.S. presidential race, and told supporters it was time for the next generation of party leaders to seek the White House.  Full Article 

Hometown of Jordanian pilot held by IS anxious for news

Residents of the hometown of a Jordanian pilot being held by Islamic State militants march in the streets, seeking information about his fate, after the deadline for the insurgents' demand passed. Yiming Woo reports.