Potential 2016 Republican presidential candidate and former Florida Governor Jeb Bush answers a question from a reporter after speaking to the Greater Salem Chamber of Commerce in Salem, New Hampshire May 21, 2015. REUTERS/Brian Snyder

Jeb Bush's 4% solution

WASHINGTON - There were no fancy economic models when former Florida Governor Jeb Bush first said that 4 percent growth should be the overarching goal for the U.S. economy. But it has now become the central economic idea in his developing run for the White House.  Full Article 

China says U.S. actions in South China Sea 'irresponsible, dangerous' 4:23am EDT

BEIJING - China said on Friday it was "strongly dissatisfied" after a U.S. military plane flew over part of the South China Sea near where China is building artificial islands, and called on the United States to stop such action or risk causing an accident.

Tourists walk in the historical city of Palmyra, May 13, 2010. REUTERS/Mohamed Azakir

Islamic State says it controls Syria's Palmyra

BEIRUT - Islamic State fighters tightened their grip on the historic Syrian city of Palmyra and overran Iraqi government defenses east of Ramadi, the provincial capital that they seized five days earlier.  Full Article 

People gather at city hall in Baltimore, Maryland May 2, 2015. REUTERS/Eric Thayer

Grand jury indicts police in Freddie Gray case

A grand jury has returned charges, including one count of second-degree depraved heart murder, against six Baltimore police officers in the death of Freddie Gray. The officers will be arraigned on July 2.  Full Article 

An attendee at the Microsoft Ignite technology conference walks past the Hewlett-Packard (HP) logo in Chicago, Illinois, May 4, 2015. REUTERS/Jim Young

HP sells $2.3 billion China unit stake

HONG KONG - Hewlett-Packard will sell a controlling 51 percent stake in its China-based data-networking business to China's Tsinghua Unigroup for at least $2.3 billion, forming a partnership designed to create a Chinese technology powerhouse.  Full Article 

A sign warning of a Biosecure Area at a chicken farm in Harris, Iowa May 13, 2015.   REUTERS/Tom Polansek

Iowa bird-flu farms fall short on safety

IRETON, IOWA/CHICAGO - Measures to control the worst bird flu outbreak in U.S. history are not being enforced at several farms at its epicenter in northwestern Iowa, potentially increasing the risks that the disease could spread further.  Full Article 

Quake children in Nepal more vulnerable to trafficking

NGOs say Nepalese children are more vulnerable to human trafficking after deadly earthquakes. Julie Noce reports.