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

National Guard to withdraw from riot-torn town

FERGUSON Mo. - The governor of Missouri ordered the withdrawal of National Guard troops from riot-torn Ferguson, where tensions have eased after sometimes violent protests were staged nightly since police killed an unarmed black teenager.  Full Article 

S&P 500 sets record close on signs of healthier economy 5:19pm EDT

NEW YORK - U.S. stocks ended higher on Thursday, with the S&P 500 at a record after a flurry of positive economic data, as investors hoped for signs from an annual meeting of central bankers that interest-rate hikes are not imminent.

A Palestinian fighter from the Izz el-Deen al-Qassam Brigades, the armed wing of the Hamas movement, gestures inside an underground tunnel in Gaza August 18, 2014.  REUTERS/Mohammed Salem

Militants, weapons still transit Gaza tunnels

AL-SARSOURIYA Egypt - While tunnels used by Hamas to infiltrate Israel were a priority target of an Israeli offensive, many smuggling conduits into Egypt have skirted detection.  Full Article | Slideshow 

A sign outside a shop remembers James Foley in his hometown of Rochester, New Hampshire August 20, 2014.   REUTERS/Brian Snyder
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UK Muslim leader condemns beheading video

LONDON/BAGHDAD - A British Muslim leader called for action to tackle a jihadi sub-culture after an Islamic State video showed a suspected Briton beheading U.S. journalist James Foley held hostage in Syria.  Full Article 

Dr. Kent Brantly (R) speaks with colleagues at the case management center on the campus of ELWA Hospital in Monrovia, Liberia in this undated handout photograph courtesy of Samaritan's Purse.  REUTERS/Samaritan's Purse/Handout via Reuters

U.S. aid workers cleared of Ebola

ATLANTA - Two American aid workers who just weeks ago were gravely ill with Ebola they contracted in Liberia now pose no health risk to the public after being cleared of the virus and released from an Atlanta hospital.  Full Article 

A member of Moratorium Now protests in front of the Bank of America building in downtown Detroit, Michigan December 10, 2008. REUTERS/Carlos Barria

Bank of America settles probes for $17 billion

WASHINGTON - Bank of America Corp has reached a $16.65 billion settlement with U.S. regulators to settle charges that it misled investors into buying troubled mortgage-backed securities.  Video | 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 

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S&P 500 closes at new high

Summary: Upbeat economic data drives the S&P 500 to a new record; Bank of America reaches $17b settlement; Family Dollar rejects Dollar General bid in favor of Dollar Tree, Sears reports yet another loss. Bobbi Rebell reports.

A U.S. Air Force MQ-1 Predator unmanned aerial vehicle assigned to the California Air National Guard's 163rd Reconnaissance Wing flies near the Southern California Logistics Airport in Victorville, California in this January 7, 2012. REUTERS/U.S. Air Force/Tech. Sgt. Effrain Lopez/Handout

Anatomy of an air strike

In a war with Islamic State militants, information -- be it from electronic eavesdropping, aerial surveillance or human intelligence -- is as important as guns, jet fighters and bombs.  Commentary