Villagers harvest wheat in a field in Albu Efan, southwest of Falluja, 30 miles west of Baghdad, in this May 2, 2008 file photo.       REUTERS/Mohanned Faisal/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.

Hong Kong protesters dig in

Protesters take shelter from the rain under umbrellas as they block the main street to the financial Central district outside of the government headquarters in Hong Kong, September 30, 2014. REUTERS/Carlos Barria

HONG KONG - Tens of thousands of pro-democracy protesters extended a blockade of Hong Kong streets, stockpiling supplies and erecting makeshift barricades.  Full Article | Live Video 

A PayPal sign is seen at an office building in San Jose, California May 28, 2014. REUTERS/Beck Diefenbach

EBay to spin off PayPal, following Icahn's whim

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 

The White House is seen through layers of fencing in Washington, September 24, 2014.  REUTERS/Larry Downing

Intruder ran through White House main floor

WASHINGTON - The man who breached security at the White House this month raced through several rooms on the main floor, penetrating farther into the building than previously disclosed, a Republican congressman said.  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 

Bill Gross, co-founder and co-chief investment officer of Pacific Investment Management Company (PIMCO), speaks at the Morningstar Investment Conference in Chicago, Illinois, June 19, 2014. REUTERS/Jim Young

Vanguard, BlackRock to gain from Gross exit

NEW YORK/BOSTON - Vanguard Group and BlackRock could be prime destinations for hundreds of billions of dollars in assets that may flee Pimco in the wake of the sudden exit of Bill Gross, the celebrated "Bond King" of mutual funds.   Full Article 

Hong Kong protesters prepare for long-haul

Tens of thousands of pro-democracy protesters vow to continue their fight, occupying Hong Kong's central business district despite fears police may clear the roads before Chinese National Day. Jillian Kitchener reports.

Live: Secret Service testimony

Secret Service Director Julia Pierson testifies before Congress on the intruder who hopped the White House gate and made it to the East Wing.

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