Burning vehicles are seen near the village of Ghajar on Israel's border with Lebanon January 28, 2015. REUTERS/Maruf Khatib

Deaths on Lebanon border

JERUSALEM/BEIRUT - Two Israeli soldiers and a Spanish peacekeeper were killed in an exchange of fire between Hezbollah and Israel.  Full Article | Slideshow 

Apple, Boeing keep Wall Street afloat; energy weighs 12:18pm EST

NEW YORK - U.S. stocks were buoyed on Wednesday by earnings including Apple and Boeing, but a sharp drop in energy shares cut into gains, leaving indexes little changed.

Mother of Islamic State captive Jordanian pilot Muath al-Kasaesbeh holds his picture while sitting in a car, as she takes part in a demonstration demanding that the Jordanian government negotiate with Islamic state and for the release of her son, in front of the prime minister's building in Amman, January 27, 2015. REUTERS/Muhammad Hamed

Jordan proposes prisoner swap

AMMAN - Jordan offered to hand over an Iraqi woman on death row for her role in a 2005 suicide bomb attack if a Jordanian pilot captured by Islamic State was released.  Full Article 

U.S. President Barack Obama gestures as he talks about access to high-speed broadband for Americans after he views a fiber optics splicing demonstration at Cedar Falls Utilities in Iowa, January 14, 2015.     REUTERS/Larry Downing

Budget cuts hit 'red' states hardest

WASHINGTON, Jan 28 - As Washington has tightened its belt in recent years, the budget cuts have sliced most deeply in states where President Obama is unpopular, according to an analysis of federal spending by Reuters.  Full Article 

An environmental group employee holds a used filter sock in Bismarck, North Dakota January 27, 2015. REUTERS/Andrew Cullen

North Dakota oil seeks looser radiation rules

WILLISTON, N.D. - North Dakota's oil industry is pushing to change the state's radioactive waste disposal laws as part of a broad effort to conserve cash as oil prices tumble.  Full Article 

A man wearing a mask depicting Apple's co-founder Steve Jobs holds up a cardboard cut-out of Apple's new iPhone 6, as he walks into the Apple Store at Tokyo's Omotesando shopping district September 19, 2014. REUTERS/Yuya Shino

What will Apple do with its cash?

Apple's blockbuster results and a ballooning cash pile may prompt the company to return more than $200 billion to investors, analysts say.  Full Article 

A cross country skier makes his way along the Charles River past the Boston skyline following a winter blizzard in Cambridge, Massachusetts January 28, 2015. REUTERS/Brian Snyder

Oceanfront Massachusetts cleans after flooding

MARSHFIELD, Mass. - Ocean Street in the waterfront Massachusetts town of Marshfield was littered with lobster traps, downed wires and chunks of houses, the day after a massive blizzard hammered New England.  Full Article 

Greek debt deal gets more difficult

Greece's Prime Minister has spoken of "radical change" and pledged to negotiate responsibly with international creditors. But as Sonia Legg reports doing both is looking increasingly difficult.

Allyn Bonnenfant, a member of the French community, carries a tray of croissants in her patisserie in Netanya, a city of 180,000 on the Mediterranean north of Tel Aviv, that has become the semi-official capital of the French community in Israel, January 25, 2015. REUTERS/Ronen Zvulun

Hands off those hot spots

French Jews put down roots in Israel, new obstacles for hotels trying to serve expensive wi-fi and more you may have missed. By Arlene Getz.  Full Article