Surfboards lean against a wall at the Google office in Santa Monica, California, October 11, 2010. Google will report its third-quarter earnings on Thursday.  REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson

Google misses expectations

SAN FRANCISCO - Google's revenue grew only 15 percent in the final three months of the year, falling short of analysts' expectations as the price of its online ads remained under pressure.  Full Article 

Wall Street finishes higher in afternoon rally as oil gains 6:24pm EST

NEW YORK - U.S. stocks enjoyed a late afternoon rally and closed higher on Thursday as an upturn in oil prices and a rally in Apple and Boeing shares helped offset some disappointing earnings and lingering questions over U.S. monetary policy.

Jack Ma, Executive Chairman of Alibaba Group, speaks at the WSJD Live conference in Laguna Beach, California October 27, 2014.  REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson

Politics overshadow Alibaba's fairy-tale run

SAN FRANCISCO - Alibaba's underwhelming holiday quarter performance and an escalating war of words with a powerful Chinese industry regulator highlight two major risks to its seemingly fairy-tale ascent: politics and the shift to mobile commerce.  Full Article 

Iraqi Shiite militia fighters hold the Islamic State flag as they celebrate after breaking the siege of Amerli by Islamic State militants, September 1, 2014.  REUTERS/Youssef Boudlal

Islamic State claims Egypt attacks that killed 27

CAIRO - Islamic State's Sinai wing claimed responsibility for attacks that killed at least 27, the group said on its official Twitter account.  Full Article 

Alexey Chaban stands in front of the Russian tank he damaged and then commandeered. REUTERS/Courtesy of Alexey Chaban

An act of mercy on a Ukraine battlefield

First Lieutenant Alexei Chaban of the Ukrainian 17th Tank Brigade has become an Internet sensation since he posted an open letter to the mother of a Russian tank commander whose life he had spared during a skirmish last week.  Commentary 

Lockheed Martin inducts the 15th C-5 Galaxy transport to become a C-5M Super Galaxy into its Marietta, Georgia, facilities, in this October 18, 2012 handout photograph released on October 19, 2012.  REUTERS/Lockheed Martin/Handout

Obama to propose spending lift for military

WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama's budget will call for an increase in U.S. domestic and military spending that would end spending caps known as "sequestration."  Full Article 

A camel rests at a fuel station in the Judean desert near the West Bank city of Jericho January 11, 2015. REUTERS/Baz Ratner

As gas prices drop, Americans favor oil exports

NEW YORK - Americans are more likely than ever to favor easing a ban on exporting crude oil, so long as it does not lead to higher gasoline prices that have recently sunk to near $2 a gallon, according to a new Reuters-Ipsos poll.  Full Article | Video 

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