People walk past television screens displaying a news program, about an Islamic State video showing Japanese captive Kenji Goto, on a street in Tokyo January 28, 2015.   REUTERS/Yuya Shino

New IS hostage deadline

AMMAN/TOKYO - An audio message purportedly from the Japanese journalist being held by Islamic State militants said a Jordanian hostage also held by the group would be killed unless an Iraqi female prisoner in Jordan was released by Thursday.  Full Article | Video 

Oil holds above $48 a barrel after U.S. stocks hit record high 5:13am EST

LONDON - Brent crude oil futures held above $48 a barrel on Thursday as investor inflows offset data showing that U.S. crude stocks had hit a record high.

People are silhouetted as they pose with mobile devices in front of a screen projected with a Facebook logo, in this picture illustration taken in Zenica October 29, 2014.REUTERS/Dado Ruvic

Facebook tops Wall Street revenue target

SAN FRANCISCO - Facebook's revenue grew 49 percent in the fourth quarter, as mobile advertising growth helped the world's largest Internet social network beat Wall Street's targets for earnings and sales.  Full Article 

McDonald's CEO Don Thompson takes part in a session focused on 'Agriculture' during the Climate Summit at the United Nations in New York September 23, 2014. CREDIT: REUTERS/ADREES LATIF

McDonald's CEO Don Thompson to retire

McDonald's Corp said Chief Executive Don Thompson would retire at the end of February and be succeeded by Steve Easterbrook, the company's chief brand officer.  Full Article 

United States Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen speaks at the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston Economic Conference on Inequality of Economic Opportunity in Boston, Massachusetts October 17, 2014.      REUTERS/Brian Snyder

Fed upbeat on economy, cites strong job gains

WASHINGTON - The Federal Reserve said the U.S. economy was expanding "at a solid pace" with strong job gains in a signal that the central bank remains on track with its plans to raise interest rates this year.  Video | Full Article 

Jan 27, 2015; Phoenix, AZ, USA; Seattle Seahawks fans during media day for Super Bowl XLIX at US Airways Center. Mandatory Credit: Rob Schumacher-Arizona Republic via USA TODAY Sports

Weighing the cost of going to the Super Bowl

NEW YORK - Is it worth it to buy the tickets and make the trip to see the Super Bowl in person?  Full Article 

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

Hezbollah not for escalating violence: Israel

JERUSALEM - Israel said it received a message from the Lebanese militant group Hezbollah that it was backing away from further violence, a day after the worst deadly clashes in years erupted along the border.  Full Article