U.S. general hasn't ruled out ground troops in Iraq

WASHINGTON - The most senior U.S. military officer raised the possibility that U.S. troops might need to take on a larger ground role as they fend off Islamic State militants in Iraq.  Video | Full Article 

Alibaba options expected to be listed on Sept. 29: exchanges 7:04pm EDT

NEW YORK - Investors looking to hedge their bets or speculate on the direction of Alibaba Group's stock after its expected public sale of shares on Friday, will be able to trade its options in two weeks, as U.S. options exchanges are expected to list contracts on the company. | Video

A man washes his hands as a preventive measure against the Ebola virus on a street in Monrovia, September 13, 2014. REUTERS/James Giahyue

Obama to deploy troops to combat Ebola

WASHINGTON - The United States will send 3,000 troops to help tackle the Ebola outbreak as part of a ramped-up plan to halt the epidemic.  Full Article 

U.S. troops keep watch near a damaged vehicle at the site of a suicide attack in Kabul September 16, 2014. REUTERS/Mohammad Ismail

Deadly attack near U.S. embassy in Kabul

A suicide car bomber killed two U.S. troops and a Polish soldier in an attack on a convoy near the U.S. embassy in Kabul on Tuesday, the NATO-led coalition said, one of the worst attacks on international forces in the Afghan capital in months.  Video | Full Article 

Spanish ham is displayed for sale in a shop window at a grocery store in St. Petersburg August 13, 2014. REUTERS/Alexander Demianchuk

Russia risks recession, says ex-finance minister

MOSCOW - Russia risks slipping into recession because the government is not investing enough in the economy to weather Western sanctions, former finance minister Alexei Kudrin said, criticizing the strategy so far.  Full Article 

Nine-day-old chicks congregate at a Foster Farms chicken ranch near Turlock, California, June 16, 2014. REUTERS/Max Whittaker

Lawmakers want to curb antibiotic use on farms

Two lawmakers are calling for action to rein in antibiotic use in livestock in response to a Reuters investigation showing how top U.S. poultry firms have been administering drugs to their flocks.  Full Article 

SpaceX CEO Elon Musk speaks after unveiling the Dragon V2 spacecraft in Hawthorne, California May 29, 2014. REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni

Boeing, SpaceX to build 'space taxis' for NASA

CAPE CANAVERAL/WASHINGTON - NASA will partner with Boeing and SpaceX to build commercially owned and operated "space taxis" to fly astronauts to the International Space Station.  Full Article 

Dow touches record ahead of Fed vote

Summary: Dow hits lifetime peak on hopes Federal Reserve will not alter policy; Apple falls on China iPhone 6 launch doubts; Majority of Americans don't know what Alibaba is; UPS boosts holiday hiring plans. Conway G. Gittens reports.


Putin’s strategy could vex NATO

By David Axe and Robert Beckhusen