A woman from the minority Yazidi sect, who fled violence in the Iraqi town of Sinjar, makes bread at Bajed Kadal refugee camp, southwest of Dohuk province in this August 22, 2014 file photo. REUTERS/Youssef Boudlal/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 

First Ebola case diagnosed in the United States: CDC 5:53pm EDT

- U.S. health officials said on Tuesday the first patient infected with the deadly Ebola virus had been diagnosed in the country, in a new sign of how the outbreak ravaging West Africa can spread globally.

LIVE EVENT: CDC confirms first Ebola case diagnosed in U.S.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Director Tom Frieden holds a press conference after officials confirmed the first case of Ebola diagnosed in the U.S.  Full Article 

Protesters walk along a street as they block an area near the government headquarters building in Hong Kong September 30, 2014. REUTERS/Carlos Barria

Lightning, rain fail to deter Hong Kong protests

HONG KONG - Thousands of pro-democracy protesters thronged the rain-soaked streets of Hong Kong, ratcheting up pressure on the pro-Beijing government that has called the action illegal.  Full Article 

U.S. Secret Service Director Julia Pierson is sworn in to testify at the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee hearing on "White House Perimeter Breach: New Concerns about the Secret Service" on Capitol Hill in Washington September 30, 2014.REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque

Lawmakers scold Secret Service chief

WASHINGTON - Lawmakers scolded the head of the U.S. Secret Service over a security breach that allowed a knife-wielding intruder to run deep into the White House, and Director Julia Pierson promised to make changes to agency procedures.  Full Article 

The U.S. Army's AH-64 Apache helicopter attends a live-fire exercise of South Korean and U.S. armed forces, held to mark the 62nd anniversary of the start of the Korean War, during a media day of the fire exercise in Pocheon, 46 km (29 miles) northeast of Seoul, June 19, 2012. Picture taken June 19, 2012.  REUTERS/Kim Hong-Ji

Hackers charged with stealing Xbox, Army tech

WASHINGTON - Four members of an alleged computer hacking ring were charged with stealing more than $100 million worth of software and data used to train military pilots and related to Microsoft's Xbox gaming console.  Full Article 

Pro-independence supporters hold cut-outs of ballot boxes during a protest near Spanish parliament in Madrid September 30, 2014. REUTERS/Andrea Comas

Catalonia suspends independence campaign

MADRID - Catalonia's regional government said it would temporarily suspend formal campaigning for a referendum on independence from Spain, after Madrid filed a legal appeal to stop the vote taking place.  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 

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Wife of British hostage appeals to Islamic State

"We have not abandoned Alan," says the wife of British hostage, Alan Henning, who renewed appeals to Islamic State to spare his life. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).

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