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 

A skier heads down the mountain inside of Park City Resort in Park City, Utah January 21, 2009. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson

Why there's a flurry of ski resort M&A

CEOs and corporate financiers revel in the power of the deal - and Vail Resorts is taking the idea to extremes. By acquiring clusters of snowy U.S. retreats in different climates and selling “Epic” season passes, it is trying to smooth bumps caused by Mother Nature.  Full Article 

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