Islamic State pushes back hostage swap deadline

AMMAN/TOKYO - Islamic State militants appeared to push back a deadline to Thursday to swap hostages from Jordan and Japan for an Iraqi female prisoner in Jordan.  Video | Full Article 

U.S. jobless claims drop sharply to near 15-year low 8:55am EST

WASHINGTON - The number of Americans filing new claims for unemployment benefits tumbled last week to its lowest level in nearly 15 years, adding to bullish signals on the labor market.

Alibaba Group Executive Chairman Jack Ma prepares to deliver a keynote speech during the Cross-Strait CEO Summit in Taipei, December 15, 2014. Reuters/Pichi Chuang

Alibaba revenue disappoints, shares head south

Alibaba Group's quarterly revenue fell short of analysts' expectations, showing signs of a slowdown in the Chinese e-commerce company's growth during the hard-fought holiday shopping season.  Full Article 

Police officers stand near the body of Anzoategui state policeman Mario Figueroa after he was shot dead in Barcelona, in the state of Anzoategui January 24, 2015. REUTERS/Stringer

Nearly one cop killed per day in Venezuela

CARACAS -"If I put a criminal in jail, he'll be out within days, and without doubt, he'll look for me in my house to shoot me dead. And on police salaries, we can't live in luxury mansions but in 'barrios' or lower middle-class zones right next to the gangs."  Full Article 

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

Israel, Hezbollah signal their flare-up is over

JERUSALEM/BEIRUT - Israel and Hezbollah signaled their rare flare-up in fighting across the Israel-Lebanon border was over, after the Lebanese guerrillas killed two Israeli troops in retaliation for a deadly air strike in Syria last week.  Full Article 

Boeing 747-8 Intercontinental jetliner, tail number A7-HHE which is the first-delivery VIP-configured aircraft for an undisclosed customer, rolls out for takeoff from Paine Field in Everett, Washington on February 28, 2012.  REUTERS/Anthony Bolante

The next Air Force One will be a Boeing 747-8

WASHINGTON - The U.S. Air Force will use Boeing's commercial 747-8 airliner to replace its current fleet of two Air Force One presidential aircraft, one of the most visible symbols of the United States.  Full Article 

A McDonald's restaurant is pictured in Encinitas, California September 9, 2014. REUTERS/Mike Blake

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 

Kelly (last name not given), 29, the wife of a passenger aboard the missing Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370, holds a picture of her husband walking with Malaysia's Prime Minister Najib Razak, at a news conference in Putrajaya January 29, 2015. REUTERS/Olivia Harris (MALAYSIA - Tags: DISASTER TRANSPORT SOCIETY)

Malaysia rules missing jet an 'accident'

KUALA LUMPUR - Malaysia declared the March 2014 disappearance of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 an accident, clearing the way for the airline to pay compensation to victims' relatives while the search for the plane goes on.  Full Article 

Co-pilot flying plane prior to crash

Information from the black boxes of crashed AirAsia flight show co-pilot was controlling the plane prior to the accident. Julie Noce reports.