WASHINGTON - A gauge of U.S. business investment plans unexpectedly fell in December, a potential sign that a slowing global growth and falling crude oil prices was starting to have an impact on the economy.
KIEV - Nine Ukrainian servicemen have been killed in fighting Russian-backed separatists in the past 24 hours, the Kiev military said, as rebels fought to encircle a key town straddling transport routes between their two strongholds. Full Article
TOKYO - Japan has vowed to work with Jordan to secure the release of a Japanese journalist held by Islamic State militants after the killing last week of another Japanese captive, but it reiterated that it would not give in to terrorism. Full Article
Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker says conditions are far better than expected with snowfall amounts falling short of the three feet that was forecast. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).