A masked Islamic State militant speaks next to a man purported to be U.S. journalist Steven Sotloff at an unknown location in this still image from an undated video posted on a social media website.  REUTERS/Social Media Website via REUTERS TV

A new front in Islamic State's war with the U.S.

BAGHDAD/BEIRUT - Islamic State's beheading of a U.S. journalist suggests it has gained enough confidence seizing large areas of Iraq and Syria to target Americans despite the risks.  Full Article 

Wall St. inches up with Fed minutes on tap; retailers resilient 12:01pm EDT

NEW YORK - U.S. stocks inched higher Wednesday after two days of gains, ahead of the release of minutes from the most recent Federal Reserve meeting, as investors brushed off bleak earnings forecasts from some retailers like Lowe's and Target.

A demonstrator protesting against the shooting of Michael Brown talks to the police in Ferguson, Missouri August 19, 2014. REUTERS/Joshua Lott

Attorney general headed for Ferguson

FERGUSON, Mo. - Attorney General Eric Holder was due to visit Ferguson, Missouri, hours after nearly 50 protesters were arrested in more demonstrations over the killing of an unarmed black teenager by a white police officer.  Full Article | Slideshow 

Palestinians bury the bodies of the wife of Mohammed Deif, Hamas's military leader, and his infant son Ali, whom medics said were killed in an Israeli air strike, at a cemetery in Beit Lahiya in the northern Gaza Strip August 20, 2014. REUTERS/Mohammed Salem

Wife and son of Hamas leader killed

GAZA/JERUSALEM - An Israeli air strike in Gaza killed the wife and infant son of Hamas's military leader, Mohammed Deif, the group said, calling it an attempt to assassinate him after a ceasefire collapsed.  Full Article | Slideshow 

Speaker of the House John Boehner (R-OH) arrives for a Republican caucus meeting at the Capitol in Washington August 1, 2014. REUTERS/Joshua Roberts

House conservatives bode ill for Boehner

FOND DU LAC, Wis. - If House Speaker John Boehner wants to keep his job next year, he had better be sure conservatives in the House are kept happy.  Full Article 

Traders work on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) February 10, 2014.   REUTERS/Brendan McDermid

'Good news' shock could kill the bull market

LONDON - If bad economic news continues to translate into good news for investors, any sharp acceleration of the world economy from here could well kill off the long-running equity bull market.  Full Article 

Devices used to take blood pressure, temperature, and examine eyes and ears rest on a wall inside of a doctor's office in New York March 22, 2010.  REUTERS/Lucas Jackson

When 'no' doesn't mean 'no' in health insurance

NEW YORK - Some doctors really mean it when they say they do not take health insurance. For others, it is more of a nuanced statement.  Full Article 

An employee arranges cheese for sale at a grocery store in Moscow, August 19, 2014. REUTERS/Maxim Zmeyev

Pity Moscow’s foodies as sanctions bite hard

By imposing sanctions on food imports from the United States, European Union, Canada and Japan, Russia’s kefir-drinking head of state scuppered my chances of making a decent plate of cacio e pepe or a batch of brownies for the next calendar year.  Commentary 

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Hostage situation near Chicago ends peacefully

Two children and two adults are recovered safely after authorities enter a home near Chicago where two suspects were allegedly holding them hostage. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).