Scholarism founder Joshua Wong (C) and other members gesture during a flag raising ceremony in Hong Kong October 1, 2014, celebrating the 65th anniversary of China National Day.   REUTERS/Stringer

Hong Kong protesters stand firm on National Day

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 and vowed to press ahead with National Day celebrations.  Full Article 

Asian shares slip, dollar near highs; Hong Kong unrest eyed 8:35pm EDT

TOKYO - Asian shares got off on the back foot on Wednesday as continued civil unrest in Hong Kong sapped confidence, while the dollar index was in sight of a four-year high after marking its best quarterly gain in six years.

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 - The head of the U.S. Secret Service faced scathing criticism for the agency allowing an intruder with a knife to run into the White House.  Full Article 

U.S. President Barack Obama and India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi end their meeting in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington September 30, 2014.  REUTERS/Larry Downing

Obama, Modi work to deepen U.S.-India ties

WASHINGTON - Barack Obama and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi agreed to deepen U.S.-Indian cooperation on maritime security to ensure freedom of navigation in what amounts to a response to China's naval muscle-flexing in the Asia-Pacific.  Full Article | Video 

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 

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 August 22, 2014. REUTERS/Youssef Boudlal

Islamic State uses grain to tighten grip in Iraq

SHEKHAN Iraq - The militant group now controls a large chunk of Iraq’s wheat supplies. The U.N. estimates land under IS control accounts for as much as 40 percent of Iraq’s annual production of wheat, one of the country’s most important food staples.  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 

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First Ebola case diagnosed in the United States - CDC

A man has tested positive for the deadly Ebola virus at a Texas hospital,making it the first time the deadly virus has been diagnosed in the U.S. Deborah Gembara reports.

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