U.S. economy cools in fourth quarter, but consumer spending shines 12:37pm EST

WASHINGTON - U.S. economic growth slowed sharply in the fourth quarter as weak business spending and a wider trade deficit offset the fastest pace of consumer spending since 2006.

Former Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney arrives with his wife Ann to speak at the Republican National Committee Winter Meeting in San Diego, California January 16, 2015.  REUTERS/Mike Blake

Romney opts out of a 2016 run for president

WASHINGTON - Republican Mitt Romney bowed out of the 2016 U.S. presidential race, and told supporters it was time for the next generation of party leaders to seek the White House.  Full Article 

Passersby walk in front of the Shake Shack restaurant in the Manhattan borough of New York, December 29, 2014. REUTERS/Keith Bedford

Shake Shack doubles in stock debut

Shares of high-end hamburger chain Shake Shack surged in their market debut, on expectations of international growth that could outstrip its fast food rivals.  Video | Full Article 

A DNA double helix is seen in an undated artist's illustration released by the National Human Genome Research Institute to Reuters on May 15, 2012. REUTERS/National Human Genome Research Institute/Handout

U.S. wants to study DNA from 1 million people

WASHINGTON - The United States has proposed analyzing genetic information from more than 1 million American volunteers as part of a new initiative to understand human disease and develop medicines targeted to an individual's genetic make-up.  Full Article 


'I can't give up': Mother of Japanese hostage

The mother of Japanese journalist Kenji Goto, held by Islamic State militants says she is not giving up, as Japan works with Jordan to secure his release.   Video 

A rescue worker steps outside where victims' shoes are scattered after an explosion in a Shi'ite mosque in Shikarpur, located in Pakistan's Sindh province January 30, 2015. REUTERS/Amir Hussain

Blast at Pakistan Shi'ite mosque kills 49

SHIKARPUR, Pakistan - At least 49 people were killed in a powerful explosion at a crowded Shi'ite mosque in Pakistan, the latest sectarian attack to hit the South Asian nation.  Full Article 

Clean-up efforts resume following deadly blast in Mexico

Clean-up efforts are underway in Mexico City where a gas truck explosion ripped through a maternity hospital while, Thursday afternoon, Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto visited victims of the blast. Nathan Frandino reports.