A man gets gasoline at a BP station in St. Louis, Missouri January 14, 2015. REUTERS/Kate Munsch

GDP growth seen aided by a break at the pump

WASHINGTON - The U.S. economy likely grew at a brisk clip in the fourth quarter as lower gasoline prices buoyed consumer spending, in a show of resilience despite a darkening global outlook.  Full Article 

Dollar set for record run, European shares rise 4:53am EST

LONDON - The dollar was on track on Friday for its best run since it was floated in 1971, notching up a seventh straight month of gains, while European shares headed for their best monthly performance in more than three years.

People look at a TV screen broadcasting a news program about Japanese journalist Kenji Goto (top L), who is being held hostage by Islamic State militants, and Sajida al-Rishawi (top R), an Iraqi female prisoner in Jordan, along a street in Tokyo January 29, 2015. REUTERS/Yuya Shino

Japan, Jordan seek news on fate of hostages

AMMAN/TOKYO - Japan and Jordan were working closely to find out what had happened to two of their nationals being held by Islamic State, after a deadline passed for the release of a would-be suicide bomber being held on death row in Amman.  Full Article 

People are silhouetted as they pose with laptops in front of a screen projected with a Google logo, in this picture illustration taken in Zenica October 29, 2014.   REUTERS/Dado Ruvic

Google fourth-quarter revenue misses target

SAN FRANCISCO - Google's revenue grew 15 percent in the fourth quarter but fell short of Wall Street's target on declining online ad prices and unfavorable foreign exchange rates.  Full Article 

Jack Ma, Executive Chairman of Alibaba Group, speaks at the WSJD Live conference in Laguna Beach, California October 27, 2014.  REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson

Politics overshadow Alibaba's fairy-tale run

SAN FRANCISCO - Alibaba's underwhelming holiday quarter performance and an escalating war of words with a powerful Chinese industry regulator highlight two major risks to its seemingly fairy-tale ascent: politics and the shift to mobile commerce.  Full Article 

Apartheid death-squad leader Eugene de Kock (L) appears before the Truth And Reconciliation Commission (TRC) amnesty hearing with his lawyer Schalk Hugo in Pretoria in this May 24, 1999 file photo. REUTERS/Juda Ngwenya/Files

South Africa grants parole to 'Prime Evil' killer

PRETORIA - Apartheid death-squad leader Eugene de Kock, dubbed 'Prime Evil' for his role in the torture and murder of scores of black South African activists in the 1980s and early 1990s, was granted parole after more than 20 years in prison.  Full Article 

Suge Knight is shown at his desk August 8, 2001 in Los Angeles.

Suge Knight questioned after fatal hit-and-run

LOS ANGELES - Rap mogul Marion "Suge" Knight was being interviewed by authorities, hours after he was named as a suspect in a hit-and-run that killed one person near Los Angeles.  Full Article