Smoke billows from a controlled burn of spilled oil off the Louisiana coast in the Gulf of Mexico coast line June 13, 2010. REUTERS/Sean Gardner

Spill closure leaves BP open to growth, takeover

LONDON - BP's $18.7 billion settlement over the 2010 Gulf of Mexico spill draws a line under years of uncertainty to allow it to focus once again on growth but could make it an acquisition target.  Full Article 

Wall St. falls on simmering Greece worries, tepid data 1:45pm EDT

- U.S. stocks extended losses on Thursday after the International Monetary Fund warned Greece may need a large debt writeoff, and muted U.S. jobs data dampened the economic outlook.

Greeks head toward vote in anger and confusion

Pensioners struggle to enter a National Bank branch to receive part of their pension in Iraklio on the island of Crete, Greece, July 2, 2015. REUTERS/Stefanos Rapanis

ATHENS - As Greece heads to a referendum, long lines at cash machines become a symbol of the misery it faces.  Full Article | Gallery 

Paige Leonard speaks with a recruiter from a jewelry and gem company during the Gemological Institute Of America (GIA)'s Jewelry Career Fair in New York in this file photo from July 30, 2012.  REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton/Files

Weak jobs report dampens rate hike hopes

WASHINGTON - U.S. job growth slowed in June and Americans left the labor force in droves, tempering expectations for a September interest rate hike from the Federal Reserve.  Full Article 

A body is carried by rescuers during a search and rescue operation following a ferry capsize in Ormoc city, central Philippines July 2, 2015. REUTERS/Ronald Frank Dejon

Philippine ferry sinks, killing at least 36

MANILA - A ferry carrying 189 passengers and crew capsized off the central Philippines in heavy waves, killing at least 36 people but the majority of those on board were rescued, the coast guard and police said.  Full Article 

Lightning streaks across the sky as lava flows from a volcano in Eyjafjallajokul, Iceland, April 17, 2010. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson

When lightning strikes

A collection of past and current Reuters pictures features stunning images of electrical storms from around the globe.  Slideshow 

Taiwan crash pilot 'pulled the wrong throttle'

Taiwan's Aviation Safety Council report says the captain of a TransAsia Airways mistakenly switched off the plane's only working engine. Yiming Woo reports.