U.S. Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen delivers remarks before the U.S. Chamber of Commerce's National Small Business Week 2014 event in Washington May 15, 2014. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

Fed rate hikes may come sooner than expected

WASHINGTON - The U.S. Federal Reserve issued projections that suggested it may raise borrowing costs more quickly than it earlier planned.  Full Article | Live Coverage 

Ukraine PM tells army to be on full battle alert despite ceasefire 3:52pm EDT

KIEV - Ukraine's prime minister told government forces to remain on full battle alert on Wednesday as fighting in the rebel-held eastern city of Donetsk killed at least two civilians and further strained a ceasefire with Russian-backed separatists.

Wildfire rages through Northern California

Flames and smoke from the King Fire fill the sky above Fresh Pond, California September 16, 2014. REUTERS/Noah Berger

Fire crews in California battle a wildfire that has destroyed homes, lapped at rural schools and caused power outages.  Slideshow 

Construction of new homes on Cape San Blas on Florida’s Gulf Coast has continued even though the area is on a federal “blacklist” preventing it from receiving federal aid to protect its fast-eroding shore. REUTERS/Phil Sears

Americans are flocking to sinking shores

Despite laws intended to curb development where rising seas pose the greatest threat, Reuters finds that government is happy to help the nation indulge in its passion for beachfront living.  Full Coverage 

U.S. President Barack Obama speaks after a military briefing at U.S. Central Command at MacDill Air Force Base in Tampa, Florida, September 17, 2014.  REUTERS/Larry Downing

Obama's commitment to Mideast allies tested

WASHINGTON - Several important tests loom for the U.S. administration's nascent coalition to “degrade and defeat” the ultra-hardline Islamic State whose militants have seized a third of both Iraq and Syria.  Full Article | Related Story 

A young girl holds a flag at a 'Yes' campaign rally in Glasgow, Scotland September 17, 2014. The referendum on Scottish independence will take place on September 18, when Scotland will vote whether or not to end the 307-year-old union with the rest of the United Kingdom.      REUTERS/Dylan Martinez

World holds its breath hoping Scots vote 'No'

PARIS - For reasons of self-interest and geopolitics, major powers from Beijing to Washington and Moscow to New Delhi are quietly praying the United Kingdom holds together.  Full Article 

Phil Schiller, Senior Vice President at Apple Inc., speaks about the iPhone 6 (L) and the iPhone 6 Plus during an Apple event at the Flint Center in Cupertino, California, September 9, 2014. REUTERS/Stephen Lam

Apple to unveil new iPads, operating system

Apple is set to launch two new iPads and release the next version of its Mac operating system at its next event on Oct. 21.  Full Article | Related Story 

Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice celebrates his touchdown against the Washington Redskins in the second half of their NFL football game in Landover, Maryland in this December 9, 2012 file photo. REUTERS/Gary Cameron/Files

Rice appeals against indefinite NFL suspension

WASHINGTON - Ray Rice appealed against his indefinite suspension by the NFL for a one-punch knockout of his wife as the former Baltimore Ravens running back tries to resuscitate his career.  Full Article 

Shi'ite fighters, who have joined the Iraqi army to fight against militants of the Islamic State, formerly known as the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), take part in field training in the desert in the province of Najaf, September 16, 2014. REUTERS/Alaa Al-Marjani

Stay out of religious wars

There will be no peace in the Middle East until local peoples crave it so intensely they are willing to cultivate it.  Commentary