Mother of Islamic State captive Jordanian pilot Muath al-Kasaesbeh holds his picture while sitting in a car, as she takes part in a demonstration demanding that the Jordanian government negotiate with Islamic state and for the release of her son, in front of the prime minister's building in Amman, January 27, 2015. REUTERS/Muhammad Hamed

Jordan proposes prisoner swap with Islamic State

AMMAN - Jordan is willing to hand over an Iraqi woman jailed for her role in a 2005 suicide bomb attack if a Jordanian pilot captured by Islamic State is released.  Full Article 

Apple, Boeing lift Wall Street; Fed eyed 10:32am EST

NEW YORK - U.S. stocks rose on Wednesday, boosted by earnings including Apple and Boeing, while focus could shift later in the day to the Federal Reserve's first two-day policy meeting of the year.

Burning vehicles are seen near the village of Ghajar on Israel's border with Lebanon January 28, 2015. REUTERS/Maruf Khatib

Violence flares on Israel-Lebanon border

JERUSALEM/BEIRUT - Two Israeli soldiers and a Spanish peacekeeper were killed in an exchange of fire between Hezbollah and Israel that has raised fears of a full-blown conflict between the militant Islamist group and the Jewish state.  Full Article 

Mason Gloudeman, 26, uses a snowboard to jump from a pile of snow in Fort Greene Park in Brooklyn after a snow storm in New York January 27, 2015. REUTERS/Stephanie Keith

Don't need a weatherman

NEW YORK - In the end, it was the weather forecasts that crippled New York City, not the blizzard.  Full Article 

U.S. President Barack Obama gestures as he talks about access to high-speed broadband for Americans after he views a fiber optics splicing demonstration at Cedar Falls Utilities in Iowa, January 14, 2015.     REUTERS/Larry Downing

Budget cuts hit 'red' states hardest

WASHINGTON, Jan 28 - As Washington has tightened its belt in recent years, the budget cuts have sliced most deeply in states where President Obama is unpopular, according to an analysis of federal spending by Reuters.  Full Article 

A man wearing a mask depicting Apple's co-founder Steve Jobs holds up a cardboard cut-out of Apple's new iPhone 6, as he walks into the Apple Store at Tokyo's Omotesando shopping district September 19, 2014. REUTERS/Yuya Shino

What will Apple do with its cash?

Apple's blockbuster results and a ballooning cash pile may prompt the company to return more than $200 billion to investors, analysts say.  Full Article 

U.S. Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen testifies before the House of Representatives Financial Services Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington July 16, 2014. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque

Fed seen remaining patient with rate guidance

WASHINGTON - The Federal Reserve is expected to signal it remains on track to begin raising interest rates later this year, as the central bank shows confidence that low inflation and rising risks from abroad have yet to derail economic recovery.  Full Article 

Residents count cost of Northeast blizzard

Massachusetts residents are contending with the aftermath of Tuesday's powerful blizzard, which froze much of the region and triggered coastal flooding. Vanessa Johnston reports.