U.S. jobless claims, factory data give economy some shine 11:15am EDT

WASHINGTON - New applications for unemployment benefits held near their pre-recession levels last week and factory activity in the Mid-Atlantic region accelerated in April, painting a bright picture of the economy.

Vessels involved in salvage operations are seen near the upturned South Korean Sewol ferry in the sea off Jindo April 17, 2014. REUTERS/Issei Kato

Hundreds still missing in Korea ferry accident

JINDO, South Korea - Rescuers searched for hundreds of people, mostly teenage schoolchildren, still missing after a ferry capsized more than 36 hours ago.  Full Article 

A man takes a photo of the U.S. Capitol, on the eve of a potential federal government shutdown, in Washington September 30, 2013.  REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque

Cell phone search case is easy call for Court

While my phone is mostly filled with music and audio books, I don’t look forward to the day that, say, a drunk and disorderly arrest exposes all of its contents to a prosecutor because a police officer is looking for additional criminal evidence.  Full Article 

Handout photo of a pickup truck on fire after it was hit by a Jordanian warplane following failure to heed warnings not to cross into Jordan from Syria April 16, 2014. REUTERS/WWW.AMMONNEWS.NET/HANDOUT VIA REUTERS

Jihadis returning from Syria rattle Jordan

AMMAN - Three years into Syria's civil war a growing number of Jordanian jihadists are coming home, returning to a Western-aligned monarchy that's torn by conflicting interests in the uprising against Bashar al-Assad.  Full Article 

A hydrogen nozzle is plugged into a Toyota Fuel Cell Hybrid Vehicle during the Toyota Advanced Technologies media briefing in Tokyo in this October 10, 2013 file photo.   REUTERS/Yuya Shino/Files

In green car race, Toyota adds muscle

TOYOTA CITY, Japan/IRVINE, California -Toyota is launching a hydrogen-powered car next year. The vehicle culminates a 20-year quest during which Toyota struggled first to get the technology to work and then to lower manufacturing costs.   Full Article 

China's President Xi Jinping attends a meeting at the European Commission headquarters in Brussels March 31, 2014.  REUTERS/Francois Lenoir

Xi to replace corrupt officials with loyalists

BEIJING - Chinese President Xi Jinping plans to use a purge of senior officials suspected of corruption to put his own men and reform-minded bureaucrats into key positions across the Communist Party, the government and the military, sources said.  Full Article 

Edward Hadas

Don’t bother with share-based pay

Coca-Cola’s controversial share award scheme takes a bad idea to a foolish extreme.  Commentary 

Steven Brill

Obama and his Cabinet

Has 'aloof' become not just a shorthand description of Obama's personality, but also something that explains the shortcomings of his administration?   Commentary 

Neal Gabler

America: The anecdotal nation

When anecdotes and facts compete in America, the anecdotes usually wind up winning. This can be worrisome when it comes to communicating public policy.  Commentary 

Keith Koffler

Liberals are winning the language war

Are conservatives linguistically challenged? Or are they just naive enough to think they can win the battle of ideas with — ideas?  Commentary 

Hugo Dixon

How Greece can turn vice to virtue

The vicious cycle of two years ago is turning virtuous – see Athens' return to the bond market last week. As ever, the weak spot is politics.  Commentary