U.S. jobless claims drop, point to stronger labor market 10:57am EDT

WASHINGTON - The number of Americans filing new claims for unemployment benefits unexpectedly fell last week, a sign the labor market may be tightening.

Islamic State flags flutter on the Mullah Abdullah bridge in southern Kirkuk September 29, 2014. REUTERS/Ako Rasheed

'Staggering' crimes in Iraq by Islamic State

GENEVA - Islamic State insurgents in Iraq have carried out mass executions, abducted women and girls as sex slaves, and used children as fighters in systematic violations that may amount to war crimes, the United Nations said.  Full Article 

A protester carries a metal fence as he tries to block an avenue outside the offices of Hong Kong's Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying in Hong Kong October 2, 2014. REUTERS/Carlos Barria

Police warn protesters to stay out of buildings

HONG KONG - Hong Kong police promised to respond firmly to any attempt by thousands of pro-democracy protesters to occupy administrative buildings, and authorities urged people to immediately end their blockade of the city center.  Full Article 

View Pointe independent and assisted living facility staff welcome home Naomi Seifert (C) after she was evacuated because of the Waldo Canyon fire in Colorado Springs, Colorado June 29, 2012. REUTERS/Rick Wilking

Healthcare beyond Medicare

From Medicare to long-term care to health savings accounts. We explore the options - and the possibilities - in episode one of our 12-part series.  Video 

A woman is arrested after occupying a Bank of America branch during a "Make Wall Street Banks Pay" protest march in Los Angeles, California October 6, 2011. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson

Good governance gets a kick in the teeth

Bank of America gave CEO Brian Moynihan the additional title of chairman. The move not only puts too much power in one person’s hands, it reduces the position to a perk that can be granted or taken away, depending on performance.  Commentary 

U.S. Secret Service Director Julia Pierson testifies at the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee hearing on "White House Perimeter Breach: New Concerns about the Secret Service" on Capitol Hill in Washington September 30, 2014. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque

Secret Service director resigns under fire

WASHINGTON - Secret Service Director Julia Pierson resigned under fire after a series of security lapses came to light that exposed gaping holes in the protective cocoon around President Barack Obama.  Full Article | Video 

Bill Gross, co-founder and former co-chief investment officer of Pacific Investment Management Company (PIMCO), adjusts his sunglasses as he arrives to speak at the Morningstar Investment Conference in Chicago, Illinois, June 19, 2014.   REUTERS/Jim Young

Pall of star culture hurts Pimco

LONDON - Bill Gross' exit from Pimco has seen billions of dollars leave the fund group and even more value wiped off the share price of its parent company, offering a warning both to firms who rely on star managers and the investors who chase them.  Full Article 

Rhode Island child with Enterovirus dies after infection

A Rhode Island child hospitalized with Enterovirus D68 has died of a bacterial infection, in what state public health officials say was an unusual and dangerous combination. Mana Rabiee reports.